Understanding Acne & Acne-Prone Skin

Acne is one of most common skin conditions that trouble many of us. All of us in some way or another have experienced different types of acne. Acne is not gender specific, and it can occur at different ages. Genetics play a role too. But the truth about acne is simple – some people just have a skin type (acne-prone!) that is more prone to breakouts!

Acne can occur in different forms and there are many different reasons why our skin is breaking out.  And acne can appear much differently on different people. Some of us may experience heavy breakouts while others have just a few cystic pimples. For some, certain products might work quickly and easily, while others need more aggressive skincare routine. Each person’s skin is different. But no matter which type of acne you might be experiencing, here are a few facts you should be aware of:

# Clogged pores.

Everything starts deep in our skin’s pores, when those pores get clogged with dirt, impurities, dead cells and many other bad things. Make sure your skincare routine is right for your skin. Forget boxing yourself into the dry or oily skin categories. Listen to your skin. Include acid exfoliation into your skincare regime. Choose the right moisturizer and non-drying treatments.

# Acne-prone.

What does it mean? As we mentioned before, every person’s skin is different. However, acne-prone skin breaks out more easily and more often. External factors (e.g. stress, wrong skin care etc.) can exacerbate the condition or generate new pimples. Are you wondering whether enlarged pores and oiliness are typical for acne-prone skin? The answer is yes, they are.

# Know the difference.

Here are a few types of acne, which we should know and understand. Acne vulgaris is the medical term for simple acne – a milder form of acne. This is the most common type of acne and can be treated with right skincare routine.

Hormonal acne is caused by a hormonal change or imbalance in our bodies. Hormonal acne usually appears around the mouth area and can vary from mild to severe. If you suspect that your hormones could be the reason for your breakouts, consult a dermatologist.

Cystic acne is the most severe form. The pores are not just clogged, but they also become infected. The best way to treat this type of acne is to consult a dermatologist.

Nodular acne is the most difficult type to treat. Why? Because it’s painful and a large bump is under the skin. It can lie under the skin for a very long period of time. I have one on my cheek! It drives me nuts. I’m using our SOS treatment to handle the inflammatory process underneath.

# Non-inflammatory acne is acne (read more).

Whiteheads are closed clogged bumps on the skin’s surface. Whiteheads could be caused by hormonal imbalance. However, this form of acne is categorized as a mild form and can be treated with over-the-counter exfoliants. Blackheads are open comedos. They belong to non-inflammatory acne category too. The treatment for this type of acne is not difficult too. Exfoliate and use clay masks regularly.

# Here we are – Adult Acne.

I’m 31 and I still get pimples, and it is not unusual for adults to have acne. Stress, hormonal imbalance, or anything can cause adult acne. My tip to you: check your hormones and make sure you are using the right skin-care products!

# Myths about acne.

I had acne for many years and people were saying to me “Leave it alone. Let acne run its course.” I’m glad I did not listen. If you have acne, the best way to get rid of it is to treat it.

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