Updated January, 2020
Are you tired of having to battle acne over and over again? No matter what you do, they never seem to give up and never fail to occupy the littlest space or grow on top of each other?
It’s like whatever you do, your acne will always find a way to defeat you and leave you blemished forever. Are you ready to wave the white flag and accept defeat and crawl to the nearest hole and abandon mankind, never to step out in the light of day?
Seems like a good thing to do but no. Don’t lose hope.
The Psych Connection
Although not everyone suffers from acne, it is the eighth most prevalent disease worldwide. (1) According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 50 million Americans suffer from this skin affliction annually.
It may be a common thing, but having acne often causes psychological distress.
People, especially teenagers, who suffer from acne often are depressed and has poor self-esteem.
What you might already know…
We have that thinking that acne is caused by dirt that’s why we have to improve our skin cleansing technique to make sure that no dirt will cause a bump in our skin ever again. Investing in rotary brushes gives us that satisfaction that we can brush away the dirt and get squeaky-clean skin daily. We do not realize that it makes the situation worse because we are being too harsh on our skin and these rotary brushes can harbor bacteria in the long run.
So, if not dirt, what’s causing these blemishes from partying and multiplying in our skin?
It is true that pimples or acne is usually caused by P. acnes bacteria. It can be a result of Staph infections too but what we have to understand is that these bacteria are naturally present in our skin and in the right conditions, won’t pose a health risk to us.
The problem comes when you have an open pore or cut in the skin.
Mix that with dead skin cells, oil, and sebum and you have a trapped bacteria cooking inside the pore. It causes inflammation and alas, a new zit is born!
Our hormones also play a part in the acne equation because it can cause overproduction of oil on our skin. Teenagers are prone to having acne because hormone levels are high during adolescent stage. Women nearing their menstruation often develop what we often call as hormonal acne too.
No Retreat, No Surrender!
What is the best way to deal with acne? From countless options available to us nowadays, how do we know if we are on the right track?
Consult an expert
We do not mean your best friend but somebody who has knowledge in this subject like a dermatologist. They can assess your needs and offer you different strategies to best deal with your acne. You may also discuss with them if certain remedies or fixes you found online is worth to try or not.
Have the right mindset
Yes, there are millions of options and products to choose from and we have heard of great success stories from different people but we have to realize that each of us has different skin. What worked for your friend might not work for you but that should not get you down.
You might not have met the right product that can do wonders for your skin yet. Be patient and believe that there is something out there that will help you have a blemish-free skin.
Patience is a virtue
If trying out a new product, do not give up too quickly. Most acne experts believe that you will see a difference in your skin in about a month or two from trying out a new regimen. Don’t change products too soon without really giving it a chance to improve your skin. Patience my dear, patience.
Eat healthy to look healthy
Many people may not believe in the power of eating right but it does make a difference. If you binge on oily and sugary food, it will show in your skin. Aside from making you look tired, unhealthy eating can aggravate acne too. Cross off milk and dairy from your diet or go for Almond milk instead to prevent developing new acne.
Good skin care practice
Be gentle to your skin and avoid vigorous washing. Use a gentle facial cleanser once or twice a day. Avoid using toners or astringents that may be too harsh for your skin.
Also, if your hair is oily, wash it often to prevent it from clogging your pores and develop new breakouts.
Use non-comedogenic skin care products like sunscreens, moisturizers, and makeup to prevent congesting your pores and develop a new zit.
And whatever you do, do not pick your pimples! You might end up infecting it or worse, make a permanent scar that may take years (if not forever) to disappear.
Consider blue light therapy
If you want to stay away from antibiotics or harsh chemicals that leave a burning sensation on the skin, consider trying out blue light therapy. (2) Although it is meant for mild to moderate acne, it is a good way to control pesky bumps from partying on your skin.
We’d love to hear your suggestions for dealing with acne. Do you have any tips for controlling breakouts? Like us on Facebook and share with us your own journey to great looking skin!
Post updated for 2019.