If you’re among the 50 million people living in the United States with acne, every day may feel like it’s dedicated to acne awareness, but June is still reserved as a time to shine a light on a subject by creating awareness for, and laying out the real facts behind, acne and how to treat it.
Whether you’re just at the start of your acne journey, or have been navigating these waters for a while now, the information you see online and elsewhere may leave you feeling confused. In order to treat your condition, it’s important to understand just how acne affects your skin and body, and what’s really going on when you read those numbers.
Most people attribute their breakouts to an overly oily complexion, and they aren’t entirely wrong to do so, but did you know that it takes more than just oil to form a pimple on your complexion?
Acne is a disease that affects the skin, and is the most common skin condition in the United States, and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, or any single identifier. It is normally caused by a hormonal imbalance that triggers an excessive amount of sebum, or skin oil, to be produced by the sebaceous glands. Too much of this oil can become clogged within pores, where it travels from the sebaceous glands to the surface of the skin. But the formation of acne doesn’t stop here!
Anyone with acne knows that clear, healthy skin starts with clean pores. While there are plenty of products out there to cleanse from the surface, there are a handful of exercises that can work to stimulate the detox process from within in the body, making for a gentle way to take care of yourself and your skin!
It probably goes without saying, but when the body is healthy, everything benefits, from our immune systems to our mental condition to our complexions.
Regardless of the season, some people with acne-prone skin look to shed a few layers for the good of their complexion with a process called dermablading.
To put it simple, dermablading is a procedure that rids the surface of the skin of dry, dead cells. Using a surgical scalpel, a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist removes these dead cells by essentially scraping them away, applying short, light strokes to the surface of the skin after washing the face and applying an alcohol solution. The result? A pile of dead skin, a renewed and youthful glow, and a complexion free of pore-clogging debris.
When most people experience a breakout, the only thing on their mind is getting rid of it as soon as possible, whatever it takes. While we all want to experience our clearest and healthiest skin possible, the best way to get those results is to find a treatment that’s right for your skin, and that starts with identifying just what type of acne symptoms you have.
When most people think of treating acne, facial washes and spot treatments are often the first, and sometimes only, things to come to mind. Because acne isn’t just the result of a dirty complexion, however, it’s important to look to the source, stay informed, and keep your head in the game in order to witness real results.
People are always searching for the next big thing in skincare, from anti-aging technology to treatments that leave you looking like you’ve just returned from a relaxing vacation. For those with acne-prone skin, most are up for trying anything in the hopes of finding some sweet relief from stubborn breakouts. Lately, acne sufferers are looking to blue light treatments to clear their complexions, but does it really work?
When most people think of treating acne, zapping away oil and dirt with a medicated cleanser is usually the first thing that comes to mind, but unless you have something working from within, chances are those pimples will return in no time.
Spring has been well under
way for a few weeks now, but even if you’ve already cleaned your house and
home, there’s always time for a thorough skin cleansing ritual as well!
Many acne sufferers complain of increased breakouts during the warmer
spring and summer months, when our skin gets hit hardest with a catastrophic
combination of skin-damaging factors – the drying effects of the sun, extra dirt and debris buildup from the outdoors…all of this “attacks”
our skin. In order to coexist with the change in weather, it’s important to
keep a few key issues in mind when looking to maintain an acne-free complexion,
taking care not to neglect your self-care, and skin care, when spring cleaning
Before treating acne, it’s important to understand just how this condition affects the body, and skin. Acne is attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the sebaceous glands, whose job it is to create sebum, or oil. This oil travels along the pore to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much sebum becomes clogged within a pore and pairs with dead skin cells from the surface, bacteria forms, triggering an inflammatory response from the body. This process is known as the acne cascade, and usually results in red, swollen bumps known as pimples, a symptom of acne.
The formation of acne is usually attributed to either excessively oily or way-too-dry skin, but there’s another culprit that may be contributing to your symptoms - your hair or more precisely – your hair care routine.
Acne is a result of a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the sebaceous glands, whose job it is to create sebum, (skin oil) which travels along the pores to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much sebum is produced, it clogs the pores. A mixure of the skin oil, dirt and dead skin cells invites bacteria to form, triggering an inflammatory response from the body. This response usually appears as red, swollen bumps known as pimples, a symptom of acne.
Washing acne-prone skin plays a big part in maintaining its health and happiness, but if you’re using products that don’t work with your particular skin or acne type, those twice-daily reprieves may be doing more harm than good.
When many people begin a new acne treatment, the goal of obtaining clear skin is the main thing on their minds, but in addition to keeping all eyes on the prize, it’s important to understand just how to make the most out of your new skincare regimen.
For anyone with acne-prone skin, who doesn’t want to get rid of the issue overnight? Many people have patience, but many don’t. And unfortunately, our judgment can get cloudy and we only look for a solution without looking at the underlying cause. So instead of focusing your search today on the next best thing that is guaranteed to help you whether it be in a day or 6 months, it’s important to understand two things: how and why acne forms, and how important it is to develop ongoing healthy lifestyle habits.