What Do I Need To Know About My Acne?
Understanding Your Acne Breakouts
Ever find yourself breaking out along your jawline or chin area? Does it bug you? Wondering about what is the cause and the reason it is always there or keeps coming back?
Look no further, we are here to explain more about it to you.
Why Do I Get Acne?
For breakouts that happen along the jawline or on the chin, this acne is usually caused by fluctuations in hormones. This would mean that there is a disruption in your endocrine system. As a result, your body begins to release excess androgens which get the oil glands working more hence more oil on the face as well as clogged pores.
A surge in hormones can happen during your menstrual cycle, just a week before your period. It could also be a result of a switch or start in consuming birth control medications.
Other reasons for your breakouts could very easily be because of your diet. As they say, how healthy you eat is reflected in your skin. Gut health also affects acne. This is because it changes your hormone levels. If you are someone who loves eating carbs or dairy – it could be a problem. Try to cut down on having too many sugars, white bread, processed foods, and even dairy products. In doing so, it can help prevent you from suffering from acne breakouts.
How Severe Is My Acne?
Acne comes in three different categories – mild, moderate, and severe. When your acne is under the mild category, it means that you have a few whiteheads and blackheads. When oil gets trapped on the surface of your skin, you get whiteheads. It turns black once it is exposed to oxygen for too long and turns into blackheads. As much as you would like to squeeze them out with your fingers, control yourself! Instead, use steam and a comedone cleanser to help you out.
For moderate acne, it means that you have more than a handful of whiteheads, blackheads as well as pimples. To remove or ease the swelling of your pimples, you could get some over-the-counter medication or use proper and good skincare products.
Lastly for severe acne, it is good to seek professional help. Get yourself checked by a dermatologist who could help you create and customize a solution for you to help fight against all the stubborn acne on your face. It is good to seek such professional help as the medication you get from the drug stores, though they might be useful to help with regular flare-ups, these professionals can help you to formulate birth control pills or topical ointments to help with the inflammations.
For acne that is found on the T-zone, the part of your face with the most oil-secreting glands, have no fear, it is most likely to be caused by oils or stress. Studies have shown that when you are very stressed, it does not necessarily mean that your oil glands start to produce more oil, but instead it can make acne even worse. Another study indicated that people who do not have enough sleep and wake up tired tend to have acne as well.
If you realize that you tend to break out whenever you are stressed or when you are tired try to do the following:
Participate in a good ten minutes of meditation a day before you go to sleep and keep a good sleeping habit. Try to sleep for at least eight hours a day if possible. You could also listen to music or do a light exercise to help relieve stress too.
Another simple yet difficult way to prevent acne is to simply NOT touch your face or forehead. Did you know that on average, a person touches his face up to a hundred times a day? In doing so, it spreads the oil on the face and adds dirt directly into pores straight from their hands.
How Do I Get Rid Of My Acne?
If you are someone with oily skin, get yourself some salicylic acid washes to help reduce the grease on your face. Take note though, that it is also good to understand your skin and choose a product that works well with your skin type. If you are someone with an oily face or prone to acne, it is good to use non-comedogenic oil products. This helps to make sure that your pores are not clogged up. Other than helping those with an oily complexion keep away from acne, it also helps those with dry skin to have supple and acne-free skin. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Such oils include:
- Grapeseed oil
- Neem oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Sunflower oil
Just to name a few!
It is also good to look out for the following ingredients when purchasing a skincare product as well:
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
These ingredients are beneficial for the face.
Avoid picking up products that contain lanolin, especially acetylated and ethoxylated lanolin. D&C red dyes, isopropyl myristate and derivatives, and lastly, propylene glycol-2 (PPG-2) myristyl propionate.
Yes, these words may be hard to pronounce and tough to read, but knowing what to avoid could save you the problem of having acne breakouts!
All in all, if you would like to keep your skin looking clean, supple, and acne-free, try not to touch your face so much. And in the event that you do break out, don’t worry so much. Remember that it is a natural thing that is bound to happen. Drink enough water, have a healthy diet, sleep enough, and try not to be so stressed all the time. This could help to reduce your acne problems or even stop it from getting any worse. When you feel like you really are unsure of how else to fix your skin, turn to a professional. The dermatologists would be more than willing to help you craft our solutions and medications that would help you get your skin back to tip-top shape!
Also, remember that it is important to know your skin type and what can or cannot be put in contact with your skin before you purchase a skincare product.