Each Hylunia Blemish Control product features natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help keep your skin adequately hydrated without being oily, remove blackheads and buff away dead cells, repair cell damage and stimulate repair, and minimize future breakouts.
Breakouts are the skin’s natural response to excess oil, dead skin cells and debris (such as pollution and makeup) getting trapped inside a pore.
It also signals hormonal imbalance, allergies or sensitivity as well as detoxing from ingredients and irritants skin doesn’t like.
Hylunia's skin therapists created this resource center to help you better understand what causes breakouts, blemishes and acne.
What is Acne?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States.
Your skin can breakout when exposed to skin care products, hair care products, makeup, the environment, hormonal changes, fragrances and more.
Acne usually occurs in pores with hair follicles. Other types of pores, such as those used for sweating, usually don’t display signs of acne.
While most cases can be self-managed, acne can become so severe it requires medical attention.
Signs of Acne
Acne is characterized by the presence of pimples on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. It comes in many forms:
- Bumps or pimples
- Increased warmth around the affected area
What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by a buildup of sebum and dead skin cells in the hair follicle. This blend of oil and cells creates a soft plug that promotes the growth of bacteria. It’s also caused by exposure to ingredients, irritants or other matter the skin doesn’t like such as hair care products, skin care products and makeup.
Acne caused by hair care, skin care and makeup products:
- Improperly cleaning your skin leaves makeup, dirt and debris on the surface, which can clog pores.
- Lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum jelly are just a few of the hundreds of comedogenic ingredients commonly used in skin care.
- Ingredients in makeup can cause breakouts. Some makeup products are labeled as noncomedogenic, which means the product claims it will not clog pores. While there is evidence that suggests noncomedogenic products don’t not cause acne, this has not been proven clinically or by approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Using skin care products that are too harsh for your skin strips skin of its natural oil, forcing it to make more. This leads to breakouts.
- Exfoliating too often or too aggressively also strips skin of its natural oil and can lead to breakouts.
- Not applying moisturizer after exfoliating can cause breakouts.
- Using a moisturizer that doesn’t offer enough hydration can trick skin into producing more oil, and that can lead to breakouts.
- Touching your skin repeatedly throughout the day can cause breakouts.
- Holding your mobile phone to your face can cause breakouts.
- Environmental factors such as pollution, pollen and dust can cause breakouts
Acne can be made worse by:
- Hormones — teens, pregnant women and women approaching menopause experience hormonal changes that trigger breakouts and blemishes.
- Diet — studies indicate that eating a diet made mostly of dairy products and foods increase blood sugar. Increased blood sugar is tied to breakouts.
- Certain medications and supplements — corticosteroids, androgens, lithium and steroid supplements can cause breakouts.
Types of Acne Skin
There are different types of dry skin:
Whiteheads and blackheads. It is the only non-inflammatory form of acne.
Small, raised, inflamed bumps that may be red and tender
Red, tender, inflamed bumps with white pus at the tip
Large, solid, inflamed bumps under the skin. An indication that a cystic breakout may occur.
Large, pus-filled, inflamed bumps under the skin. These usually cause scarring.
Managing Breakouts, Blemishes and Acne
It’s possible to manage breakouts, blemishes and acne when you apply these strategies.
Skin Care Regimen
- Keep your face clean. Wash it every night when you get home from work or before you go to bed.
- Use warm, not hot, water to preserve skin’s natural oil.
- Avoid scrubbing the skin. Wash it with your hands instead of a washcloth, loofah or exfoliating cloth.
- Pat skin dry. Do not rub it. Use a fresh towel every day to avoid spread of bacteria.
- Make sure makeup is completely removed every day. Use an oil-based makeup remover because it’s the only thing that can remove all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara as well as most foundations and concealers.
- Don’t wear makeup when you don’t absolutely have to.
- Know your ingredients! Many skin care products marked as non-comedogenic actually have lanolin, mineral oil or petroleum-based ingredients in them.
- Use a spot treatment. Treat the breakout, not the skin. Applying product all over the face can lead to breakouts.
- Learn how to properly exfoliate your skin. Ask a skin therapist or esthetician for advice on what is best suited for your skin type and skin condition.
- Use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type and skin condition. If you experience hormonal breakouts, apply an oil-free moisturizer to the affected area. Use your regular moisturizer on the rest of your face.
- Protect your face as you apply hair spray to ensure the spray’s ingredients don’t rest on your skin.
- DO NOT pop pimples. It spreads bacteria and causes more breakouts.
- Reduce or eliminate dairy from your diet.
- Reduce or eliminate high-carb foods such as bread and bagels. They increase blood sugar, which is linked to breakouts.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
- Stop touching your skin throughout the day. It spreads bacteria. If it’s become a habit, find another way to distract yourself.
- Use a hands-free device instead such as headphones or an ear bud when you use your mobile phone.
- Keep long hair pulled away from the face. Oil from your hair can leave excess oil on your facial skin. Avoid hairstyles with bangs.
- Stay out of the sun, especially if you’re taking a doctor-prescribed acne medication. Many acne medications are photosensitive and can cause increased skin sensitivity and inflammation.
- Exercise regularly. When you do, shower immediately after you finish. Never wear the same exercise clothes twice before washing to avoid the spread of bacteria and debris.
- Stress is linked to breakouts. Find ways to reduce stress and you’ll enjoy a reduction in breakouts.
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