Struggling with acne can be tough.
Whether it’s a few blemishes or many red-angry-looking pimples, acne is a common enemy for numerous teenagers and adults. Waking up and looking in the mirror to see a volcano-like bump on your face can be mortifying; rest assured, it won’t last for an eternity. To have your skin looking and feeling its best, our acne care guide can help combat acne woes and be on the path to clearer skin.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the sebaceous glands become clogged with dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. While acne can happen during puberty, it can also appear in adulthood. Pimples are considered a symptom of acne and can happen when there’s excess oil on your skin. They often look like singular swollen, red bumps filled with pus. Most pimples are harmless, but they can be irritating and affect our self-esteem.
The two primary categories of acne are non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne consists of blackheads and whiteheads while inflammatory acne includes papules, pustules, nodules and cysts, which look red and swollen. Inflammatory acne can cause scarring so no matter how tempting it is, do not pop that sucker.
There are several causes of acne, some more preventable than others. The two main causes are genetics and hormones, which affect the type of skin and amount of sebum the sebaceous glands produce. Environmental factors like humidity, pollution and dry climate can also increase excess oil. Other acne causes that you can gain some control over are skincare habits, diet and stress levels..
Just like your eye and hair colour, genetics determine how likely you are to develop acne. While there isn’t much you can do about genetics, you can help manage your acne by identifying your skin type. Hormones can also trigger flare-ups by increasing oil production. While hormonal acne is associated with puberty, it can occur in adults and during times of stress.
Unfortunately, some foods can affect your acne. This includes foods with a high glycemic index like white bread, white rice, french fries, bagels and soft drinks. While you don’t have to cut these out of your diet completely, you can choose healthier options like whole wheat and flavoured water.
Does your skin breakout after a vacation?
A change in the environment can cause acne flare-ups. Whether it’s too much sun exposure, pollution, dryness or humidity, your environment can increase your skin’s oil production resulting in clogged pores.
Daily behaviors like sleeping on the same pillowcase too many nights in a row, re-wearing clothing, improper makeup removal, touching your face, improperly cleaning your phone, skipping hand washing before cleansing and sweat and bacteria formation from wearing a face mask for a long time, also known as maskne (mask + acne), can trigger acne.
If you have acne-prone skin, you may have noticed these symptoms and signs:
To get clear skin, there are a variety of methods you can incorporate into your routine. Taking simple steps such as frequently switching face towels and reusable cloth masks, wearing non-comedogenic makeup and tailoring your diet can help banish breakouts.
To get clear skin, you can start by taking care of your health. Some lifestyle choices like getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night, eating foods with vitamins A, E & D like almonds, avocados and oranges and drinking plenty of water can help reduce the severity of breakouts.
To tackle pesky pimples, you can make some adjustments to your hygiene habits and cleansing routine. This can include washing your face twice a day, switching out face towels, washing with hypoallergenic laundry detergent, keeping a humidifier by your bed to keep your skin hydrated and practicing proper face mask care.
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Most teenagers tend to experience mild to moderate acne. Some teenagers can outgrow acne while it may follow others into their adult years. Some adults who haven’t dealt with teenage acne may get adult acne. Adult acne tends to be harsher and consists of inflammatory acne, appearing on the chin, mouth and jawline.
While inflammatory acne is prone to scarring, it’s essential to avoid touching pimples. It might cause permanent scarring if you pick hard enough. Instead, try to reduce the redness and size of pimples with a warm compress and a salicylic acid cleanser like our Pore Clarifying Cooling Cleanser.
Knowing what is causing your acne can help treat it. Whether it’s breaking out from maskne, eating fried foods, sleeping on the same pillowcase or feeling stressed, understanding the root of the problem can help solve it. Establishing a cleansing routine focused on treating acne can be your first step in your journey towards clear, glowing skin.
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