Acne develops when there is an overproduction of oil in the skin. That oil mixes with bacteria within the pores and blocks the pore openings. Acne is no stranger to any skin color. However, it affects those with melanin-rich skin differently because once a blemish clears, it's likely to leave behind dark spots known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Solution: Treat acne with the use of gentle ingredients that target acne-prone skin. We believe that skincare should be one step in your healthy, self-care regimen. The second step is to support your skin from within. Hydrating with water and good food intake plays a major role in with breakouts.
Faced with shiny face syndrome? Or perhaps enlarged pores? Oily skin is the overproduction of sebum (skin oil). Women of color are most often affected with oily skin due to larger sebaceous (oil) glands. Resulting with an oily or shiny appearance.
Problem: Oily Skin | Large Pores
Solution: It is thought that with oily skin, one should cleanse vigorously and moisturize as less as possible. Although, it is the total opposite. A gentle cleanser that is designed to remove excess oil, without creating irritation or strips the skin of it's natural oils. Use a moisturizer to lock-in moisture.
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What is the cause of acne?
Acne is primarily caused by factors such as excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, and inflammation. Hormonal changes, gut health, certain medications, and genetics can also contribute.
How do I know what type of acne I have?
There are various acne conditions that can be identified with certain characteristics:
- Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
- Blackheads (open plugged pores)
- Small red, tender bumps (papules)
- Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
- Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (nodules)
- Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions)
Identifying the type of acne you have helps with properly treating your acne.
Are there things that can trigger or worsen my acne?
- Hormonal changes can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum.
- Stress, althought it does not cause acne it can worsen the current state.
I've been told that eating chocolate can cause acne.
There are tons of myths swirling around regarding acne. Here are a few you should avoid following as they have little to no effect on acne:
- Chocolate and greasy foods.
- Hygiene. Acne isn't caused by dirty skin. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse.
- Cosmetics don't typically worsen acne. Most especially if you use oil-free makeup that doesn't clog pores (noncomedogenics) and remove makeup daily.
What can I do to treat my acne?
Quite often, treating acne at home works as a viable option with evaluating the root cause such as your gut health and wellness. With proper adjustments, topical treatment and consistency your efforts to clearing acne can prove to be advantageous. It is recommended to consult with an esthetician if you find that your at home methods aren't working.