30% – 50% of adults still have acne breakouts. I am 38 years old and still get an occasional breakout. Almost always they appear during my period. A few ways I like to keep my breakouts to a minimum is by drinking a lot of water and making sure I wash my face twice a day.
Types of Acne:
There are 6 different types of acne.
- Whiteheads: These are a mild form of acne. These are clogged pores that look like flesh colored bumps.
- Blackheads: Clogged pores open to the air that have oxidized. These are not inflamed.
- Pustules: These are your zits. These are clogged pores with puss in them.
- Nodules: These are the hard, big, painful clogged pores that do not have puss in them.
- Cysts: These are big, inflamed clogged pores filled with puss.
- Papules: These are red and tender, with hard white bumps, but not filled with puss.
Causes of Acne:
There are so many reason’s that we get acne. Stress shows up on our foreheads. Our periods show up on our chins and jaw bone. Touching our face with dirty hands or a dirty phone tend to show up more on our cheeks. Did you know that getting hair products on your face can cause acne? That acne shows up on our temples and around our hairline. If you eat greasy foods, a zit can make its appearance around your lips. Let’s not forget about genetics too!
The one thing I find so interesting though, is that dry skin can also cause acne. Think about it; if you have a patch of dry skin on your face it’s clogging your pore. You want to make sure you exfoliate your skin at least 3 times a week with a non abrasive scrub. Oily skin is actually sitting on top of dry skin and you want to balance that at with a good hydration serum.
Step 1: Sulfur Wash
- Sulfur kills bacteria, penetrates to clear pores and reduce redness and irritation
- Cleanses, removes make-up
- Could use as a Mask
- Leave on for 30 Minutes for Black Heads
Step 2: Toner
- Spot Fading toner = dark marks and scarring, over age of 12 uses 2% Hydroquinone to lighten the marks
- Clarifying toner = under age of 12
- Calm and hydrate the skin
Step 3: Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment
- Penetrating gel seeps deep into the layers of skin where the bacteria grows
- Sticks in the cells to prevent more Acne from forming
- Dual Chamber Pump Technology allows the Benzoyl Peroxide to be more effective
- Could also pair with another Regimen and a Spot treatment for Acne
Step 4: Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen (Oil Control Lotion)
- 20 SPF (lower SPF= less greasy)
- Prevents Post Acne Marks
- Reduce Surface Oil
I know when I get a blemish the fist thing I want to do is cover it up until it goes away. But, applying make up over a pimple can actually make it worse. You want to make sure that you are using a very light weight make up that doesn’t clog your pores. You will also want to make sure if you use a make up brush it is clean and antibacterial. Our peptide powder and antibacterial brush are my favorites. They provide great coverage, super light weight so they don’t clog my pores and it has an SPF in it.