We talk a lot about our years of combined experience. It’s safe to say we’ve learned a few things over the years. Here are our Top 10 Acne Fixes:
- Don’t pick. If this could be number 2 and 3 without being redundant it would be. To say don’t pick is incredibly cliché. Every magazine article about acne will tell you the same. Having said that, anyone at SkinScience can honestly tell you that the worst things we’ve have had to correct in peoples skin over the years is hands down because they picked or squeezed or scratched or poked acne breakouts on their own face.
- Cut the sugar. As painful as it is to hear, it needs to be cut. I know, I know….. it tastes so good! But the link between inflammation and sugar has been absolutely proven. So work at removing it from your diet, especially the sneaky sugar hiding in so many packaged foods (many with “Healthy” labels!).
- Exfoliate. You probably read this one and went, “um, no kidding!”. With acne though, exfoliating does not mean ‘scrubbing’. When you have acne, using the wrong scrub can actually increase inflammation which can lead to more breakouts. Its best to exfoliate acne prone skin with and AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) or a BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) or both. (For the record, at SkinScience we only retail two scrubs, so finding one we approve of is hard, if in doubt, bring it in and we will check it out for you)
- Ditch the makeup. Well, not all makeups. But definitely any foundation labeled “Long Lasting” (or akin), be very careful with any heavy coverage foundations. Unfortunately, if the molecular size of the ingredients in a makeup are too large to penetrate into a pore it can be labeled “non-comedigenic”, but this doesn’t mean that it won’t cause clogged pores by trapping oil and dead skin cells in a pore instead of letting it all out.
- Reduce inflammation. This one can be a bit trickier, but it is so important. Pay attention to things that trigger an inflammatory response in your skin, and avoid them. Better yet, find products that contain ingredients like Niacinamide and Hexamidine which can reduce existing inflammation.
- Nix bacteria. No brainer. Cleansing daily with an antimicrobial cleanser can make a world of difference in acne prone skin. Just make sure to avoid ingredients that can strip the skin as well and trigger that inflammatory response!
- It’s often counter intuitive to hydrate skin that can be oily. But so many times, skin is oily BECAUSE it’s not hydrated properly. When your skin gets dehydrated, it compensates for the lack of water by increasing oil production. So, find a lightweight, oil free, silicone free serum or moisturizer.
- Invest in a professional extraction. Repeat up to 3-4 times a year if needed. It’s not fair, you’ve been told to not pick at your own face, and now you have to get someone else to do it? A professional extraction is very different. Your risk of scarring is significantly reduced when you allow an experienced, trained professional to remove clogged pores. It is also more effective, and when done properly won’t increase acne breakouts.
- Use a good Mineral SPF. Minerals are amazing. Not only do they protect your skin from the sun, (which can cause inflammation, increase oil production, and make acne scarring worse) but mineral SPF’s are also anti-inflammatory! In addition, they create an environment where bacteria cannot reproduce. A definite must have for acne prone skin.
- Get a proper evaluation of your acne by an experienced professional. So many people struggle for years trying products that don’t work, or self-diagnosing and treating without having the required knowledge This can end up making things worse and wasting a small fortune in the process. Spend the time to get your acne looked at by an expert, and a proper plan in place to help heal your acne and prevent new acne from forming.
We would love to help you discover the causes of your acne and help you create the plan that clears your skin for good! Call to book your consultation and start on your path to clear skin today!