How To Treat A Breakout

Everyone and their mother has had a pimple. The National Institute of Health estimates that nearly 80% of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have experienced acne in their life. How is it that the majority of the population has experienced acne, yet we rarely hear people talking about their issues openly? We want to start the dialogue about acne in all forms. Let’s take away the taboo from the subject.

No one should feel ashamed or diminished because their skin is less than “perfect.” Never be afraid to live your life.

Luckily with the recent push for self-acceptance on social media, the conversations surrounding acne have finally come to the forefront. The ‘acne positivity” movement is something that we fully support because not one should feel limited by their acne. Life’s too short. No one should feel ashamed or diminished because their skin is less than “perfect.” Never be afraid to live your life. Our skin is constantly changing forms. We have scars. We have acne. We have wrinkles. Do you know what else we fully support…wanting to take care of all of the above. You don’t have to sit back and let acne run its course on you.

For those of you looking to treat your acne, here are a few ways to help you handle it…

Figure Out Your Acne Type
Everyone’s skin is unique. That means that breakouts are also unique. To treat a recent breakout, you first have to assess what is happening with your skin. There will never be a one size fits all cure.

Acne defined: “the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; in particular, a condition characterized by red pimples on the face.”

To keep it simple, there are three types of acne.

Comedonal: (blackheads/whiteheads) This is one of the most common forms of acne. When you think of a “zit”, you are thinking about comedonal acne. These typically occur when dead skin cells and excess oil get trapped inside your pores.

Inflammatory: (red bumps or red bumps with white pus) This is when all that stuff in your pores mixes in with bacteria, creating an infection.

Nodulocystic: (cystic/nodules) This is the more painful type of acne. It’s a more serious infection that occurs in the deeper layer of your skin.

Ingredients are KEY
No matter the type of acne that you have, there is a treatment for every kind. It’s not just you on your own. It’s you with a team of ingredients that are going to kill those pimple pop-ups.
The more knowledge you have on the subject, the more confident you will feel about your skin, acne and all.

What to look for?
Ingredients like Salicylic Acid (see our Energizing Papaya Cleanser/Everyday Toner), Benzoyl Peroxide. Think of these ingredients as little Pac-Men that eat up the toxins on the surface of your skin. Also opt for a Glycolic and Retinol – which are best used when your skin is clearing up to keep inflammation and bacteria at bay.

Customize It!
A key component of any skin care treatment is figuring out a skin care routine that works for you and sticking to it. Skin type plays a factor when it comes to acne, as it does with anything else involving skin care. Not surprisingly, those with oily or combination skin may be more prone to breaking out than others. For people with normal to dry skin, they run the risk of causing their skin to get too dry from acne treatment products. Spot treatments are popular in the areas where acne occurs for people with this skin type.

Don’t be afraid to Seek Professional Help

If you’ve suffered from acne for a long time, chances are you know when you need to seek professional help. The best form of treatment works in conjunction with your medical esthetician or with your derm. Yes, sticking to a consistent skin care routine makes a huge difference; however, if you are constantly dealing with breakouts or severe forms of acne, it could mean something else is happening with your system and medical guidance would be most beneficial.

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