Acne-prone skin is a skin type that has the tendency to develop acne and pimples easily. While we refer to acne prone skin, it can be oily or dry skin. Often acne prone skin is easily associated with oily skin but even dry skin can be acne prone. Acne is not only prominent in teenager's or women's skin, but affects both genders and is not age specific. Some adults may experience acne during a certain period of time or for many years of their life.
Acne prone skin suffers from post acne marks and scarring which is often an aftermath of acne. Acne not only affects the skin but can also take a toll on one's self confidence. Some people with acne prone skin suffer from mild acne conditions whereas some experience moderate acne to severe acne. In case of persistent moderate to severe acne, it is better to consult a dermatologist or an esthetician rather than self treat the skin conditions.
In the next section we will discuss what exactly is acne and the causes of acne.
Acne is a skin condition which occurs when a hair follicle clogs up to cause white heads, black heads or pimples. The clogged pore contains dead skin cells, sebum, dirt and grime.
Acne can be roughly classified in following types
Whiteheads - thick sebaceous kind of clogged pores which may or may not develop acne in future. If the skin over the pores stays closed they appear white, hence the name.
Blackheads - open clogged pores where the skin over the pores opens, exposing it to air. The exposure leads to oxidation and the head appears black in color, which is why the name blackheads.
Small red, tender bumps called as papules
Pustules, which are nothing but papules with pus at the tips
Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin called as nodules
Painful, pus-filled lumps on surface of the skin called as cystic acne
Under any circumstances, no matter how tempting it might be, never pick at your acne. Doing so can leave a permanent scarring on the skin. Let the acne heal slowly on its own or with the skin care products which you are using. Avoid picking your acne at any cost.
Causes of Acne
- Skin type or Genetics
If you have oily skin type, the skin already produces excess oil/sebum. This excess sebum can easily clog pores leading to acne. People with dry skin type can also experience acne even if there is no excess sebum secretion, but the skin itself has a tendency to easily clog up.
Hormones play a major role in controlling the functionality of the human body. So skin getting affected by hormonal changes appears to be a no-brainer. Certain hormones can stimulate sebum production in sebaceous glands making the skin acne prone. Acne is noticeable in adolescence due to increase of hormones during puberty. Some women experience acne before the onset of their periods.
Some medicines used to treat certain medical conditions can also cause acne in the form of heat boils or tiny bumps on the skin.
There is no scientific study indicating that consuming certain foods causes acne or not. However some foods do cause inflammation and identifying as well as avoiding such foods can help some people with acne prone skin. It is always better to consult your dietician or family doctor before disregarding a whole set of food for the sake of acne.
- Using skincare products not meant for your skin type
To treat acne prone skin, you need to use the products meant for your skin types. Using products without checking the skin type they are designed for, might cause acne. We will check this point in detail in the next section.
Skin care routine for Acne prone skin
A proper skin care routine for acne involves daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing, biweekly masking and mild exfoliation. Also please keep in mind, the following points before starting any skin care routine
Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing is to be followed two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
Do not cleanse your face more than twice per day.
Remove makeup or sunscreen if any, before you call it a day.
Before gauging whether a particular skincare routine is working or not, you need to follow it for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Do not introduce all new products at once. Include them in your routine one by one.
Always patch test before using any product to rule out any skin irritation or allergies
While using any product be gentle the skin especially if you have active acne
Let us check the detailed acne prone skin care routine. Both oily and dry skin will have different products in their routine, since they contain different ingredients which are beneficial according to the skin type.
Skin care routine for oily acne prone skin
Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree, Neem & Rosemary Organic Cold Pressed Soap
This soap bar helps to detoxify the skin pores and to refresh, hydrate and nourish the skin.
Juicy Chemistry Hemp, Tea Tree & Neem Organic Face Wash
This nourishing cleanser is well-suited for oily skin types.
Juicy Chemistry Australian Tea Tree & Basil Water Toner
This toner mist prevents acne and soothes skin inflammations.
Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Carrier Oil
You can use this oil as a full face treatment. Hemp Seed oil is a non comedogenic oil well-suited for oily, acne-prone skin. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help maintain overall skin health.
You can use the Juicy Chemistry Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil as a spot treatment.
Skin care routine for dry acne prone skin
Juicy Chemistry Papaya, Apricot & Mandarin Cold Pressed Soap
The healing and antioxidant properties of papaya are harnessed in this soap with a blend of essential oils that help soothe dry acne prone skin, deep cleanses the pores and leaves it hydrated.
Juicy Chemistry Lavender Water Toner
This toner mist hydrates and nourishes the skin. Lavender hydrosol helps balance the skin and restore pH.
Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Argan Carrier Oil
Argan oil is a non comedogenic oil that helps improve elasticity, provide hydration, and balance the skin.
So as seen above skincare for acne prone skin doesn't have to be an intensive one rather it has to be simple yet effective for the skin. It should work in synchronization with your skincare goals.
Frequently Asked Questions about Acne prone skin
Which face wash is best for pimples?
The face wash which cleanses your skin without stripping the natural sebum is the best face wash for pimples. Face Wash alone can't treat/heal acne or pimples. Follow an acne prone skin care routine to treat and heal acne.
Does putting toothpaste on acne help?
No! Many DIY enthusiasts swear by this trick of drying up an acne overnight by dabbing a toothpaste over it. Toothpaste actually doesn't help in healing the acne. It can leave a mark on the skin owing to the ingredients present in the toothpaste.
How to remove acne marks?
A simple trick that helps fade acne marks is, massaging the skin lightly to improve the blood circulation and rejuvenate the skin cells. In order to massage the facial skin you will need a good quality oil like Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Carrier Oil which will give a nice slip to your massage strokes without tugging or pulling your skin. Acne marks fade away on their own and take some months to fade away considerably.