Best Acne Treatment
I’m going to be talking about probably one of the smallest but most frustrating things of all the little feisty friends we call pimples, and I'm struggling through it right now. I had my first breakout, and I now understand your oily acne prone skin types. this is something that I think a lot of us can relate to because although they are quite small, they have such a huge impact and hit deeper than just our skin surface.
Struggling with pimples and acne can really affect our self-esteem and confidence. No matter what your age is, and they can pop up because of completely different reasons for different people. There's even more added frustration which then causes more breakouts. Why? You're not going through this alone trust me and the more we learn about why these little bugger’s flare-up in the first place the more confidence we can truly gain by knowing exactly how to properly treat them from the inside out.
Each specific acne product does, include the hydrocolloid patches, those pretty-pink drying lotions, the ointments, and acne creams and most importantly, how and when to use these in our skincare routines. Let’s talk about some ingredients, these are the most popular acne ingredients zinc, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and even retinoids can help with breakouts and acne.
Now, let's get into some reasons on how acne forms in the first place. It's probably safe to say even the most blessed and flawless-looking skin people have encountered the terror of a pimple at least once in their lives. But how exactly does a pimple form and what is really going on under the skin when they rear their ugly, little heads. The skin has hundreds of tiny little holes called pores. The hair follicle going from deep inside is the part that helps to nourish the hair follicle to grow, is the sebaceous gland which produces a sticky substance called sebum. Every day, the sebum makes its way to the surface (and) traveling up the hair follicle towards the surface of the skin.
While this is all happening in our skin it also constantly shutting off dead skin cells that have lived their best life and are now moving on to the next phase of their life to become dust. Because around 50% of the dust, we both see and don't see is made up of dead skin cells I know that's kind of creepy. This concoction of natural oils is a high functioning wet suit that's not only holding all our organs and cells together, it's naturally waterproofed and designed to protect and keep us alive and healthy and this is why there are dry skin people and oily skin people and people that fall everywhere in between.
Everyone can get acne but what acne comes down to internally is all inflammation and skin turnover. There's also inflammation inside our bodies that can create acne from inside, like hormones, foods that we eat, lack of sleep, and so on. which are directly linked to producing inflammation internally.
When our body senses that there's bacteria, known as P. Acnes, living in the hair follicle, as well as the trapped dead skin cells in the pores, what our bodies will naturally do is send out white blood cells to fight the within the pores. This finally becomes a pimple that we all know has filled. So, if you think about it, a pimple can sort of be considered a good thing, because it's just your body fighting off the intruders that could potentially harm it.
This is all happening on the surface of our skin. but what happens on the inside that leads to acne formation are the ever-changing waves of hormones. and when hormones fluctuate it can signal to the sebaceous glands to create more sebum, and therefore increasing the chance of dead skins getting stuck into the pores, causing breakouts. and One of the most important and underrated reasons for breakouts and acne is related to the food we eat. Because different foods cause inflammation in the bodies, which of course affects everyone differently.
Fried foods, dairy, sugar create a whirl wind of reactions inside. and It really does make us inflamed. Now that we know what's going on inside and outside our bodies, let's talk about two main types of acne we commonly deal with. First up, any sort of breakout of acne can be divided into two groups noninflammatory and inflammatory. Noninflammatory types of acne referred to whiteheads and blackhead so what's the difference between a white head and a black head? White heads appear on the skin like small, whitish or even flesh colored spots and bumps and they're kind of circular, while the skin around it is a little bit wrinkled and red or tight. It's also formed with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria which becomes trapped in your pores. It's also usually quite small and easily punctured, on a scale of pain, it's like a one or two.
I sometimes don't even notice it's there until I look in the mirror and get slightly horrified, sometimes you think you're looking cute and then you see a reflection, and you're like, “AHHH!” important thing to note is that they're also closed meaning they're not exposed to air. Blackheads on the other hand, are open, which means unlike whiteheads, they're an opening at the top which then oxidized with sebum that fills our pores, and When this happens, it will make this sebum appear black like when you leave fruit out on the table.
It turns dark, this isn't because of dirt stuck in the pore, making it dark-colored. It's air. Unlike noninflammatory acne, inflammatory acne becomes a little more complicated if you have things like papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. We're looking at something that is generally a little swollen and red–sometimes even itchy and these are the ones that can cause more permanent scarring or pitting on your skin if we were to pick at it.
A papule and pustule are the ones we normally think of when we say the word ‘acne or ‘breakouts'. Papules are usually like a larger white head. They're tender bumps with redness and swelling around the center caused by inflammation. It's just getting bigger and bigger. More pus and more pus. It's usually a raised area that's spreading and the inside can look like a sunny side up egg.
Most pimple products out there are designed to help with these three forms of acne–whiteheads, papules, and pustules. Anything more than that products really aren't going to do much. Which brings us to the more severe forms of acne including nodules and cysts.
Nodules can look like flesh colored lumps that are hard and painful if you touch it, and they can also have red inflammation surrounding the area as well. and this is because the root and the inflammation extend way deeper into the skin than a papule, which is why it's so painful. and If any of you have had this, you'll know what we mean. It's like firm. Even if you wanted to squeeze something out, there might not be anything there to squeeze. It could be blood and it's just straight-up painful. And then there's cysts which are in a complete league of its own because it's formed so deep in the lays of skin.
They have a membrane that lines the inner surface like a womb, so It feeds itself and in order to really remove a cyst, you have to cut into it and then remove that lining and take it out from its root. Cysts can also be there for years. and they develop and develop, so by the time you get it out by a professional, like Dr. Pimple Popper, it can even smell rank. So, see a specialist for this, and I'm sure if you are fighting things like cysts, it's not about the surface. It’s about your body, your hormones, and that's something completely different
Let's start off with the drying lotion spot treatment. (You've) probably seen these little bottles around somewhere. It's essentially a tiny glass bottle filled with clear liquid, with the pink chalky sediment at the bottom and warning you're not supposed to shake it. A lot of brands now make these from Mario Badescu to Kate Somerville to even k-beauty brands like the Etude House, which is the very first one I got. It was part of a kit. So how do they work? The secret is in the sediment. It usually contains either zinc oxide, calamine sulfur, or mixture of all three within the pink sediment. The combination of these ingredients mainly causes the pus in the white head to dry out.
Then there's sulfur. Sulfur helps in the drying process by absorbing excess sebum, which then dries out dead skin cells in the pus and loosens up the keratin plug clogging your pores. Therefore, you'll also see sulfur in a lot of acne products. Okay how do you use this? Do not shake it. It's designed so that the liquid alcohol and water coats the pink powder sediment as you're taking it out of the bottle. You just want to dip it in a cotton swab or q-tip, and then just apply it everywhere there's a breakouts, and this should be used as your last step after cleansing, toning, serum, and moisturizer in your night time routine.
I mean you could theoretically use it throughout the day it really does help to speed up the healing process of a pimple for some people it may cause some sort of dryness around that area, but I haven't really experienced anything too crazy in terms of drying. You might feel a slight sting especially if your pimples being popped or it's opened, but that sensation just phase away after a couple of seconds.
Alright moving on to pimple stickers these little guys have blasted their way into the doors of skincare lately and these stickers or patches are also known as hydrocolloid bandages, and they work by helping observe all the gunk pus and oil within pimples. They're made with a gel forming agent like pectin or gelatin and this helps to protect our skin and the pimple against bacteria from the environments even sun's rays, like UV rays. At the same time, (they're) drawing out all those nasties from our whiteheads and pustules.
It helps control the urges to touch or pop that pimple which makes the healing process much quicker. Another interesting thing is we found an experiment conducted on these little patches and the results showed that the group that used the hydrocolloid bandages saw improvements in redness, oiliness, and dark pigmentation after about three to seven days
There are now stickers that have little micro needles in them that punctures just the very surface of the skin to inject some ingredients into the inflamed area. and It sounds a little scary, but don't worry. You don't really feel pain; it's just like a little prick against the skin. Normally the micro needles are thinner than a 1/3 of the width of your hair. The microneedle stickers and some of the normal ones often contain either salicylic acid or tea tree leaf oil, as well as soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and or niacinamide, to heal the skin while sucking all the nasties from the breakout.
The avarelle one is designed with salicylic acid, as well as things like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Although they're a little bit more expensive. When you wake up after you've washed your face you want to just pop it on depending on what type of serum you use, it might be okay (to put the patch on afterwards). But not (after the moisturizer) or you moisturize, it's going to slip off.
There are also gels and creams that can be applied over certain areas in similar ways. So, let's get down into the most popular acne fighting ingredients that you can find in these gel treatments, and the more natural ingredients to tackle inflammation, BHA or salicylic acid, your dearest friend.
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and you'll find these in most acne products because it is oil soluble, which just means it can sink deeper into the pores and help to decongest the sebum because sebum is oil and dead skin cells and bacteria that's all festering inside. This means it's a great ingredient for dealing with things like blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules.
Normally you find the 2% in your cleanses and spot treatments, but when it's and things like toners and serums, they're typically a little bit less because it's applied all over the face and you don't want it that strong. Like the Cosrx Power Liquid, the black labelled one, or the turquoise one that also has BHA, but that's got like 0. 1 to 0. 5% salicylic acid. This is the little 9% If you try it, it's like oily it's not what you would expect.
This is surprisingly very gentle and the next day you'll see that it's significantly gone down because it just helps to break a pot or the like sebum. Normally, I will only use it three days in a row at most because then you'll start to see it flake a little. Because it is potent, but it's very effective. If you're not into spot treatment, you can also try their 2% BHA toner. Sephora also came out with their Clear Skin Days. and this is all for acne, oily skin, and this has hyaluronic acid as well as BHA.
Neogen it's kind of like the Bliss exfoliating pads. You use it as a turn-up swipe it all over the face it's also got soothing ingredients like the camellia green tea, tea tree leaf oil which we'll talk about later evening primrose and all of these are great for calming and soothing we know some of you guys don't react well with salicylic acid, so there is an almost natural form of it which is willow bark it is a related substance and it's called salicin and it works in a similar way to help reduce inflammation redness and having that antimicrobial quality and you'll see this in many products like Bliss and even Renand it can really work wonders for those of you who have more sensitive skin who can't handle the BHA and because it is gentler it will work a lot better for dry Acne-prone.
Next is retinols and retinoids retinol and retinoids can help to decrease the sebum production within the pores and at the same time it resurfaces the very surface layer of our skin to speed up that cell turnover to make sure your skin is going through the right process so it's able to work on the surface as well as deep in the pores and target where the acne begins and you might have heard that retinols and retinoids can thin that top layer of skin and it is kind of true because it's helping to shed the top layer of the stratum corneum, which is what gets stuck right, but it's also simultaneously thickening the dermis layer and that's what makes vitamin A or retinoid so effective.
CeraVe skin renewing cream and it's got the micro encapsulated retinol and that just helps with a slower delivery of it throughout the night It's slowly tiny early release. This is like the bougie version. It's Obagi retinol this has 0. 5%and it's formulated with a lot of soothing ingredients one that we want to mention as well as the different gel which has 0. 1 adapalene in it which is a retinoid. It's also one of those that recently could be an over the counter it was formerly only prescription.
Moving on to benzoyl peroxide this is another common ingredient in acne treatments and for good reason too benzoyl peroxide works by killing the acne causing bacteria in the pores it only comes in a 2. 5 percent 5% and 10% concentration and are normally used by those suffering from the more moderate to severe types because it is that strong but this can come with a lot of side effects like healing flaking, redness, and irritation and burning when it comes to this I think it's best to consult with a dermatologist or just a doctor. La Roche-Posay has a dual acne spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide.
Now going on to the more natural ones that you'll also see formulated these ingredients work to soothe and calm inflammation disinfect and kill off acne causing bacteria as well as regulate the sebum production levels in the skin in a more gentle way. The previous are more like the first tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial Anti-inflammatory ingredient and if you're looking for it in the ingredients list, it might be under the name Melaleuca alternifolia Leaf oil, we don't recommend you use it straight out of those little concentrated bottles because this can trigger sensitivities on your skin, so if you are buying a straight up tea tree essential oil always dilute it with either water or a carrier oil like jojoba, rosehip before you apply it and dab it onto your face.
Centella asiatica if you're into k-beauty, which we know all of you are, then you've probably seen the ingredient centella asiatica It is also labeled as Cica or tiger grass and the reason that it's in a lot of Asian skincare is because the centella herb mainly grows in Asia and similar to the uses of turmeric has had many Ingestible and medicinal uses and now it's spread to the west where even brands like Olay and Estee Lauder also, including it in the formulation of their products. I swear by this Cosrx blemish balm also the entire range of the Purido centella which is the one who wanted to make an entrance before it was due, but this has like serum Turner Sunscreen also has the moisturizer and eye cream.
Next is witch hazel which is in a lot of acne prone and oily skin products this ingredient I have a love-hate relationship with, but here's the catch it's used in products for oily skin people because of the astringent qualities, right? Which means it can strip the skin of its natural oils because it's trying to balance it out so can witch hazel make your acne skin busts Unfortunately. I overused it and broke out which also happen to you guys. It's kind of a common thing and I think maybe it's just because we all overuse it. It wonders for some people, but I would say use it in moderation.