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How To Manage Your Acne This Summer

Esthetics by P Brown

Depending on where you live, summer came quicker this year than usual.  Some of us were experiencing warmer temps during spring, and by the time summer came, we were almost ready for it to leave.  

Heat can be a factor when you have acne. If you’re one who sweats a lot during the warmer months, you’ll want to be conscious of the effects of the sweat on your acne. Sweat doesn’t cause acne, but sometimes people experience an increased buildup of bacteria that lays on the skin when they sweat.

7 Different Types Of Acne:

There are 7 different types of acne and two different classifications: Non-inflammatory Acne and Inflammatory Acne.

Non-inflammatory Acne (white-heads or black-heads):

  1. One of the simplest ones to treat. Try using a sulfur-based product unless you have Rosacea. Now, if you think or know that you have Rosacea, I will say – refrain from using sulfur-based products.

  2. May be treated with Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is amazing for darker pigmentation.

If you have non-inflammatory acne, quite honestly, you simply would benefit from a basic facial and some extractions. Usually with this type of acne – since it is non-inflammatory – it also means it’s not infectious. The black or white heads can be pulled up and your skin can be trained over time to shed regularly and push any bacteria out.

Inflammatory Acne

If you have cysts, populus, or thicker puss filled acne – that’s when you may need serious treatments (you may need a chemical peel).  It then depends on what type of acne you have:  bacterial acne, hormonal acne, or fungal acne.  These are all factors that affect your treatment.

The Appearance Of Acne

  1. For the teens, a lot of times, their acne will be bacterial or hormonal. Most of the time, hormonal bacteria looks (a lot like) “heat bumps.”

  2. For adults, acne will happen right along the jaw line, but for teens it will be all over and it will look like what my grandmother used to call a “heat rash.”

Simple Steps For Those With Acne

  1. Be Proactive – Get Your Hormones Tested.  

Prevention costs less than correction, so go get your hormones tested, regardless of your age.   If you have acne along your jaw as an adult or if you have what you think is a heat rash that you cannot get rid of, go get your hormones tested and make sure you request they test all 13 hormone levels.

2. Have A Culture Done.

If you schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, request they do a culture – have the dermatologist look at the acne and make sure what he/she is treating you for – is what you need.

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