What You Can Learn About Yourself From Your Acne Breakouts

What You Can Learn About Yourself From Your Acne Breakouts

What You Should Know About Acne

Is it a pustule or is it a pimple? Can you differentiate them from one another? Ever curious as to why you might only be breaking out on a certain area of your face? One thing for sure is that not all acne is the same, and by the same logic, not all acne can be solved with the same treatment. As such, knowing these types of breakout basics will be very beneficial to help clear your skin!

Where there are oil glands, there might be acne!

This is especially so during puberty as your adrenal glands start to produce hormones that activate the oil glands. This then results in even more oil being secreted which could end up clogged pores. Hence, the acne on your face. Additionally, this oil stimulates bacteria growth that already lives on the skin and can easily multiply causing inflammation of the tissues around the oil build-up.

Common blemishes

The most common blemishes are inflammatory lesions and comedones. Comedones refer to either whiteheads or blackheads. Whiteheads and blackheads are basically just pores clogged with either a white or black bump. It is caused when the oil breaks through the surface of the skin, leaving you with whiteheads. However, when exposed to oxygen, the oil turns black – hence the blackheads.  

Inflammatory lesions on the other hand are red with raised bumps – or as we usually call it, pimples. These can be painful or even filled with pus.

The most common blemishes are inflammatory lesions and comedones. Comedones refer to either whiteheads or blackheads. Whiteheads and blackheads are basically just pores clogged with either a white or black bump. It is caused when the oil breaks through the surface of the skin, leaving you with whiteheads. However, when exposed to oxygen, the oil turns black – hence the blackheads.  

Inflammatory lesions on the other hand are red with raised bumps – or as we usually call it, pimples. These can be painful or even filled with pus.

There are three categories that acne falls under - mild, moderate, and severe.

Mild acne is when you only have a few white or blackheads. Moderate acne is when there is a significant amount of white and blackheads, as well as inflamed pimples. As for severe acne, you would be experiencing many cystic nodules under your skin. 

Before you go ahead and classify a zit as just a zit, it is good to actually know what kind of breakout you are experiencing. For example, if the inflammation is very close to the surface, you will get a pustule. If it is deeper, then it is a pimple, or if it is even deeper, it can be classified as a cyst.

Treatments for the various acne types:

For mild or moderate acne, you could just use one of the over-the-counter products or practice good skincare. 

If you do suffer from severe acne, you should seek treatment and advice from a dermatologist.

It is good to have a habit of washing your face regularly if you do wish to have clear skin. In fact, it is good to use an oil-free cleanser and moisturize with non-comedogenic, oil-free formulas. This would help to ensure that you maintain an acne-free complexion. 

It is good to look out for products with alpha-hydroxy acids (i.e salicylic acid or glycolic acid) as these acids help to dissolve the bonds keeping dead skin cells stuck in a fixed position. This will help break the bonds down and leave you with better-looking skin. 

As much as you wish to pop a pimple, we are going to tell you what you already know – don’t. Not even a whitehead. Instead, use steam and a comedone extractor. Pimples however might require the use of a needle while a cyst needs steroid injections.

Where are you breaking out?

The most common areas for breakouts tend to be found on the face, chest, back, and shoulders. The reason for these breakouts could very well be because of certain allergies, sensitivities to certain kinds of food, having not enough sleep, or a poor diet. 

Having breakouts on your shoulders and back could be a sign that you might be allergic to the products you use for either taking a bath or washing your clothes. 

Additionally, eating foods with too many refined carbohydrates such as muffins or snacks like crackers increases your chances of acne breakouts. 

A breakout on the face could be an indication of imbalanced hormones or other reasons. Research has shown that the culprit for acne found around the jaw and chin could be hormonal issues. Dirty pillows could lead to breakouts on the cheek. It could even have come from your phone. Having whiteheads or blackheads near the hairline indicates that the shampoo or hair products you are using might be too heavy.

Age affects acne:

For teenagers, the breakout zone happens within the T-zone – that being the forehead, chin, nose, and around the mouth. These breakouts are usually due to hormones stimulating the oil glands and causing the latter to produce way too much oil. 

For adult women, breakouts can commonly be found on the lower part of their face or jawline. Breakouts could even be the hormone fluctuations that are caused by menopause. 

Adult men also break out due to hormone fluctuations.

Diet Affects your skin:

If you want to have clear skin, you too have to care and be conscious about what you put into your mouth and into your system. Diets that are high in sugar, dairy, and fats are said to provoke an inflammatory response within the body, causing acne breakouts. 

As such, it is good to consume food that is rich in antioxidants, even fatty fish as it provides you with the anti-inflammatory omega 3s your body needs. Probiotics found in yogurt is also very helpful in this case too. 

In order to maintain your skin’s hydration level is the very essence of healthy-looking skin. Other than drinking water you can fill your diet with water-rich foods such as cucumbers and watermelons which can help to maintain your complexion’s homeostasis. 

However, it is also good to note that this varies between bodies as it ultimately depends on your own personal genetic make-up.

Conclusion

All in all, if you find yourself breaking out, the first thing to remember is to not touch the area. Use the necessary products or visit a dermatologist if necessary. In order to avoid or prevent breakouts, be sure to wash your face every day and eat the right type of foods. As they say, your face reflects how healthy you are based on what you consume!

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