Danielle has been a Licensed Esthetician treating Clients since 2012.
In order to get Acne these three factors need to be present:
- Excess Sebum (oil)
- An overabundance of dead skin cells
- The presence of bacteria
While navigating treatment can seem like a maze, it is hard to determine trusted sources. Skincare products although essential in Acne treatment are futile resources if not combined with lifestyle measures.
Top Ten Non-Skincare Acne Fighting Aids
- Clean Your Phone: Dirty phones are a breeding ground for bacteria. Touching your phone then touching your face or putting your phone directly on your face transfers that bacteria to you.
- Change Your Pillowcase: Pillowcases not only harbor bacteria but also dead skin cells, oil and mites. Some Dermatologists go so far as to suggest daily pillowcase changes!
- Stop Touching Your Face: This includes pimple popping. Not only are you introducing bacteria to your skin but you can also cause hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
- Wash Makeup Brushes: Spot clean with antibacterial brush spray after each use and deep clean weekly to prevent spread of bacteria, mites and oil.
- Makeup Free Day: Allow your skin to heal and preform its daily functions without makeup in the way. If you feel the need to wear makeup daily make sure to cleanse thoroughly before bed.
- Drink your 8 Cups: Water is essential to the body functioning properly this remains true for your skin. Water helps maintain the skins barrier and homeostasis. Without the proper hydration things like sebum production will be thrown off balance.
- Beauty Sleep: Getting your 6-9 hours of sleep is crucial for skin recovery. While you're sleeping the skin is repairing with increased blood flow and a release of skin repairing hormones.
- Stress Relief: Cortisol (stress hormone) causes increased oil production in your skins glands. Try yoga, mediation, exercise or anything that helps you relax.
- Diet: Everything in moderation is a good rule of thumb. Things like sugar, caffeine, processed meats, processed carbs, and alcohol are all inflammatory foods and trigger Acne.
- Throw Expired Products Out: All skincare has an expiration date. Not only do the active ingredients lose their potency but also the preservatives are no longer keeping the bacteria, mites at safe enough levels. If the expiration is not on the bottle try to write the day you opened down so you know when to toss.
Remember Acne treatment is a journey!
Acne is a condition of the skin without any cure. Try to remain patient through your journey. While most treatments take 30 days to see results some may take years. Along the way you will find some treatments work better then others, cater your treatment to your lifestyle goals and needs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Danielle Camarale