Treating Acne


Acne is frustrating but Accutane should be your last resort because it is so harsh on the skin and body. Here is a little information on acne to help you treat your skin at home.

What causes breakouts? Most say dirt and oil.. but why? BECAUSE it traps bacteria that lives in pores and gives it a nice anaerobic environment (no oxygen) to flourish in. Inflammation can do the same thing! {see hormonal acne below}

First you need to identify what is causing your acne. To do so, asses what part of your face is affected. Typically, you can tell what is going on by where it is located. Here are some examples:

Chin and Back- Hormonal (women)

Get nerdy with me for a moment and imagine this. Every 28 days or so your body goes through its regular cycle. During this, your body’s hormone levels change Hello PMS. Anyway, during ovulation your male hormones {androgens} spike. This causes a micro- inflammatory  response in the beard area and in the back. This inflammation actually closes off the pores trapping the bacteria that would otherwise not cause a breakout.

It takes a week or two for this bacteria to cause a pimple once the inflammation has occurred. That is why during your period, acne is at its worst.

So knowing this, what you need to do is use a Medicated Acne Lotionwith Benzoyl Peroxide (that oxidizes the closed off pores) during and right after ovulation. My favorite one is from Image because it is a nice light moisturizer that you use at night.

To Prevent: Use your Benzoyl Peroxide on the entire face  once daily for a week starting at ovulation. Use Ovulation Tests if you don’t know when that is.

To Treat: Spot treat with the same Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion

Proactiv has Benzoyl Peroxide in it and that is why it works for people suffering from hormonal acne. The problem with it is people overuse it! Once your face clears, stop using it because it is too harsh to be using all the time and can cause inflammation leading to more acne. Vicious cycle.

  • Use Medicated Acne Lotion
  • Do not over scrub, be as gentle with your acne as possible.
  • Reduce inflammation by touching less.
  • Use cool water for your final rinse.
  • If its still not working, try not eating dairy and processed foods for a month to reduce overall inflammation in the body.


Cheeks- Cosmetic, Hormonal, Cell Phone

  • Make sure to be using pump foundations, this limits the chance that the foundation can be contaminated.
  • Clean your brushes daily if you are suffering from severe acne.
  • Clean your cell phone with lysol wipes.
  • Wash your pillowcase frequently or invest in a pack to rotate them out.
  • Use a Clarisonic facial brush to cleanse thoroughly.

Bridge of Nose/Temples – Glasses/Sunglasses

  • Clean glasses daily.

Forehead – Cosmetic

  • Make sure to be using pump foundations, this limits the chance that the foundation can be contaminated.
  • Clean your brushes daily if you are suffering from severe acne.
  • Use a Clarisonic facial brush to cleanse thoroughly.

Hairline – Sweat/Workout

  • Wash face or targeted area twice daily with this making sure to get up into the scalp.
  • Use a Clarisonic facial brush to cleanse thoroughly.

 

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