Acne is something that almost everyone has experienced in their life, or will at one point experience. According to the NHS review acne is very common amongst young adults and adolescents with 95% those aged between 11-30 being affected. However, “In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. About 3% of adults have acne over the age of 35“.
Typically acne is divided into two categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory.
There are many things that can contribute to acne breakouts, from poor diet, hormonal unbalance, blocked follicle glands and the environments, as well as, genetics.
Personally I tend to get inflammatory acne. Whereby the spots are red and swollen, the maddening thing about these type of stops is that they can be sore and itchy. What is more frustrating is the fact that I cannot pop it or scratch it.
How I am learning to maintain and manage the outbreaks.
The first step in my opinion is understanding your skin type. I used to think that I had an oily t-zone and combination skin – turned out my skin is in fact oily. I discovered this when I went to have a microdermabrasion to reduce the inflammation and gently exfoliate my skin (I may do a post on this)
One of my major issue was that I didn’t really have a suitable skin routine, I was also using products that are not for my skin type. As someone with oily skin that is prone to acne/blemish, i need to use water-based or gel-based products. As they are absorbed faster in the skin, because they are lighter in texture, compared to using oil based products which can cause inflammation.
I remember when I used to lather my face with oil, without realising that adding oil to my skin was only engorging pores, thus creating a breeding space for acne-causing bacteria. As the skin glands/pores begin to clog, the skin is under pressure from all the build up from bacteria and oils, causing swelling, irritation and hyper pigmentation (more prominent on black skin) as a result.
To prevent manage my skin, I now have a skin care routine suitable for my skin type that I religiously follow.
daily exfoliator: Neutrogena ® Refreshingly Clear Daily Exfoliator with pink grapefruit & vitamin C. Purifies for cleaner radiant skin. For blemish-prone skin.
Face wash: Neutrogena ® Refreshingly Clear Facial Wash with pink grapefruit & vitamin C. Cleanses for clearer radiant skin. For blemish-prone skin
cleanser: Medik8 Clarifying Foam
Toner: The Ordinary glycolic acid toner
Moisturiser : Vitamin E Gel Moisture Cream
NHS Review https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acne/ (23/10/20190