This is a complaint made by women and men, across all ages, globally. It is a complaint that unites us all. But why have I got pimples? And what can I do to make them go away? Unfortunately, breakouts happen. In fact, acne is the most common skin condition in the US affecting up to 5 million Americans annually.
Typically, acne begins in puberty and affects many adolescents and young adults, but can affect people of all ages. At least 85 percent of people experience acne between the ages of 12 and 24, making it the most common health concern amongst this age group.
So what actually is acne?
Human skin has pores that connect to oil glands under the skin, which connect to follicles that contain little hairs. The glands produce and secrete an oily liquid called sebum. Sebums job is to carry the dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin.
Sometimes, the skin cells, sebum and hair combine together to create a plug which causes the follicles to get blocked and infected with bacteria. This causes the oil to build up under the skin’s surface and pimples start to develop.
So essentially, acne is the result of clogged pores infected with bacteria. This bacteria can come from external pollutants in the air, touching your face with unclean hands, unwashed bed sheets, greasy hair touching the face and so much more.
So what can you do?
Try to make sure your pores never get clogged by maintaining a thorough skincare routine, avoid touching your face and clean your bed sheets regularly.
An ideal skincare routine for acne-prone skin involves the double cleansing method, toner, moisturiser and in more serious cases an acne treatment like benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil.
Look for ingredients like salicylic acid and azelaic acid that assist the breakdown of blackheads and whiteheads and reduces further bacterial growth. Also look for products that contain anti-inflammatory products like vitamin E and grapeseed oil that are non-comedogenic, meaning they don’t block the pores but help to calm redness and inflammation.
A key step of your skincare routine for acne-prone skin needs to involve a good moisturiser. This may seem counteractive, particularly if you have naturally oily skin which is very common for acne sufferers. However, a good moisturiser will manage sebum production naturally, which will hydrate your skin rather than clogging your pores from the excess sebum.
Beauty of Action have created a rejuvenating daytime skin barrier which has various properties to help your skin block the external pollutants and bacteria from entering your skin as well as helping to properly nourish and hydrate your skin.
The non-oily, non-greasy, dermal ‘shield’ that is packed with nutrients helps to keep pores clear from bacteria build up and manages sebum production to decrease breakouts and acne.
So if you suffer with the occasional breakout or cystic acne, you need to invest in your skincare routine to help to keep your skin free from bacteria.