Acne isn't just a concern for teens. Anything from daily stress to hormonal fluctuations to basic genetics can cause a breakout, regardless of age or diet. The good news is a proper skincare regimen can go a long way in helping skin look healthy and blemish free.
Acne is caused when pores become blocked due to dirt, dead skin cells or excess oil. When this happens, trapped bacteria begins to multiply and skin becomes inflamed, causing a pimple.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acne
Does stress cause breakouts?
Yes. Stress causes a surge in hormones, which triggers a spike in oil production. In addition, stress has been shown to slow down the healing process. This creates the perfect environment for acne to thrive. You can break the cycle by making sure you are following a well-balanced lifestyle that includes plenty of rest and exercise.
Do I need a moisturizer if I have oily, acne-prone skin?
Yes. Even acne-prone skin can benefit from a daily moisturizer, especially if you are using prescription acne medications that can often dry the skin. In fact, dehydration can cause skin to produce even more oil. Just make sure the moisturizer you choose is specifically formulated for oily or acne-prone skin, such as Face Oasis™ Shine-Neutralizing Gel. These types of water-rich, oil-free moisturizers not only help to restore a healthy level of hydration in the skin, which can be disrupted by acne-fighting treatments, they can also help to reduce shine and inflammation at the same time.
Are red, inflamed breakouts always acne?
No. There are several temporary and recurring skin ailments that can be mistaken for acne. These include rosacea, eczema, perioral dermatitis, and razor bumps. Some of these can be soothed by over the counter creams, but more serious conditions require the attention of a doctor or dermatologist. Be sure to consult with your doctor if a breakout is severely itchy or unusually stubborn or painful.
What if I have an "acne emergency?"
Pimples always seem to show up when we least want them, before an important meeting or hours before a big date. The best course of action is to apply a fast-acting spot treatment, such as Anti-Acne Clarifying Spot Solution, and refrain from touching or picking at the inflamed area.
My skin is very dry, why am I still breaking out?
One of the key triggers of acne is dead skin cells clogging the pores. Dead skin cells are highly prevalent in dry skin. Regular, gentle exfoliation is the key to keeping dry skin healthy and blemish-free.
Cleanse your face morning and night with an oil-free cleanser, such as Anti-Acne Clarifying Face Wash. Do not be tempted to over-wash, as this can irritate inflamed pimples and stimulate oil production.
Applying a toner such as Anti-Acne Clarifying Toner to cleansed skin is particularly important for acne-prone complexions as it helps to deeply cleanse pores and preps skin to receive the maximum benefits of acne treatments.