Things You Never Knew About Acne

Helping you to improve your acne is our mission – we know it’s not just annoying, it can be a major confidence killer too. Acne myth number one: only teenagers get acne – this could not be more wrong, it’s almost as common in women of all ages as it is in teenagers. So, whether you’re 13 or 30, we’re here to get to the bottom of what’s causing your acne. 

Dairy could be making your acne worse

Dairy has been shown to make acne worse. It seems to be the milk proteins, not the milk fat, so switching to low fat doesn’t help. Sheep and goat milk doesn’t have the same effect as cow milk, so those are ok. Eating pizza and greasy food does not make you break out unless you rub the grease directly on your face.

Dehydration is making your skin oilier

Drinking plenty of water is essential, but drinking water alone will not get rid of your acne. Acne is caused by a culmination of factors which lead to overactive sebaceous glands and an increase in oil production and then pores become plugged by the oil, and finally, bacteria become trapped. When your skin is dehydrated, it produces more sebum to lubricate your skin, so it’s better to moisturize and nourish your skin with the right moisturizing formulas. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent hydrator, and although it’s not a direct acne treatment, it will help to control your skin’s oil production. It’s also perfect if you’re in your 20s or above as it can help to plump fine lines.

Not all acne is due to hormones

The blood hormone levels are nearly always normal, but it is still a hormonal effect. In cases where we also see hair loss on the scalp, excess hair growth on the face and body, irregular or very heavy periods and weight gain, that is a sign of possible polycystic ovarian syndrome and needs to be addressed. One of my favorite treatments for this is Spironolactone. It is not made for acne but it helps block the hormone receptors, and this helps dramatically reduce breakouts. It takes a few months to kick in, but it has been an outstanding addition to acne care.

How can you keep acne-prone skin balanced?

Many people have skin that is oily but also dehydrated, and this is often made worse by many acne medications, which are drying to the skin. The key is to use hydrators and to stay hydrated. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help add and hold water in the skin without clogging pores. An easy way to know if a moisturizer is going to hydrate without adding to acne is by looking for these words on the label: non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. Oil-free is not the same thing and it doesn’t mean it will work for your skin.

What are the best ways to remove acne scars?

This is a complicated issue because there are different types of acne scars. A true scar is a change in the texture of the skin. This means that if you close your eyes and rub your hands over your skin, you will feel a difference between normal skin and the scar. After acne, there is often discoloration where the skin may be red or hyperpigmented (darker) compared with healthy skin. The discoloration will clear with time and with the right skin care products. 

We hope you enjoyed reading and follow these tips for glowing acne free skin.