Stop hiding your skin! Isn't it time that you let it shine through?
Acne occurs when pores become clogged by dead skin cells resulting in accumulation of an oily substance that is produced by your glands. When combined with bacteria, it can lead to inflammation that is visible as redness, swelling and pus that may come with the acne spots.
Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts are all part of the same thing. While appearing on the face and neck, it is also known to affect the shoulders, back and upper arms.
Acne is an extremely common condition and you are not alone! It is not unusual to experience flare-ups at certain times of the month or while under stress, so what are the other causes of acne and what can be done about it? There are topical prescriptions and medications that can be taken to treat the condition but if you are like me and want to manage it on a more holistic level, keep reading.
There are many things can contribute to break-outs, perhaps you have a hereditary or hormonal factor at work but this does not mean you have accept it as is! Every situation is unique and it always advisable to listen to your body closely. You can help control the intensity of your break-outs with monitoring your individual triggers and helping to promote quicker healing and turn-around time.
A few other common triggers include makeup, bacteria, harsh products, too many products, certain medications and types of food.
It is always a good idea to clean up your diet anyway and inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten and sugar are the worst offenders. Look for items with a low-glycemic index as well that won’t spike your blood sugar.
To limit the transfer and trapping of bacteria close to your skin, try to avoid touching your face too often with your hands or cell phone. Change your clothing after exercising and wear loose clothing. Launder your bed sheets and do not reuse face cloths or towels. Also be sure to cleanse your beauty tools regularly.
If you have the urge to pick or squeeze an existing blemish, note that it is not ready to be extracted if it hasn’t come to a head. Applying too much pressure can send it in to the surrounding tissue and make it worse. Picking can also increase the risk of scarring and squeezing can increase the risk of breaking capillaries. It is best to have a professional extract these for you but if you want to do it anyway, please be cautious.
It is easy to want to cover up any blemish with makeup but it is truly best to leave acne prone skin alone. If you do wear cosmetics, take a break every now and again to let your skin breathe better. Makeup, even when natural, can clog pores but you certainly don’t want to be using harsh ingredients on already irritated skin. The fewer and cleaner the ingredients, the better. Loose foundation powder is recommended for acne prone skin. Over time with the proper care you will require less and less makeup!
To get you on the path to more radiant and clear skin, try cleansing your face once a day in the evening with a natural and balanced cleanser. You don’t want to feel dry and tight as this will cause your glands to go in to overdrive. In the morning, use toner only to lift away any impurities from the night while keeping your skin hydrated and balanced. After either type of cleansing, restore the moisture balance and protective barrier with equally as gentle products. Serum and face cream will help keep everything very healthy and encourage healing. Be sure to choose one for your individual skin type and concerns.
There are also healthy oils that necessary for the balance of your skin and avoiding them altogether could be at a detriment to the health of your skin. There are healthy oils within your face cream but if there was one additional product I would recommend on top of the above tips, it would be our Recovery Face Oil. Believe it or not, as someone who has terribly sensitive and acne prone skin, this is my most effective and beloved product!
Overall, be gentle on your skin and let it breathe the best you can.
If you need help deciphering what to do next, come and see us. We are happy to help!