Noticed a big pimple on your forehead just before a party?
Acne is a common problem faced by millions worldwide, as skin texture deteriorates and your overall appearance is marred. Leaving you probably with no confidence or self esteem to face others at that party where you focus on hiding your skin instead of being free to have the kind of fun you’d like or used to have. However, there are feasible solutions to tackle this issue when you have the right support to understand the root cause of your individual condition.
What causes acne?
- Hormone fluctuation can lead to cystic acne around the chin, neck, and back.
- Juggling professional and personal lives causes extreme stress that boosts production of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. The oil glands produce more oil, which could mean more ugly breakouts.
- Dust, dirt, and pollutants do a number on the skin and are one of the major causes of pimples.
- Buildup of dead skin cells block pores that not only leads to acne but unsightly blackheads and whiteheads as well.
- Overwashing the face makes it worse – if you cleanse more than 2 to 3 times a day, the skin gets excessively dry, so the sebaceous glands produce more oil to make up for the deficit.
- Diet high in sugar and dairy have been found to exacerbate acne. Also a link to zinc deficiency and Omega 3.
How to prevent breakouts?
Keep face clean
As mentioned, it is necessary to cleanse the face daily to remove impurities like dead skin cells, extra oil, dirt, etc. without overdoing it. Use lukewarm water and a mild facial cleanser. Exfoliate about 3 times a week but don’t scrub harshly – the motions should be gentle and not often irritating skin.
Over-the-counter products vs Prescribed cosmeceutical skincare routine
Over-the-counter creams and lotions have ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry your skin. It often tackles the acne for a short time, but not without the side effects of red and slightly agitated skin. Not to mention the kind of chemicals often contained in these products, you can clearly see on the ingredients list on the bottle if you are lucky. Most are not even on the bottle and googling for it takes time to finally discover whats really inside that you can’t even pronounce anyway. Long term incorrect use of such a product can cause all sorts of imbalance internally and externally. The skin often rebounds again anyway. Causing a lot of confusion and angst amongst acne sufferers. If you are reading and have experienced this yourself, then you know what I am talking about. It can be so frustrating to feel you’ve tried just simply everything!!!
To curb acne on more of a permanent basis, preventing future scars on the surface of your skin, as well as the emotional ones. It is highly advisable to speak to a skin specialist who can help to diagnose the root cause of your acne. Have solutions to help support you and your skin with less toxins in skincare, high active ingredients for it to be effective and a routine that is fool proof and easy to follow.
Often an understanding of how your skin functions is what’s missing most in the control of acne. When you are empowered with this knowledge yourself, you feel more in control and the recovery is just undeniable.
Use makeup with caution
Even if you use fancy expensive branded makeup, it is best to avoid wearing these kinds of foundations, powder, or blush during breakouts, or the problem could worsen. Again, its the ingredients inside these products that are the culprit. Silicone or by products are usually found in makeup and these just block up the skin! Causing further inflammation and redness.
If you need to put on makeup, always opt for oil-free cosmetics that don’t contain toxic dyes and chemicals. The best one I have ever come across is O Cosmedics 1Skin Foundation. It leaves my skin glowing all day without blocking a single pore and no chance of absorbing any nasties, as there are non contained! This is your skin’s saver to surviving acne and the scarring stage. Fake it until you make it! But in saying this, it is a skin protector regardless of covering acne or not. It’s not recommended to leave your skin to bare the environmental consequences of not wearing a light foundation or barrier all the time.
Wear sunscreen when you step outside
Over exposure to sunlight has damaging effects on the skin. You’ve probably heard of this a billion times. But trust me, its not something you want to spend time and money on correcting later when your skin shows damage and you want to hide it. Studies show sun damage doesn’t surface until more than 10 years later.
A good sunblock not only saves you from the burn. But most importantly it prevent cellular damage within your skin structure. This structure works so hard to protect you. Skin is the largest organ and its aim is protection right? So you can either choose to help your body or constantly go against it, and then regret it later!
Moreover, sunburn leads to an overproduction of oils, so my favourite is undeniably the O Cosmetics Mineral Pro SPF 30 help to prevent sunburns and exacerbating acne due to its pure 20% zinc shown to reduce inflammation and redness in skin. What more could you ask for in a product for acne?
Remember these tips so you can treat acne properly and prevent breakouts, for clean and healthy skin that you can be proud to walk around in. Life is about having fun, growing and enjoying experiences. Don’t waste time worrying, hiding being frustrated with skin issues. GET HELP!!!
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