The Main Types of Acne — And How to Treat Them

Let us take the guesswork out of how to clear your skin
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May 16
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Oh, Acne. The bane of any skincare enthusiasts existence. I know it's mine! While I have a consistent skincare regimen and take good care of myself, I've always been troubled by acne. At 27 years old, I'd hope this wasn't the case, but it is and I accept it—acne is human nature! While I have yet to find my holy grail for preventing my acne, I have found a few things that have helped it heal upon appearance.When it comes to treating acne, there's a few things to note:1. Your skin type matters! 2. Different acne types, different treatment 3. Have patienceNumber three has to be the most important part of treating your acne. This is you, this is your skin, and you're doing what you can to treat it (hey, you're reading this article!) all there is to do now is have patience in the treatments you've chosen. So, what exactly causes acne?No matter what type of acne you have, all acne is caused by clogged pores; whether that be excess production of oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, ingrown hairs, or hormonal. The Types of Acne
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Noninflammatory AcneLooks like: Blackheads and whiteheads Caused by: Excess sebum and dead skin cells clogging pores. Can be treated with: Chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs, water-based gel creams in place of oil-based moisturizers. Products to try: An exfoliating toner will do wonders in keeping blackheads and whiteheads at bay.
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Inflammatory AcneLooks like: Red, inflamed bumps with white or yellow heads on top. There is also cystic acne which can often look more severe. Caused by: Clogged, irritated pores. Cystic acne is also caused by bacteria clogged in the pores. Can be treated with: Proper face cleansing, salicylic acid, proper exfoliation, and prescription treatments (depending on severity). The key is to keep your skin clean and balance productio of sebum. Products to try: Reach for antibacterial and antiinflammatory ingredients like tea tree, CBD, and calendula.
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Fungal Acne Looks like: Tiny bumps right under the skin Caused by: Overproduction of yeast that inflames the hair follicle Can be treated with: Hydration over moisture! The key is to balance the yeast production (it's native to your skin) by not feeding the fungus. Yeast thrives in moist environments, so cutting down on oils and other thick moisturizers will be very helpful. Also, cutting down on your sugar intake will do wonders! Products to try: Go for water-based moisturizers and keep your skincare routine simple and light. Fungal acne is a bit trickier since it's based in your skin's yeast production, so a prescription serum, like Curology, will be very helpful. Again, the key is to not feed the yeast!
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Tips for anyone treating acneSkin is an organ and you have to take care of it as such. It's a living thing that truly craves balance. Figure our what works for you, and stick to it. Remember, everyone's skin journey is different, so be patient with yourself when figuring out what works. Also, be kind to yourself! Just like you would talk to your plants to help them to grow, you can talk to yourself (and skin) to help it heal. And of course, don't forget to: - Stay hydrated. - Change pillow cases at least once a week. - Wash or wrap up hair before bed. - Wear sunscreen every day and apply 15 minutes before going out.
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