Acne is not just a concern for teenage girls or women. It affects all genders and ages. Some adults experience acne only for a short period while others have a chronic condition that lasts several years.
People with acne-prone skin also have to deal with hyperpigmentation and acne scars as aftermath. So it not only affects the skin but can also take a toll on one's self-confidence too.
What Is Acne?
Acne, short for Acne vulgaris, is a skin condition that occurs when a hair follicle gets clogged leading to whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. The clogged pore contains dead skin cells, sebum, dirt and grime.
Acne-Prone Skin Meaning
Some people are more likely to get acne and thus are said to have acne-prone skin. Acne-prone skin is thus a skin type that tends to develop acne and pimples easily. It is easily associated with oily skin but even people with dry skin type have acne-prone skin too.
Types Of Acne
- Whiteheads are small clogged pores that may or may not develop into acne in future. The skin over the pores stays closed so they appear white, hence the name.
- Blackheads are open clogged pores where the sebum trapped inside is exposed to air. The exposure leads to oxidation and the pore appears black, thus the name blackheads.
- Papules are small red, tender bumps caused due to inflammation of the skin.
- Pustules are papules but with a whitehead due to pus accumulated at the tips.
- Nodules are large, solid, painful lumps formed under the skin.
Cystic acne are painful, pus-filled lumps on the surface of the skin.
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.
Under any circumstances, no matter how tempting it might be, never pick at your acne. Doing so can leave 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 an oily skin type, your skin already produces excess oil/sebum. This excess sebum can easily clog pores leading to acne on the forehead, cheeks, jawline, etc.
People with dry skin types can experience acne even if there is no excess sebum secretion as 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 the 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 whether 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 controlling acne.
Wrong skin care products:
To treat acne-prone skin, you need to follow a proper skincare routine. But using products without checking the skin type they are designed for can also cause acne.
Skin Care Routine For Acne-Prone Skin
A proper skincare routine for acne involves daily cleansing, toning and moisturising, biweekly masking and mild exfoliation. But please keep the following tips in mind before starting any skincare routine-
- Do not use your acne face wash more than twice a day as it can dry out your skin.
- Remove makeup or sunscreen if any, before you call it a day to keep the pores clean.
- Before gauging whether a particular skincare routine is working or not, 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 with the skin especially if you have active acne.
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.
Juicy Chemistry Products for Oily Acne-Prone Skincare Routine
A gentle cleansing soap that helps detoxify the skin pores and to refresh, hydrate and nourish the skin.
A face wash for acne-prone skin that is nourishing and made with saponified oils. it is well-suited for oily skin types as it helps balance sebum levels.
An extremely hydrating and soothing toner mist that helps prevents acne and calm inflammations.
A non-comedogenic oil is a great moisturizer for acne-prone skin. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help maintain overall skin health.
You can also use the Juicy Chemistry Frankincense & Hemp Facial Oil as a spot treatment.
A potent serum with cellular extracts of willow bark, white tea and turmeric which controls and prevents bacterial growth and inflammation related to acne.
Juicy Chemistry Products for Dry, Acne-Prone Skincare RoutineJuicy 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 cleanse the pores and leave 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.
Juicy Chemistry AHA Polishing Serum
This potent serum has cellular extracts of Roselle, Queen Garnet and Davidson plum which gently exfoliate the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation.Acne-prone skincare routine doesn't have to be complicated. Rather it should be kept simple to be effective on the skin. It should work in sync with your skin to get clear, healthy skin in no time.
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. Acne face wash alone can't treat/heal acne or pimples. Follow an acne-prone skincare routine to treat and heal acne.
Does putting toothpaste on acne help?
No! Many DIY enthusiasts swear by this trick of drying up acne overnight by dabbing a toothpaste over it. Toothpaste doesn't help in healing 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 blood circulation and rejuvenate the skin cells. 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.