If you are prone to breakouts, you’re not alone. Acne is the single most common skin condition in the United States. The good news is, once you’ve determined the type of acne you have, there are a variety of ways you can treat and prevent it going forward. If you’re looking to clear up your complexion as you head back to school (or work), we’ve got solutions.
What is it? Simply put, comedonal acne is all about clogged pores. “This is usually found in people whose skin doesn’t turn over as quickly or as well. They tend to have little bits of oil or waxes under the skin.” This looks like tiny bumps all over the skin, but often concentrated in the T-zone.
How to treat it: The good news is that comedonal acne is fairly easy to treat. Aknicare Cleanser will normalise skin cell turnover and exfoliation, resulting in unclogged pores. If you have a mild form of comedonal acne, you can treat it over the counter by using products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid to exfoliate the top layer of your skin. “Make sure you are compliant with washing your face twice a day and using a cleanser that contain exfoliants once or twice a week.” Make sure not to over exfoliate your skin. Another piece of advice: Take a look at your makeup. If it’s heavy and pore-clogging, you’ll want to re-evaluate.
What is it? When you think of acne, the image that pops up in your head is probably that of inflammatory acne — red bumps, whiteheads, and blackheads. Inflammatory acne tends to be more random, meaning you might wake up with a spot for no reason. “The causes are all over the place. Clogged pores are a part of it, but with inflammatory acne, it’s the body’s inflammatory response to the clogged follicle and the waxes and oils irritating the body.” Inflammatory acne tends to be more common in men due to higher testosterone levels leading to more oil production.
How to treat it: If you’re looking for an over-the-counter treatment plan it is recommended that you should wash your face twice a day and focusing on oil control. Aknicare contains key ingredients that address the visible symptoms while also treating the underlying cause. Using the Core 3 products together, you will unclog pores, normalise oil production, reduce existing spots and stop new spots from forming.
Because inflammatory acne comes and goes, it’s important to stick to a routine and give it time (two to three months) before you start to see a difference in your skin.
What is it? Cystic acne is a scarring type of acne with deep inflammation in the skin. It’s the most severe form of acne and something that you want to start treating early on. “There is a whole social impact and an emotional impact of cystic acne.”
How to treat it: Accutane is often recommended for the treatment of cystic acne. “Accutane is an incredible medication that can be life-changing for people with acne. It’s usually five to six months of medication, and it’s a commitment. There are potential risks associated, but there are numerous benefits.” 30 percent of people who undergo an Accutane regimen never get acne again, and for most people the acne will become more manageable and less inflamed. She also points out that there are options out there for those who do not want to go on Accutane, but you should see your dermatologist to determine what combination of topical and oral antibiotics are right for you.
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