Wondering why it is tough to take care of acne-prone skin?
First, we need to know why acne-prone skin is “prone” to acne.
Why Acne-Prone Skin cause Acne?
Let me break down to you simply on why you get acne at the first place. Acne commonly occurs during puberty, when the sebaceous glands in your skin activated.
The glands then proceed to produce extra oily liquid; this is what we called sebum that carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin.
Acne grows when these follicles get blocked and oil builds up under the skin. That is the reason why you have acne prone skin.
Now for the types of acne and the treatments.
This is what you are here for right?
There is two types of acne.
The non-inflammatory, that caused no redness and pain on your skin and inflammatory acne, that caused you not to only have irritated, red bump on your skin, but irritating and annoying feelings too.
That might be the cause to touching and picking the acne that will lead to dark scarring.
We will get to that later. But for now, let’s clear the mess in your skin first.
Whiteheads and blackheads are the types of non-inflammatory acne that are listed as the least severe forms of acne. These types of blemishes do not cause pain and swelling.
Whitehead is a tiny bumps with white spot in the middle that caused by blockage in the pores.
While blackheads are actually an open and widened whiteheads that are exposed to air and got darken up or oxideze
Many believe that blackhead‘s color caused by dirt. It actually the color of oxidized gunk and sebum that got trapped in your skin.
The treatment for it is pretty straightforward with over the counter face cleanser, moituriser, toners ad pore-strips. The ingredients that you are looking for is:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Tea tree oil
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Practicing home remedies and routine to reduce most minor to mild forms of non-inflammatory acne can help in the long term too. Such as:
- Eating a healthful balanced diet.
- Staying dehydrated.
- Avoid overwashing skin.
- Limit sun exposure.
Always wear sunscreen when outdoors. But for some who have a severe case of whitehead and blackhead, you have no choice to treat it through a doctor or dermatologist.
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The treatment they offer is blackhead and whitehead extraction. Depending on the severity of your problem area, they might use non-painful extraction using needle and knife instead.
It’s not easy eh to take care of acne-prone skin eh?
Yes, it is not but you can do it!
Inflammatory acne is more severe than non-inflammatory acne, and this type is more likely to cause complications.
Even small acne lesion and cause trauma to the skin, thus pitting and raised skin, that looks like small craters, can occur on the face or body area, that will result in low self-confidence and insecurity.
Types of inflammatory acne are:
- Papules and pustules
Papules form as a tender, pink and painful raised bump under the skin surface. It has no visible centre and developed when whitehead or blackhead cause too much irritation that they damaged some of the skin surrounding them.
While pustules is the most common pimple that most of everyone experienced, they are still not the favorite either.
They are ripen papules, which is larger, and much more painful. They are filled with white or yellow pus.
Believe me, this is not the disgusting part yet.
The way you treat the acne is by drying the acne so that the skin surround the acne will flake and soon, fall off along with the acne
The ingredients that you should be looking for is:
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Salicylic acid
- Tea tree oil
Nodules and Cyst
Nodules and cyst fall under the most severe acne. Nodules are hard, painful, inflamed lumps located deep under the skin. It looks like papules but larger, with no center or whitehead to be pop.
Wondering how you got them?
Acne lesion like this develops, when clogged pores, damage tissues and cells reside deep beneath the skin’s surface.
Let’s talk about the juicier stuff, literally.
Cyst is a very large, soft, painful red or white bumps situated deep in the skin that is filled with white pus. Cyst form deeper within the skin than nodules.
This might sound disappointing for most of you that suffer from nodules and cyst, but you cannot treat this type of acne at home, and require care from a dermatologist or a doctor.
This is when it got a little intimidating. List of the treatments depending on the severity of the acne itself is:
- Antibiotics prescription
- Topical corticosteroid
- Oral contraceptives for hormonal related acne
- Steroid injection
- Chemical peels
- Photodynamic therapy
- Drainage or extraction with needle and knife
- Laser treatment
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