February 04 2021
Having a perfect skin is a dream constantly being ruined by pesky pimples or some serious acne. Acne is a common skin disease that affects an estimated 85% of people at some point in their lives, and while acne is not a serious health threat, it is significant in an emotional and social sense. People of all ages get acne and people of all ages feel confidence leak out of their body the moment they spot it, but somehow this war never ends.
When we are young, we blame acne on hormones-which is reasonable to a certain extent- but we don't have an excuse when we grow up. People look at you and refer you a hundred product, some going as far as to take prescriptions or pass you a number of their dermatologist. However, the result doesn't change. "Unfortunately, we don't totally understand the difference in the cause of acne in teens versus adult acne," New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., says. "The main causes of acne are oil, acne-causing bacteria on your skin, sticky skin cells blocking your pores, and inflammation. Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and diet all likely play a role as well." One potential difference: "Where you're a teenager, your hormones are naturally fluctuating and you can't control it," says Jordana Mattioli, a medical esthetician in NYC. "But when you're an adult your hormones are fluctuating because of things like inflammation and stress." Unluckily for us, stress never goes away, but that doesn't mean we can't do something about acne.
The trick is to follow a good skin care routine that adapts to our unique skin and life. When it comes to her own skin-care routine, board-certified dermatologist Michelle Henry relies on an intuitive approach. "I like listening to my skin's needs on a daily basis and adjusting as needed," she says. However, Understanding the difference between creating a skincare regiment for acne-prone skin versus one for clear skin is the first step in creating a system that will help heal blemished skin. An acne skincare regimen will be centered on four goals: cleansing, exfoliating, controlling bacteria, and maintaining a healthy skin barrier with good emollients.
Taking the necessary steps outlined below will help you control your acne.
Step 1: Clean Your Face Properly
The first and most important rule is properly cleaning your face. Do not put makeup or skincare products on unwashed skin and properly remove any products or sweat from your face before going to bed. Remember washing your face is the most crucial step. Moreover, the cleanser that you use makes a lot of difference. For a cleanser to be most effective, you have to pay attention to your skin's needs and pick the ingredients accordingly. If your skin tends to be oily, choose products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid. For sensitive skin, look for gentle cleansers with lactic acid or hydrating ingredients like glycerin, which aren't as drying as those made for oilier types.
Step 2: Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating the skin is the process of removing dead cells from the outer layer of your skin using an exfoliant, which could either be a chemical and physical exfoliant. Physical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing your skin's surface with a scrub, dry brush, or another exfoliating skin care tool. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves the use of salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid), or enzymes to chemically break down surface buildup. Exfoliation lies among the best ways to improve your skin's texture and tone. If you have acne-prone skin, exfoliation can help clear out clogged pores that often lead to breakouts. It can also help fade acne scars faster by accelerating skin cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. However, it's also really easy to overdo it by exfoliating too often or using the wrong method for your skin type. Exfoliation should be done with caution, and not more than 2-3 times a week maximum. And warning, when using an exfoliant, if it hurts it doesn't mean it's working, it means that the product is too harsh. For an exfoliant, going to a dermatologist for recommendation is the nest option.
Step 3: Use Non Comedogenic Products
Typically, blemish-prone skin types are more affected because the sebaceous glands are already producing more sebum than other skin types, giving the acne bacteria a good feeding ground, which makes acne worse. Most makeup and skincare products in the market are comedogenic that further overload the skin and block pores leading to full-blown breakouts. Moreover, coconut oil, denatured alcohol and emollients such as Isopropyl Myristate, Isocetyl Stearate and Isopropyl Palmitate, which are found in our haircare and can cause bumps along the hairline and shoulders. Even products like Beeswax, cocoa butter, glycerin, almond oil or avocado oil are all big no-nos for skin prone to blackheads since they over burden the skin. Keep your products light, full of minerals and check the labels to see if they are Non-Comedogenic.
Step 4: Treat and Maintain
Try to drink as much as water as you can. Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated and keeps your skin glowing. Hydrated skin is also less prone to acne. Speaking of hydration, you can also keep your skin hydrated by using a water-based moisturizer and cleanser. Drinking water and using the right kind of moisturizer is the key to prevent pimples and acne. When you do get a pimple, don't pop it. Instead spot treat it with some tea tree oil or Calendula, and it dry out or it will leave a scar. The only thing worse than acne is acne scars. Healthy habits such as regular work outs and a balanced diet will also help with acne. Healthy nutrient supplements such as Alvizia's evening primrose soft gel capsules can help in keeping acne caused by infection at bay and rejuvenating aging skin.
Lastly, acne is caused by stress, so calm down. take a deep breath, follow the regime, and look beyond that tiny spot on your face. If you don't care about it then chances are that other people wont either. Yes, getting acne is annoying and it makes us uncomfortable, but the truth is that everyone gets it. So, follow the steps, take a breath and take on the world with a tea tree oil covered pimple on your forehead.