ACNE!!! Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!!

It happens to the best of us. If Acne had a mother I would go talk to her about the biggest mistake she made by having an offspring. Some people are lucky that acne no longer disrespects them after their teens, but some of us are not so lucky. Adult acne is the worst.

Acne has different grades and can be caused by:
1) Bacteria

2) Clogged follicles

3) Genetics

4) Hormones, Cosmetics, Skincare products, foods, and stress.

If you suffer from any type of acne, the good news is, it’s treatable. It might get worse before it get’s better, so pack your PATIENCE, too.
When buying acne products there are active ingredients you need to look for. The Milady Standard Fundamentals lists the following:
1) Benzoyl Peroxide: This product releases oxygen that kills the bacteria and stops the irritating effects of the bacteria; it also irrigates and sloughs out acne impactions

2) Beta Hydroxy acids(salicylic acid): These products work in conjunction with AHA’s to slough old cells and keep follicles open. BHA’s are not as strong as AHA’s, but they are effective when used alone, especially for sensitive skin(check for aspirin allergies before using salicylic acid)

3) Sulfur Masks: These are effective acne products that exfoliate skin, and heal and dry blemishes(check for sulfur allergies)

4) Vitamins: These oral vitamins should include zinc and B-complex vitamins.

5) Increase Vitamin C: This oral vitamin has antioxidant value and healing effects.

6) AHA’s(glycolic, lactic, malic, citric, and tartaric acids): These products are used in different percentages and pH factors to dissolve the demonsomes between cells to keep skin cells exfoliated. Exfoliation also softens acne impactions and stimulates cell production.

7) Vitamin A: This topical vitamin benefits the skin in several ways; it stimulates new cell production and clears up acne impactions and the skin in general.

8) Healing Creams: These products encourage new cell growth.

9) Oxygen therapy treatments: These products reduce bacteria; they also oxygenate and open impacted follicles for easier extractions.

10) Spot blemish treatment: These include products such as tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide that is applied just on blemishes after cleansing.

Now that you are an “expert” at reading product labels and knowing what works, let’s discuss other factors that can help eliminate acne.

Do it yourself acne care
First things first, you need to wash your face twice daily, preferably with a foaming cleanser.
Be sure to change your pillowcase once every 3 days. The oil from your hair does get on your pillow, and then on your face. Most importantly, keep your hair clean.
There are so many products on the market which can be confusing. Don’t know where to start, start by using products with Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Both can be used in conjunction for better results, one in the morning and the other at night. Use mild products to avoid irritation and redness.
Eliminate comedogenic products. Oil-free does not mean “noncomedogenic”(meaning it won’t clog pores). Examine the ingredients on product labels to determine if they are correct for problem skin(Miladys).
HAVE REGULAR FACIALS at least once a month or as needed. I can’t stress that enough. If you are on a budget, find an esthetics school in your area. It is quite affordable. The students need their hours to graduate, so they need to practice.
DO NOT PICK on your acne or do your own extractions if you don’t know how. It will only make the situation worse.
What you eat throws up on your face, so stay away from greasy food and alcohol.
Use oil-free moisturizers. Stay away from sunscreen till your acne clears up.
Exercise, practice stress reduction, and DON’T SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF ON YOUR FACE, literally (: