According to Traditional Chinese medicine, acne indicates weakness or toxicity on a certain part of the body. There are also certain beliefs that associate acne with health anomalies. If you have acne and already finds it bothersome, you’ll want to get rid of it even more once you learn the reason behind it.
Here’s a mini infographic that reveals some important facts about your acne:
Types of Acne
Acne Vulgaris: Also called “simple acne,” acne vulgaris appears as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples marrying your clear skin. These are caused by dead skin cells and oil clogging hair follicles.
Comedonal acne: This type of acne is also caused by oil and debris clogging pores, but is characterized by skin-colored bumps called papules. These are typically found on the forehead or chin and are called “comedones,” but are more commonly known as blackheads. They may either be closed, where the follicle is completely clogged, or open.
Hormonal Acne: Women and teenagers are particularly susceptible to hormonal acne, which is caused when hormones trigger excess facial oil production. This type of acne can worsen depending on hormone fluctuations, which is why some women find their acne is worse at specific points in the menstrual cycle.
Inflammatory Acne: Inflammatory acne is red bumps and pustules, not whiteheads, blackheads and comedones. It doesn’t necessarily start as them, either. It arises on its own. Whiteheads, blackheads or comedones that become inflamed can be painful and unsightly. Persistent inflammatory acne may require treatment by a physician or dermatologist, in addition to over-the-counter acne remedies.
Cystic Acne: The most severe type of acne, cystic acne requires dermatological care and prescription acne medication to treat. Even the best acne products available over the counter are no match for this painful condition in which the area of the outbreak becomes inflamed, but not infected. Cystic acne can result in permanent scarring. However, it’s important to know that all acne lesions can scar. Scarring is related to size, amount of inflammation, genetics and delay in therapy.
How to Get Rid of Acne Fast?
The best way to get rid of acne is to find out what’s causing it and address that underlying issue. This is especially true for cystic acne sufferers, who may find that even the best acne products available over the counter aren’t enough on their own to pave the way for clear skin. See how to get rid of acne fast using our beauty gadgets:
LED therapy with blue light:
Blue light therapy is aimed at treating acne and comedones, as it fights with one of the most common causes of rashes – the bacteria propionibacterium acne (it lives in blocked pores and feeds on sebum fatty acids).
Blue light emits short wavelengths (400 – 510 nanometers) and in the spectrum of the waves is located next to ultraviolet, which gives it the same antibacterial properties, but does not put the skin at additional risk. It penetrates only into the uppermost layers of the skin (1 mm), but this is enough to saturate the skin with oxygen, which causes propionibacterium acne to die. Such therapy showed especially good results on the skin of people with mild and moderate acne – after a week of daily therapy, the number of black spots may decrease by 41.5%, and rashes – up to 30.4%. Blue light is less effective in treating cystic acne and acne, but with a large number of procedures it will also be useful. Also, LED-lamps with blue light help to prevent the appearance of rashes, so in the care it will be useful to almost everyone.
Another way to get rid of the acne is exfoliation:
Brash: Face brush is good device to prevent acne, it removes dead skin cells and clean surface of the skin perfectly. Good brush will also do a great job on your pores and as additional top up you will get a gentle skin massage.
However, DO NOT use the brush if you have thin, sensitive, irritated skin, or acne. In case of any inflammations, the brush should also be put aside so as not to spread the inflammation over the entire face.
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If brushes don’t suit your skin type, here are some different methods of how to get rid of the acne:
Vacuum face cleaning
Slightly more advanced phenomenon – vacuum cleansing of the face. However, the approach remained the same: the acne must be “lured” to the surface. This is done with the help of a special devices, which literally “sucks” in itself all the pollution. The only trouble is that the vacuum method is also a stress on the skin.
DO NOT perform vacuum cleaning of the face on the day before the important event: otherwise your skin will show all shades of pink, despite all of the soothing masks you will use after it. You can only enjoy the effect of vacuum cleaning only the next day.
Other anti-acne method is Ultrasonic Facial Cleansing:
Ultrasonic Facial Cleansing (sometimes called ultrasound peeling) is more superficial, but less traumatic. It can be used as a preventive procedure or combined with another type of cleaning. The action of ultrasound is aimed at destroying everything that is superfluous by high-frequency vibrations. In this way, cornified cells are evacuated, acne is partially eliminated, fine wrinkles are smoothed. By the way, ultrasonic cleaning is great for the skin that starting to fade.
WHAT WE RECOMMEND
DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
Acne can worsen when your hands often come into contact with your cheeks or nose. There is an opportunity for bacteria to grow if you often put your hands on your face. Doing so can encourage the growth of bacteria and cause infection to areas with acne.As much as possible, make it a point to adopt a strict hands-off policy to be protected from breakouts.
DO RINSE OFF AFTER A WORKOUT
To avoid acne breakouts, rinsing off must be done right after the workout. This activity increases body heat which can result in the mixture of sweat and surface oils.When this happens, substances are trapped and cause clogged pores. It is not smart to sit around with sweaty work outfits as doing so can lead to the onset of acne on various parts of the body.
DO NOT SKIP TONING
One of the most important steps to proper skin care is toning as it helps get rid of the residue or impurities even after you have already cleaned. Toning also plays a role in restoring the skin’s natural pH levels.
DO CONTROL YOUR STRESS LEVEL
People who experience stress produce cortisol, a stress hormone that boosts the production of oil from the skin’s sebaceous glands. Once the oil is mixed with dead skin cells and bacteria, the chance for acne to develop increases, and in some people with acne, their condition worsens. Taking short breaks, deep breathing exercises, and regular exercises are some of the stress-relieving strategies that can reduce your anxiety–as well as your acne problems.
DO NOT WASH AND SCRUB EXCESSIVELY
Over Washing and scrubbing may seem the right thing to do, but this may cause further problems. You should know that dirt isn’t the cause of acne. Therefore, using products with harsh ingredients won’t stop the problem. You may not be aware, but these harsh substances may even aggravate your acne problem.
DO EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
Another step that you should not miss in your beauty regimen is to exfoliate regularly. However, you have to do it gently. Exfoliation can help prevent and eliminate dirt buildup, clogged pores and dead skin cells that all contribute to acne.
DO NOT COMPLICATE
There may be no cure for acne, but you only have to keep it simple to effectively manage it. A proper skin care regimen using mild and natural beauty products will help you control breakouts and minimise your acne problems. Gentle solutions can help problems with acne at bay, while also allowing you to effectively manage them once they occur.
DO EAT HEALTHY
One of the contributing factors of acne are the foods that are high in trans fat and those that can induce allergic reactions. To avoid breakouts, eat right and avoid fatty and oily foods that may trigger a breakout. It will also be important to know your food allergies to avoid the ones that contribute to skin flare ups.