One major acne treatment mistake is treating all types of acne with the same methods. But different types of acne require a different approach if you’re going to be successful in clearing up the skin.
Make sure read today’s post so that you’ll know the correct way to properly treat your breakouts.
In order for the information in this video to make sense, it’s important to make sure that you didn’t miss my last post which covers the difference between inflamed and non-inflamed acne and shows you how to know which type you have.
It’s important to first identify your acne type before you starting treating your skin, so make sure to read my previous post first.
How to Treat: Inflamed Acne
With inflamed acne you should know that these pimples will heal on their own if you give them enough time, however new ones always seem to pop up just as the previous ones start to heal up.
With the right products you not only speed up the healing time for these pimples, but more importantly prevent new ones from forming.
BEST ACNE PRODUCTS FOR INFLAMED ACNE
A product routine for inflamed acne should focus on exfoliation, anti-inflammatory action, and anti-bacterial action. Each of these are equally important to combating inflamed acne.
Exfoliation will unclog the current buildup of dead skin cells and oil, as well as prevent future clogging from taking place. Exfoliation is crucial to clear skin because those of us that are acne prone create up to 5 layers of dead skin cells per day, while those that aren’t acne prone typically create 1 layer of dead skin cells.
When the pores are clogged, this creates an anaerobic environment, or environment absent of oxygen, which is exactly what the inflamed acne causing bacteria loves. So it’s important to prevent this clog from taking place by continually keeping your skin exfoliated.
Anti-inflammatory action will bring down pain and swelling from inflamed acne lesions and just generally heal them up much faster. Anti-inflammatory action is also important when trying to minimize post inflammatory hyperpigmentation because the less inflamed your pimples get, the lighter these marks will become.
Anti-bacterial action will help to keep the special p. acnes bacteria that is responsible for inflammation in check. It will ensure that it doesn’t get out of hand from the beginning.
At Luminosity Acne Skincare we have products that tackle every need for inflamed acne to help heal it up quicker, but more importantly prevent it from re-occurring.
Some of our favorite go-to ingredients are Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide and extracts such as Green Tea and Chamomile.
If you’re new to our products, I recommend you start with our Breakup with Cystic Breakouts Kit. Besides clearing up acne, our products also eliminate hyperpigmentation which is the leftover dark marks after a pimple has healed.
ONE FACTOR THAT CONTRIBUTES TO WORSE INFLAMED ACNE
Once you’ve selected acne products with ingredients that have the right properties to fight inflamed acne, you’ll need to make sure that you stay away from anything that creates friction on the skin, including rubbing or scrubbing.
This means no scrub cleansers! Always select a gentle cleanser without any beads or scrubbing particles. Furthermore you should absolutely avoid rotary skin brushes, washcloths, cleansing clothes or makeup remove wipes.
Friction or scrubbing of the skin can create more inflammation which means your breakouts will become larger, more swollen and more painful. Also for those with a darker skin tone, you may hyperpigment your skin in splotches.
Fighting the urge to scrub away pimples and cysts may be hard, but it’s in your skin’s best interest. Trust me! You’ll only be doing more harm than good.
BEST PROFESSIONAL ACNE TREATMENT FOR INFLAMED ACNE
If you wish to take things a step further and combine your at-home acne product use with professional treatments then I recommend seeing an esthetician for a series of chemical peels.
Chemical peels are best suited for the needs of inflamed acne. At our office we use peels that have ingredients that tackle both the acne and hyperpigmentation at the exact same time so that both conditions can be resolved.
Because microdermabrasion is abrasive so it creates too much friction on the skin therefor which will lead to more inflammation so I would stay away from this treatment for inflamed acne.
How to Treat: Non-inflamed Acne
Unlike inflamed lesions, non-inflamed lesions such as blackheads and closed comedones typically do not heal up on their own if you wait it out. The skin just continues to accumulate more and more of these lesions.
BEST ACNE PRODUCTS FOR NON-INFLAMED ACNE (BLACKHEADS AND CLOSED COMEDONES)
The best product routines for non-inflamed acne need to be hyper-focused on exfoliation. That’s because non-inflamed acne is mainly a buildup inside of the pores of dead skin cells and oil.
There is some bacteria present but it’s not a main component like with inflamed acne so the focus should be on exfoliation.
Exfoliation will unclog the current buildup of dead skin cells and oil, as well as prevent future clogging from taking place.
I recommend exfoliation through the use of scrub cleansers, Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Benzoyl Peroxide.
You may be surprised I mentioned benzoyl peroxide when talking about exfoliation, but a little known fact about it is that it has the ability to peel or exfoliate the dead skin cells that cling to the inner lining of the pore wall. I cover this ability in more detail in my previous blog post titled, Benzoyl Peroxide Mistakes.
Although I do recommend scrub cleansers for non-inflamed acne, I still want to caution you to stay away from the other things that will create friction on the skin such as rotary skin brushes, washcloths, cleansing wipes and makeup remover wipes.
That’s because if you combine these with the scrub cleanser then you may be over scrubbing or rubbing the skin which can lead to sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, and may even create some inflammation which can turn that small manageable blackhead into a painful, large and red inflamed pustule.
BEST PROFESSIONAL ACNE TREATMENT FOR NON-INFLAMED ACNE
I recommend that if you have non-inflamed acne that you schedule a series of chemical peels or microdermabrasion sessions with an esthetician that is experienced in treating non-inflamed acne. That’s because in most cases, homecare products alone cannot clear up or prevent non-inflamed acne. They are far too stubborn and impacted in the pores.
Non-inflamed lesions need to be properly extracted out or else they continue to just sit in the pores and accumulate more and more as time goes by. This results in a bumpy texture to the skin.
Proper extraction of non-inflamed acne includes prepping the skin with a series of chemical peels or microdermabrasion. These treatments help to loosen the clog inside of the pore so that they can be extracted easier and with less force.
HOW TO TREAT COMBINATION ACNE
Now what if you have combination acne which is both inflamed and non-inflamed?
The best thing to do is to treat the inflamed acne first since it is more painful and needs less friction inducing methods. Once the inflamed lesions are under control, then switch gears to the non-inflamed acne. You can add in a scrub cleanser and get your pores professionally peeled and extracted.
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