Types of Acne and their Causes
I've been asked by many people how to help their acne. For me, it's pretty simple: learn more about it and why it happens. That's what this blog is all about.
You need to know what kind of acne you have to understand the products and treatments that may treat it. The acne products available today are primarily harsh and leave the skin dry, irritated and uncomfortable.
What is acne?
Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. Acne may be noninflammatory or inflammatory. Blackheads and whiteheads fall into the noninflammatory category.
What causes acne?
Acne can be difficult; you would think after our teen years, we would be done with acne. But no, there is such thing as adult acne. Many different factors play into acne and what causes it. As younger teens have acne, it could be due to not washing your face and not exfoliating and playing sports and the sweat that comes with that. One trigger for adult acne could be hormonal acne. Yes, acne from hormones, usually breakouts are along the jawline and chin in this case. Hormonal acne occurs when your body produces more testosterone than it needs. Stress and birth control can also trigger breakouts. In response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens; these hormones stimulate oil glands and hair follicles in the skin leading to acne. You always want to read the labels on your skin and hair care products. The products you use could be making your acne worse.
When choosing what products to use to help with your acne, knowing what to look for is essential. If you are experiencing clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads, go for products with salicylic acid, this helps remove excess oil and exfoliates the cells from the skin's surface. Salicylic acid can be found in cleansers, spot treatments, and serums. Exfoliating 3 times a week is also ideal for keeping the pores clear of excess oil. Look for in our Targeted Spot Treatment and our Ferulic+C Antioxidant Serum. Opt for a chemical exfoliation over a physical scrub. We love AHA Radiant Serum to clear the pores of oil and help to fade acne marks.
Suppose you are experiencing cystic or nodule type acne, which is swollen and tender to the touch. Usually, seeing a dermatologist is recommended because these are so deep in the skin, and you may be prescribed oral medication. But, having a good skincare regimen at home helps. Using retinol greatly helps to produce cell turnover and fade and marks from old blemishes. Oligopeptide Boosting Serum is a great at-home option and will not cause dry and flaky skin like most retinol. Do not forget to moisturize. Moisturizing is a crucial step in any skincare routine, even acne-prone skin. It's critical to maintain the right balance in the skin, and moisturizing will allow you to continue using exfoliating products without any issues. Look for lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic products. Hexapeptide Revitalizing Serum will give you the hydration you need, all while soothing and calming the skin from inflammation. If you feel like you still need more moisture, add in our Azulene Cream.
Other tips to keep in mind when wanting to have clear skin are simple things to do at home. Change out your pillowcase every 2-3 days, we shed millions of skin cells while sleeping, and oils from our hair and skin cause build-up, and then you lay your face right back on it every night. Wash your makeup brushes every 3-5 days, clean your phone screen daily. Try to keep your hands off your face. As always, do not skip cleaning your face morning and night. Having a good healthy diet can also play a part in having clear skin. Refer to my previous blog on how diet affects our skin.
We are all seeking our goals, but achieving them with the correct methods is the key to success. Our products are formulated to help people effectively treat their acne without irritation and sensitivity.