Acne: What causes it and how to get rid of it for good!
Jun. 28, 2020
Did you know that acne affects three out of every four people aged between 11 and 30 years old? Although acne is not dangerous, it can still be incredibly painful and stressful for those it affects.
As you can imagine, being one of the most common skin conditions in the world, there is a seemingly endless supply of treatments. However, the sheer amount of lotions and potions that all claim they can rid you of acne for good can sometimes cause you so much stress it brings on another breakout!
In this article we will explain what is likely to be causing your acne, help you identify what type of acne you are suffering from and then finally recommend some remedies that actually will work to combat your sore pores!
What causes acne?
Your skin is made up of tiny holes, known as hair follicles. Unfortunately, it takes just one hole out of all the billions to be clogged up by oil, dirt, dead skin cells or bacteria to cause a pimple. Everyone gets pimples every once in a while, – even those with the most stringent facial cleansing routine. But if you notice the number of pimples on your skin increasing it might be a sign you are suffering from acne.
Having acne is not an indicator that you haven’t been looking after your personal hygiene enough. It is often caused by triggers that, unluckily, you have little control over.
Firstly, as your body goes through puberty in teenage years there will be an increase in the levels of the hormone testosterone. This testosterone is not all bad news: it is needed for the development of the male reproductive organs and the maintenance of female muscles. However, unfortunately testosterone also activates the release of excess oil on the skin. Which, you guessed it, leads to your follicles being blocked and pimples rearing their ugly heads.
All our female readers out there, the risk of acne doesn’t stop at puberty. Women’s hormones regularly change due to their menstrual cycle and if they are pregnant. Again, these hormones are essential for maintaining fertility, but a by-product is more oil secreted on the skin that can lead to break outs.
But acne is not just caused by hormones. In some cases acne can be attributed to cosmetics and medicines. Which is good news, because if you can work out what is causing your skin to break out you can cut out or modify the use of that product. In particular, you are at risk of developing acne when using gone off cosmetics (always check the use by date!) or steroid medication.
What are the different types of acne?
Acne will present itself on your skin in two ways: noninflammatory and inflammatory.
Noninflammatory acne appears on the skin as blackheads and whiteheads. Both blackheads and whiteheads are caused when the skin pore is clogged by oil and dead skin cells. However, while the blackhead’s pores stay open, the whitehead’s pores close up. Luckily, they do not cause swelling or pain and can usually be treated quickly without leaving scarring. And by treating we mean applying a remedy – never popping them!
Inflammatory acne is more complex. The inflammation is caused by bacteria clogging up the pore alongside oil and dead skin cells. Our face is covered by bacteria, which is usually completely harmless. However, when it gets into the pores of the skin it can in extreme cases cause an infection beneath the skin’s surface that leads to painful spots that are trickier to eradicate.
How can I cure acne?
Every person’s skin is completely unique which means we would be lying to you if we told you there was a one size fits all solution for acne. Just like your skin, your treatment will be unique for you.
Some products will work better on your skin compared to other skin types, and vice versa. It is all about identifying the product that is right for you. And there are plenty of reliable products out there to choose from!
Those who have sensitive skin and acne sometimes fret about the drying damage of most acne treatments. But do not worry, because salicylic acid is an effective and powerful exfoliant which can be tolerated by even the most sensitive skin. The acid is not hard to come by: it is present in most spot treatments. However, if you want to expose your skin to salicylic acid for a longer period of time you can use it as a toner or moisturizer.
The acid helps prevents pores from getting plugged by exfoliating the hair follicles and removing the dead skin cells that can lead to whiteheads and blackheads. Therefore, it is best used on non-inflammatory acne.
Benzoyl peroxide has earned itself a reputation as a fighter against bacteria. And rightly so - it is a perfect fix for inflammatory acne as it kills off the bacteria that is causing the inflammation while removing any excess oil and exfoliating dead skin cells.
The peroxide is included in most spot treatments and works best when applied to a spot and left overnight. However, unlike salicylic acid it is not suitable for all skin types: it can dry out sensitive skin so always make sure you use it alongside plenty of moisturizer!
Clays can be a gamechanger for acne prone skin. They can extract the bad stuff on the skin’s surface while exfoliating it.
When you apply kaolin clay all of the particles which usually cause acne, such as dead skin cells, traces of make-up and bacteria, are attracted to the clay and stick to it. When the clay dries and you wash it off you will simultaneously be washing off all these items from your face.
Oil - yes, you read that correctly. You might be actively avoiding oily products during a breakout, but sometimes oils are key. Argan oil will not increase the amount of oil your skin produces, but it will work wonders hydrating your skin (especially as drying products such as benzoyl peroxide and kaolin clay are being applied to it).
Your skin will be able to absorb the vitamin E and fatty acids in the oil quickly and efficiently so you won’t be left with any oily residue. This hydration will improve the health of the top layer of your skin so it is in a stronger position to keep bacteria, dirt and pollution out – protecting you against any future break outs!
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
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Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
Do It All Toner 🍃🍃
I have been loving the brand Truly lately ✨ I recently purchased this: 🍃TRULY - CBD Jelly Toning Solution 🍃 And it’s by far one of my favorite toners. Ingredients: 💚100MG CBD 💚Glycolic Acid 💚Tea Tree Oil 💚Organic Aloe 💚Rose Petal Extract This brand is also: 💚Vegan 💚Cruelty Free 💚Clean I use this every other night and it as tremendously helped my skin barrier and acne. I was really concerned about the glycolic acid irritating or drying my skin but it didn’t at all 🤩 I highly recommend this to combo and oily , acne prone skin. This will be a toner I keep in my night routine. I got it from Ulta (of course) for $24 (I paid $15 after coupons) Do you use CBD products? 🍃
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
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