I’ve been getting a lot of acne questions, so let’s talk. Acne affects about 80% of adolescents and young adults and in general there are 40-50 million Americans that have it.
Here are some basics:
All acne is not the same. There are 7 different types of acne and two different classifications: inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne.
If you have white heads or black heads, you have non-inflammatory acne. Non-inflammatory acne is one of the simplest ones to treat, try 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.
Non-inflammatory acne may also be treated with Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is amazing for darker pigmentation.
Now, if you have non-inflammatory acne, quite honestly, you simply need a basic facial and some extractions. Usually with that 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.
However, if you think that you may need a chemical peel, for example, if you have cysts, populus, or thicker puss filled acne – that’s when you may need serious treatments. 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.
For the teens, a lot of your acne will be either bacterial or hormonal. And hormonal bacteria looks like “heat bumps” most of the time. For adults, it’ll 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.”
If you have acne here are some simple steps you can take:
A. Be proactive – Get your hormones tested.
B. 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.
C. Oil Cleansers
In the past, we’ve talked about oil cleansers – if you are going to get on a Retinol, if you’re going to use Benzoyl Peroxide, or if you are going to use strong acids, then I suggest you do an oil cleanse before any of those actions. You will definitely want to hydrate your skin and feed your skin first so those products do not make your skin dry.
However, if you pop it and greenish, yellowish mucus comes out, then there’s an infection in there. Now, you’ll want to treat it like it’s an inflammatory pimple. If what is coming out is bacterial, you will want to contact your dermatologist or an aesthetician to be referred/prescribed an Antibiotic Cycle. Antibiotic cycles are short-term and we (professionals) can apply a chemical peel on it and peel it up because we will only be dealing with the surface and whatever infection is underneath, will remain underneath while it heals.
If you are prescribed an antibiotic cycle – please take ALL of your medicine. Follow that cycle all the way through, even when you begin to see it clearing up – finish the medicine, please. You terminating the medication too early could easily damage you body’s healing process, and that’s not what you want.
Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to handle issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram for upcoming classes.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you…