How to Manage Acne
We may never know why some people get acne, and some people don’t. Don’t fret, it is a problem many people have dealt with and overcome. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to or make acne worse.
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or puberty, when you go through hormonal changes, your oil glands get stimulated. Acne is caused by overactive oil glands in the skin, that cause a buildup of oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells which lead to inflammation in your pores. If you are pregnant, please consult with your doctor on the best way to manage acne, as acne ingredients may not be safe for pregnant women, and or breastfeeding women.
Not getting enough sleep – Sleep deprivation is considered one of the main acne triggers. A lack of sufficient sleep unsettles the chemical balance in your skin that wards of pimples. It affects the immune system weakening your system to defend your skin against infections, and microbes. A lack of sleep also increases cortisol levels. Cortisol can cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, that can lead to a buildup that blocks your pores and follicles. When you get sufficient sleep, the level of cortisol in your body decreases.
Too much stress – Does the worry of having too much stress cause more stress? There are several reasons for your health on why you should reduce stress, as stress causes your body so many reactions that cause harm. Stress may also trigger acne due to the increased cortisol and androgens stress releases. If you feel that your acne may be caused by stress, takes steps to manage your stress. You can practice meditation, breathing exercises, mindfulness, exercise, taking breaks, reading, etc.
Beauty products with high oil content, your products may be causing your breakouts. There are certain ingredients in your skin care products, moisturizers, sunscreens, and toners that clog your pores and cause you to break out. Lanolin, mineral oil, and beeswax, algae, and cocoa butter just to name a few are known comedogenic (pore clogging) ingredients. Look for products that are non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores.
Environment, have you thought about items in your environment that may be holding bacteria close to your skin? Items such as cell phones, your hands, blankets and pillowcases may be holding bacteria and transferring it to your skin. Make sure you clean items that touch your face often to keep the bacteria to a minimum.
Products and tips to reduce your acne:
Make sure you are getting enough sleep and managing your stress levels.
Wash your face daily with an oil-free cleanser like our Cucumber Daily Cleanser that removes impurities that clogs pores, our cleanser also has willow bark, a wonderful ingredient that has been used for centuries to sooth irritated skin. It also contains salicin (from which salicylic acid is derived) that is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, clearing out your pores.
Exfoliate one to two times a week to removed dead skin cells from your pores. You can use our Exfoliating Face Scrub that is excellent at removing impurities and leaving your face smooth afterword.
Use a good face toner such as our Blemish Banish Toner made with fast acting AHAs and BHAs that help fight and prevent breakouts quickly.
Apply our Blemish Banish Serum, with great acne fighting ingredients such as which hazel,
tea tree oil and silicic acid, this product quickly targets acne, clears pores, and offers anti-inflammatory relief.
Always remove makeup and cleanse your skin thoroughly before bed.
Shower or wash your face after exercising.
Tie long hair back to keep it out of your face. Avoid tight-fitting hats, and headbands, that cover breakout-prone areas as they may keep sweat and bacteria on your skin.
Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated.
Avoid touching your face.
Never squeeze or pick pimples. It makes scarring more likely, and it can also spread bacteria and excess oil.
If you feel that your acne is not improving after implementing new pointers, you may wish to seek help from a dermatologist or other healthcare professional. They may be able to offer prescriptions that may reduce your symptoms.
Don’t feel like you are alone in your quest to concur your acne. Almost everyone will have acne at some point in their life, and many people deal with different forms of acne will into their adulthood.