This page has everything you need to know about how to get rid of acne.
Like most things in skin care, the best acne treatment differs from person to person.
Why? Because the causes of acne are individual based on your body (genetics, allergies/intolerances, environment, lifestyle, etc.)...
However - this can be a good thing!
Just because one person's acne cleared with a particular product and yours didn't does not mean you won't get success with something else.
HERE IS HOW TO GET RID OF ACNE:
1) Understand the different "types" of acne and the fundamental causes - this clues you in to what may be the contributing factors to your condition. This takes away the mystery and puts you in control.
2) Follow the steps on this page to find your best acne treatment - there is a step by step guide, best products, home remedies, quick tips and more!
The "common" type of acne that is related to the bacteria on the surface of skin (Propionibacterium acnes), sebaceous activity, inflammation and skin cell turnover (ref: Medscape).
This is the condition antibiotics are normally prescribed for - which can be successful at treating it. No luck with antibiotics may be due to the underlying cause of your acne not being the bacteria.
Cystic acne is a form of acne vulgaris that has a large amount of inflammation. This manifests in deep, painful pus filled cysts.
Severe cystic acne should be treated by a dermatologist/doctor. Please see yours if you are concerned.
Deeper cysts are common along the jawline - especially around the menstrual cycle in women.
This can be really frustrating as your skin may be clear one week then erupt the next!
It is what causes this (the imbalance in sebum, dead skin cells, and inflammation) that we need to deal with.
HORMONES: "Hormones are your body's chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes." - Medline
The above quote highlights the direct relationship hormones have with our largest organ, our skin.
Some factors that disrupt our body's natural equilibrium (hormonal balance):
If you've tried everything to treat your acne, this could be it.
For example, Estee Lauder has some great moisturizers - however for a lot of people they are too rich and cause some serious breakouts.
Simply switching to a different product can clear up your acne in a week or two!
This is a sneaky and very important cause, as it will override everything else! You can have the best exfoliation, cleansing, diet, etc... and STILL suffer from breakouts if they are caused by a moisturizer, serum, or foundation.
So think about what you are using and if you have a suspect - stop using it for at least a week and see if there is a difference.
See how to avoid the acne cycle below.
STEP 1: KEEP A SKIN JOURNAL/DIARY
1) Your daily diet (this can be surprising once it's on paper!)
2) Sleep patterns, tiredness, energy levels
3) Your skin - new breakouts you notice and how long they last. Excess oiliness or dryness etc.
4) Anything you think is significant (alcohol, a stressful time, change in environment etc)
After a month you will definitely see patterns and these become invaluable clues of your adult acne causes.
1. Daily products and acne skin care routine
2. Weekly Acne Treatments
3. Internal - sleep, water, diet, supplements
4. Other factors and tips
5. Call in the doctor
Loading up on fruit and vegetables is great, but to really see the difference can take a long time and it tends be gradual.
IMPORTANT - Just increasing vegetables and improving your diet may not be enough if your digestive system isn't working optimally.
A sluggish system can't eliminate waste or absorb nutrients effectively, so any healthy changes to your diet won't affect you as well as they should.
It's kinda of like putting new, high performance oil in your car without changing the old oil out first.
A 3 day juice cleanse will serve as a 'kick start' that will clear out your system and give you a good boost.
After doing a cleanse/detox, notice any changes to your skin once you start eating certain foods again. If you can, it's a good idea to introduce them one at a time.
For example, the first couple of days you might reintroduce dairy. If you notice your breakouts suddenly becoming worse, that's a good indication dairy is affecting your skin, and you may need to look at limiting your intake.
Here are the popular acne skin care products and ingredients.
Some definitely work better than others. The reasons why are detailed below along with specific product recommendations.
Getting this step right can go a long way to improving your skin!
Salicylic acid is a star acne product.
It can penetrate right into pores where it dissolves the oil and any blockages. It also has a slight antiseptic and drying effect on skin which makes it an excellent pimple and acne treatment.
Further - the exfoliation this BHA provides also helps brighten and smooth skin. It doesn't just treat acne, it actually helps improve your skin.
Benzoyl peroxide helps by drying up the oil on your skin.
It can help temporarily, however a lot of people find after several weeks of use their skin becomes worse.
This is likely due to the over-drying that occurs. Your skin becomes more unbalanced, and the acne condition can actually become worse.
Zinc oxide is an excellent skin protectant - that's why it's used for diaper rash!
It has the power to calm inflammation and redness, making it great for acne and inflamed skin.
Plus it needs to be soothing, easily absorbed and non greasy.
Phew! Is this asking too much?! Not at all. Read on for the best moisturizer for acne - one that can deliver all these benefits and more.
A mask provides an intense, strong, active treatment to give your skin a "boost".
While your day-to-day skin care should consist of exfoliation, the right moisturizer, and good protection, a mask can act as an important kick in your treatment regime.
Can be used as a spot treatment.