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 stepping out in the light of day?
Seems like a good plan but no. Don’t lose hope.
The Psychological Effects of Acne
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 Most People Think About Acne
People think that their skin is dirty that's why they get acne. They have the notion that they are not cleansing enough that's why these blemishes crop up. They think, to get rid of acne, they must have squeaky clean skin. Their skincare goal is to be dirt-free.
They invest in cleansing brushes, silicone scrubbers, skin-stripping facial cleansers, and rotary brushes in the hopes that they get clean-enough skin. They do not realize that they are making the situation worse.
Although there is some satisfaction to a good cleanse (every so often), these brushes and stripping cleansers may be too harsh on the skin.
The hard bristles on rotary brushes may cause micro-tears in the skin. Plus, they can harbor bacteria in the long run, especially if you leave it on your bathroom counter.
So, if not dirt, what’s causing these blemishes from partying and multiplying on 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 on our skin and in the right conditions, won’t pose a health risk to us.
The problem comes when you have a break in your skin barrier such as an open pore or cut in the skin. Opportunistic bacteria will enter your skin, invade a pore, and infect it.
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.
So, 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?
Find below our 6 recommendations to kick acne for good.