We’ll look at what is the treatment for acne first and then give a bit more information around acne types and how people get acne a bit further down in the article.
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The Treatment for Acne
Clean your skin gently.
Don’t get all vigorous with it, this may actually make things worse. Use only your fingertips (no nails) or a soft washcloth. Clean all the areas, initially don’t go near break out areas, you can save this for last as you don’t want to spread any of the bacteria. When you have done all the areas on your face ( and if need be other parts of your body) then move onto the breakout areas. If you are a sporty type a double wash at night is a good idea, clean, rinse and repeat.
Use a Toner or Astringent
This helps remove excess oils and helps tone and hydrate the skin and depending on the ingredients it can help on blackheads and acne. Apply the product on a cotton ball or pad and gently smooth all over the face (and any other areas) and neck to help remove the last bits of cleanser and oil.
You do have to be a little bit careful of your skin type as you don’t want to dry out your skin too much or if you have oily skin you want it to be effective. It may be best to try to avoid products with too much alcohol ( do not drink it!!).
This step can be missed if you find it’s creating too much havoc with your skin but with the products we recommend it should be fine.
Apply Acne Treatment
After the toner has dried completely or after your face is completely clean and dry – don’t get vigorous with drying, patting the skin is better than rubbing it like crazy. Smooth on your acne treatment as directed. Let the treatment absorb or dry completely before going to the next step.
Apply an Oil Free Moisturizer or Gel.
Before you say I’m crazy – you wouldn’t be the first though. It may seem like adding a moisturizer to already oily skin is counter-intuitive but this is an important step so please don’t skip it. Acne treatments can dry out the skin, so to reduce dry and peeling skin apply this twice a day.
Your moisturizer shouldn’t leave your skin feeling slick and greasy, good treatments are easily absorbed by the skin and won’t aggravate acne.
The flash name you should be looking for is noncomedogenic which basically means it won’t clog the pores of the skin. If you are getting a range of products for the treatment of acne then the product should be noncomedogenic but it does pay to check.
Keep it Up
So this is three or four steps, a couple of songs long in the morning and evening – or whatever you choose to do to offset the time.
If this sounds all too much then the only other answer is to have pimples and hopefully time will take care of it.
It will take a bit of money but if it will help your skin and self-esteem is it worth it?
Once again, The Expanded Kit from Exposed Skin Care has everything you need to start ridding yourself from Acne.
What about blue light treatment? This does help but you don’t want to swap out all the above steps for this. Blue light is more like another step you can do but not a substitution for the above.
What is Blue Light Therapy
The wavelength of blue light has an antimicrobial effect, making it effective at killing several types of bacteria especially the
Propionibacterium acnes, or P acne that can collect in your pores and oil glands and cause breakouts. Using blue light eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands on your skin. If you add in infrared light (heat) which is common with in home devices then this causes the oil glands to shrink in size as well. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to a noticeable reduction of acne in the treated areas.
There have been many studies conducted with blue light and the reduction in acne and in all the cases I have seen they have all been positive. Generally, it does take a few weeks’ treatment but please do not overdo this sort of treatment and follow the manufacturers recommendations. As an average from the studies I have read, people with acne who were treated with blue light therapy for four to six weeks’ saw an improvement in 70% percent plus of cases.
Treatment can become even more effective when light therapy is included within the regimen of a topical treatment of acne. Most experts agree that if you are taking an oral or prescription acne treatment then blue light should not also be used, it is more for those who want to avoid taking more serious drugs.
We recommend lights from Project E beauty, they have a full range and their core business is skincare so the lights have been designed and tested for us. They also have videos on some of their products which is a great way to see how to use them.
The other thing is about sun protection, with or without acne this is hugely important. With acne, a lot of the treatments you use may make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, it’s no good to get rid of acne but look 90 when you are 19 or 39!!! It’s not that bad but be aware that sun damage is a possibility. A lot of moisturizers do contain a SPF factor, if yours doesn’t then look for a sunscreen for the face as these tend to be less oily and perfumed.
What Causes Acne
Acne is caused by blocked follicles. This can happen by a multitude of things but the main ones are everyday wear and tear such as dirt build up, bacteria, dead skin cells and or oil (sebum) which enter your pores and block them.
Types of Acne
These are noninflammatory spots which include Blackheads and Whiteheads and they are usually caused by your skin pores being blocked from such things as dirt, oils and dead skin cells. These are the most common form and we are all likely to get them at some stage in our lives.
Whiteheads and Blackheads are very similar, the only difference being that whiteheads have skin covering them, Blackheads don’t and are referred to as “open comedones,” they are created from the blocked oil in your skin becoming oxidized by air and this turns them black.
Both Blackheads and Whiteheads are different from pustules as they don’t contain pus and cannot spread to other parts of the face.
They can be treated with salicylic acids, face scrubs and general upkeep of facial hygiene.
These Papules are small red bumps that often appear as clusters on the skin. They are caused by blocked pores mixing with bacteria and create inflamed lesions in the surrounding skin tissue.
For papules and other inflammatory acne, generally, the most effective treatment is benzoyl peroxide which kills the bacteria.
This is your typical “pimple” or “zit,” this type of acne looks large and red with a white or yellow core. The core contains pus from bacteria and it can spread if you pick at them, this can lead to further breakouts on other parts of the skin. They can be quite tender to the touch but can go away on their own.
The process can be sped up with the application of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which kill the bacteria and draw out the excess oils.
One of the most severe forms of acne is cystic acne. Cysts are large and painful pimples without heads. They are caused by oil and bacteria being trapped under the surface of the skin and often appear on the chin or jaw. Do not pop or pick these pimples because it can lead to further breakout and scarring.
Nodules are painful and hard lumps and lie deep within the body, they have no heads or visible centers. They are caused by clogged pores which can then cause damage to the tissues and cells deep beneath the skins surface.
It is possible to have more than one type of acne at once and you should discuss this with your doctor for help in diagnosing them.
Other Factors which can cause Acne
Excessively Dry Skin
Some of us try to reduce oil and acne by drying out our skin. We think, dry skin, no oil, better for the skin. Not so. By trying to do this it causes our sebaceous glands to go into overdrive as they try to bring your skin’s oil level back into balance. This overdrive mode creates too much oil, leaving you at a higher risk for breakouts.
You are what you eat and drink – generally, you are, whatever you put in your body. Take notice of how your diet affects your skin. For some men, drinking alcohol, eating certain foods, and using some prescription medications can all cause breakouts. If you are experiencing an increase in acne, review any recent lifestyle changes to try to root out the cause of the
Chemicals and Irritants
Some chemicals and irritants in the skincare products you’re using can cause inflammation and lead to acne. Inflamed skin is more likely to see a build of up white blood cells, causing pimples to appear. These are the easy chemical and irritants to fix. To avoid this, choose skincare products for men made with gentle, natural ingredients. Know your skin and avoid any ingredients that tend to cause irritation, redness, or other negative reactions. A recommendation is noncomedogenic – it doesn’t block the pores.
Chemicals and Irritants in our surroundings are more difficult to control but be aware, especially if you work in an industry which brings you into contact them.
Just think if you can follow along this regimen for 30 days or so how will you feel with the improvement you will see. Your friends may even as k you what you have done to get rid of acne.
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