Hope you had a great weekend!! Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet?
Today I’m going to be talking about ACNE, no one likes getting acne, but we all want to know what causes it and how to get rid of it when it rears it’s ugly head. So keep reading to find out What Your Acne Is Telling You…
What Your Acne Is Telling You…
Forehead // Acne on the forehead is caused by dehydration so the obvious thing to do is make sure you drink more water. Acne in this area can pop up after you’ve been outside doing things all day and didn’t drink enough water. Take the next few days to drink a bunch of water and those should start to go away. Also if you have bangs the hair products you use could be irritating that skin as well.
Nose // Acne on the nose is caused by enlarged pores, especially if you have oily skin. Oil and makeup get in your pores making the pores appear much larger than they normally should thus leading to breakouts. Make sure you are exfoliating your face at least a couple times a week. My favorite face scrub is St. Ives Apricot Scrub,
Cheeks // Acne or tiny bumps on the cheeks can be caused by allergies. If you’ve just started using a new foundation, or cleanser and you are getting little bumps on your cheeks chances are, you are allergic to that product so you might want to stop using it. But these bumps don’t just occur from topical products applied to the face, also from things you eat. If you are allergic to gluten things it may show on your face. Pay attention to your skin when you start using new products or eating new foods. If you notice those bumps cut out those new things and it should help.
Cheek acne can also be caused by your cell phone… just think about it, you talk on the phone and oil and makeup gets all over your phone, and if you don’t clean it, the next time you talk on the phone you are putting that back on your face and this can cause breakouts along your cheekbone.
Mouth and Chin // Any acne around the mouth and chin area is a result of hormones. If you are always getting breakouts there you may have some kind of hormonal imbalance. But if you just get these around that time of the month that is completely normal, I mean your hormones are at an all time high then. Using topical treatments helps get rid of these types of breakouts the most.
How to Treat Acne:
Benzoyl Peroxide // What this does is it basically dries out the breakout which in turn makes it go away faster. It also has a high cell turnover rate so it completely heals the breakout and causes new skin to form in that place. This can be drying so if you are going to use BP don’t have it in every product you use on your face, you will regret that. I only have one product with BP and it is a topical acne spot treatment. Look for 2% BP on the back of products. My favorite BP product
Salicylic Acid // This is found in many acne treatments or face washes. What it does is once applied to the skin it goes deep into the pores or into that breakout and cleans out the dead skin and bacteria…it has a tough job right? When looking for products with this in it, make sure to look on the back because for it to be effective you will need at least 2% Salicylic Acid. Buy here… Yes To Tomatoes
Retinol and Retin-A // Retinol is prescribed by a Doctor or Dermatologist and Retin-A is something you can get over-the-counter. These products really slough off the dead skin causing cell turnover. You will find some peeling of the skin with these products, especially Retinol since it is a much stronger dosage. Just make sure you are keeping your face hydrated when using these products. These are also great for aging skin as well. Buy here… ROC
Sulfuric Acid // This is really drying and is only meant to be used on the acne spot itself, not all over the face. My favorite Sulfuric Acid product is Mario Badescu’s drying lotion…I kid you not you can put this on your breakout at night, and go to bed and it is either gone completely or significantly smaller than it was.
If you are struggling with acne try some of the things listed above, it might work wonders on your skin or it might not. Usually your skin will respond well to one of the ingredients, not all of them will work for you. Benzoyl Peroxide works best for my skin, and really takes care of any breakout I have. Your skin is different so you may have to try them all until you find exactly what works. Remember teenagers aren’t the only ones who get acne, many adults still struggle with it. But now you know what works best!
I hope this was able to help you with determining what is causing your acne and how you can treat it.
What is your go to acne treatment?