Acne is typically categorized into two main types: non-inflammatory and inflammatory acne. Although there are two primary categories, there are many different types of acne. We want to help clear things up.
Acne is the emergence of infected or inflamed sebaceous glands in the skin. Acne Vulgaris, the medical name for common acne, forms when hair follicles become clogged with excess sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells. This results in a comedo, which is a basic acne breakout. Acne Vulgaris can be commonly found on the face, back, and chest, as these areas of the body tends to be saturated with pilosebaceous cells, but may be found on other areas like the buttocks. As skin cells regenerate, old cells slough off and if these dead skin cells aren’t cleared from the pore can attract oil and dirt, they’ll be trapped and result in the formation of a pimple.
Acne can also come from fluctuating changes in hormone levels and can affect people at any stage in life, from the teens on. When our bodies have fluctuating hormones, our system responds by over producing testosterone, the main trigger for hormonal acne. Whether you are a male or female, you can be affect by these changes and there are several solutions. Seeking the help of a physician that specializes in hormones is one option and may be combined with changing up your skincare products routines to help keep things at bay. There are also a plethora of products made to help reduce the hyper-pigmentation and scarring that is frequently left behind as a reminder of acne gone bad.
Acne can be inflammatory and noninflammatory and each can call for a different approach. Whether your skin runs oily, combo or dry is another consideration that may require consideration. If your skin runs oily, combining a clay based mask with a cleanser containing salicylic acid will probably be your best option. We love our Purifying mask with Kaolin, to slow the production of sebum, and a nice dose of Colloidal Silver, to heal inflamed skin. We've found, for those that suffer from more inflammatory breakouts, enjoy the calming and healing ingredients that reduce redness and irritation found in our Daily Cleanser with Kaolin. It also boast a bit of Bentonite Clay to add another layer of defense to conquering this terrible beast, but doesn't leave skin dry. If your skin is more oily, you will also need products that contain a higher concentration of salicylic that will help dry skin out and slow down the production of oil that can lead to an increase in the breakout cycle. Our Clarifying Cleanser with Salicylic contains a 2% salicylic solution, the highest level allowed without a prescription, which encourages oil production to stand down and with regular use, offers relief for mild to moderat brakouts.
Additionally, those that suffer from rosacea can also present with signs of acne that is not initiated by hormones or acne related to the teen years. Skin can be dry, breakouts can be inflamed and all of it can leave you suffering from more than just acne. You certainly do not want to add to the dryness by using a product meant to slow down the production of sebum. Instead, you'll want products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients and non drying cleansing agents. As rosacea is the largest growing segment in the skincare community, understanding how to deal with it requires an investment in time and education, partnering with a professional is key. Our Daily Cleanser with Kaolin has frequently aided suffers of rosacea related acne to find peace, balance and clear calm skin. With the added benefit of Zinc and Arnica, skin is soothed to to perfection, leaving a healed, hydrated and clear complexion.
Our biggest hint is that listening to your skin and how it changes as you introduce new products and skincare habits is key to getting rid of acne and keeping it at bay. Just because something worked to calm acne down in the beginning doesn't mean it's necessary for the long run. Sometimes, hitting it hard in the beginning, then backing it down a bit, keeps skin clear and happy, without looking over processed and dry. Working with a skincare professional is a great idea, as they understand the variety of acne that can affect skin and how to adjust your responses to breakouts as skin rolls through it's cycle.
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