Skincare 101: How to Banish Acne For Good!
Hey guys! Today we’re talking everything pimples. There is so much misinformation about acne so this is important to cover. I am not going to give any product recommendations because everyones skin is different when it comes to acne. Instead I’ll go over how pimples form, the life cycle of a pimple, how to get rid of them, and how to prevent future breakouts. So what IS a pimple? A pimple is a sebaceous gland or oil gland, that has become clogged and infected leading to swollen red lesions filled with pus. Gross. Pimples form usually from extensive face washing, hormones, and lack of exfoliation. A pimple basically is a clogged pore, which is why that isn’t on the list. Extensive face washing is probably the most over-looked cause of pimples. Washing your face is very important, but double cleansing twice a day makes things worse. Your skin is supposed to have a little oil, so if your skin notices it doesn’t have enough, it will make more, leading to oil over production, clogged pores, and then pimples. Hormones are definitely the most talked about cause, and they do something. They increase your oil production. But that’s it, they don’t do a whole list of things. And the final main cause of pimples is lack of exfoliation. If dead skin cells aren’t removed every now and then, they remain on the surface of the skin, and cause clogged pores. Now that we know how a pimple forms, let’s talk about its life cycle. The reason it’s important to know this, is in the same way doctors treat diseases based on the stage you’re in, you should treat your pimple based on the stage it’s in. Breakouts appear where there are the most oil glands, usually on the face, neck, back, shoulders, and upper arms. At first, pimples will look like red sore. This us when you should use a topical treatment to reduce swelling and redness. However, keep in mind not to use a drying product or lotion because this will create a crust on the skin that won’t allow your pimple to come out, and get rid of it’s pus. Once your pimple has formed, it will look like a normal pimple not a sore. It will have almost doubled in size, because it has accumulated more sebum, oil, and dirt. Cleansing every day, over all of your body, can prevent this from happening. In the last stage of your pimple, don’t pick at it. I’ve heard of people using BandAids so they can’t pick their pimples, or you could use a pimple patch. However trendy these patches are, they don’t really do anything other than stop you from picking at them. The ingredients they claim penetrate deep into your skin, but they can’t, because your pore is already full of oil, and doesn’t have room for Nicinamide. Finally, to prevent pimples you need to achieve balance. There isn’t a miracle product or technique to get rid of acne forever. As long as you keep under control the causes of a pimple, you have less of a chance of getting one. That’s all for this post! Please give this post a cheer so more people can get better skin! Follow me for more information. -Naomi
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Acne Do’s and Don’ts
Acne Do’s ✔️ -Stay Hydrated 💧 When I say stay hydrated I mean drink water and also stay hydrated by using a moisturizer, a humidifier and protecting your skin from the sun. ☀️ -Consult a Dermatologist 🏥 The expertise of a medical professional will help in picking a skin care that is just right for you. -Wear Sunscreen 🧴 You should wear sunscreen because too much sun is not good. It makes acne worse and causes premature aging. -Wash your Face 🧼 You should wash your face 1-2 times daily. You should take a rag wet it and gently wash your face to get the dirt off of it. Don’t overdo it to much because too much of it can dry your face out. -Avoid Pore Clogging Products 🚫 Lotions and makeup have ingredients that can clog your pores and lead to acne breakouts. You can research or look for products that say “noncomedogenic”. Acne Don’ts ✖️ - Don’t Be Ashamed ☹️ Acne is very common. 95% of the population has had it at least once in their lifetime. You should not be ashamed of seeking help. Dermatologists are there to help you. They will find a treatment that is just right for you. -Don’t Touch Your Face 🤦🏽♀️ Your fingers are very oily which is not good for your face. If you touch your face you are spreading oils onto you face and the oils may cause acne on your face. -Don’t Overdo It 🙅🏾♀️ Makeup doesn’t necessarily affect acne, but when you are wearing too much it can cause some bad effects such as getting your pores clogged. -Don’t Have Your Hair in Your Face 👩🏼💼 Hair is full of oil (just like you fingers) and when its constantly in your face the oils are going to travel from your hair to your face causing an oily face. So try to keep your hair pulled back as often as you can. I hope this helped!
Hormonal acne can be a hard pill to swallow
This ones for my fellow hormonal acne sufferers. Sadly, I’ve learned the hard way that while topicals can certainly help reduce my acne, they’re simply not enough to get my face clear. Enter: oral prescriptions. As you can probably tell, I got these from the online dermatology service Apostrophe. They’re similar to Curology (which I was using before), except they offer a wider variety of oral meds like these. Curology did prescribe me an antibiotic at one point, but antibiotics can’t be taken long term, so my acne returned once I finished the course. The meds here are an antibiotic and a drug called spironolactone. Again, the antibiotic isn’t something I’ll continue to take, but it’s helping me see results faster as the spiro takes a few months to start showing results. Spiro is often prescribed for hormonal acne in women, as it’s an androgen blocker. I’ve been taking these for about five weeks now and my face is almost clear of new acne! Of course, it’ll take another few months to see if the spiro keeps me clear long term or if it’s just the antibiotics working in the short term, but I’m very hopeful that spiro + topical tretinoin is the right combo for me. *Note: you should ALWAYS be honest with your doctors about your medical history and any other meds you’re taking, as drug interactions can have serious effects. You cannot take either of these drugs if you’re pregnant, and since spiro is a blood pressure drug, you need to tell your doctor if you already have issues with low blood pressure. Antibiotics can also mess up your stomach, so I highly recommend taking a probiotic with it (though not at the exact same time—for example, take the spiro with lunch and take a probiotic before bed).
QUARANTINE LIFE SAVER🦋
On an average day my skin is very kind to me. It’s not sensitive and I very rarely have breakouts. I can get by doing the bare minimum and still be alright. UNTILL face masks became a thing due to Covid! When I went back to work, and wore the mask more frequently and for extended periods of time my skin was not happy. I could see and feel the acne forming on my chin and cheeks. And I was NOT happy about it!! These have been absolutely amazing. When I notice a breakout starting to form I use one of these. They do not leave me feeling dry and tight, but they DO bring everything to the surface within a couple hours, and everything is gone by the next morning . They are my go to right now, and at the rate we are going they may be for awhile!
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Differin Gel Adapelene (retinol) THE BEST!!
Posted on 12/10/19 💙 . . I started differin gel on October 25th so it’s been 6 weeks. I knew there would be purging and I’d seen all the reviews saying how bad it gets, but I decided to purchase it anyways. LET ME SAY.. best decision ever!! . . STORY TIME: I’ve had acne since the 6th grade (little bumps on my forehead, cystic acne, white heads...you name it), and I’d always thought that I didn’t want to touch or do anything with my face because I thought I would make it worse. I’d use apple cider vinegar every night.. and while this did do something, it didn’t do anything in the long term. Fast forward 6 weeks ago.. and I started @differinus . After only using it for 2 days.. I started breaking out all over. I kept telling myself the end was near, but then another breakout would happen and I would be at square one again. Last week, however, I started seeing SUCH a difference. I have no new breakouts and my skin is getting clearer and clearer! I will of course keep doing my skincare routine and using TONS of moisturizer.. but I’m so excited to see even more results in the next couple of days, weeks, and months! 😭💙 . . Swipe for the BEFORE (3rd photo) and AFTER (4th photo)! So happy with this change and recommend differin gel absolutely! Just be ready for the purge and make sure to moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE!! Ps- my purge lasted for 5 weeks!
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Soooo if this is ur first time seeing me I'm currently taking doxycycline... I honestly haven't seen much improvement with my acne at all. I'm sure with time it will get much better. But what it has made better is how it controls my oil and all that. The little bumps that I was getting from my oily skin and all the blackheads are little to none. My forehead is completely flat expect for a few zits. The symptoms can be annoying but easily avoidable. So far decent but I'm also under soooo much stress so gotta cut the pill some slack lol I think that differin is working so well with this product, it definitely has helped mainly with oil production! DIFFERIN - DIFFERIN Acne Treatment Gel Also, lots of dry skin!
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