How to Treat Acne Appropriately
Does that non invited guest on your face need to be left alone, or can you harness the power of salicylic acid?
Yes, a pimple might not be ideal, but is not the end of the world. You may have a medicine cabinet full of products meant for this exact situation. But a stocked skincare arsenal is only helpful if you know how and when to use each product. Should you consult someone or can you (very safely of course!) clear out that sucker on your own? It all depends on the type of acne, so read on to decode what you’re dealing with so you know how to treat it.
When bacteria, dead skin cells, or excess sebum get trapped in a hair follicle, the result is comedonal acne in the form of bumpy skin or non-red, non-inflamed blemishes. The most common types are ones you’re probably already familiar with: whiteheads and blackheads. The root of both is the same, but the first one has a layer of skin over the follicle (closed comedone) whereas the second one is open (the “black” you see is when the contents of the clogged pore are exposed to air and oxidize). This type of acne is fairly harmless — in fact it’s often only noticeable to you (thanks, magnifying mirror) and rarely painful the way cystic acne can be.
You can detox your skin and slightly change the size of your pores, through diet (read our blog post Which Is Your Right Skin Food) and using adequate natural beauty products (including make up). Clean skin is the best start, use cleansing products that are not too astringent, so they don’t strip the moisture out of your skin like our Floral Cleanser. When the skin feels deprived from its moisture it counteracts by producing more oil, therefore bringing more pimples.
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