Acne Awareness Month: 5 Tips to Keep The Acne-Battle Real
By: Carolina Malis
Real skin is in! Gone are the days when we all wanted to get our skin as smooth and pore-less as those of girls on magazine covers. Social media has opened a window for people to show their real skin and share their struggles with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, perfect skin simply doesn't exist, so what we all should aim for is healthy skin instead.
Within the long list of skin struggles, there’s one everyone has most likely had to deal with at least once in their lives: acne, a topic many people tend to hide. But a current wave of acne positivity is changing the paradigms the beauty industry has managed to build for the past few decades, and we couldn't be happier about it.
Acne is normal. About 50 million people in the US struggle with it, making it the most common skin condition affecting not only teenagers but anyone up to their 40s and 50s. For that same reason, we’re here to spread some acne positivity and share some tips on how you can help yourself keep acne at bay while keeping things real.
Learn about it, but really!
Acne is not a one-way street. There are multiple types of acne (nodular acne, hormonal, back acne, fungal, mask acne, etc.) and many kinds of blemishes, from pimples to whiteheads, blackheads, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. All of these are a consequence of different underlying problems, so they all demand particular ways to approach them to keep them under control.
Our menstrual cycle can affect our skin in many different ways. As our hormones fluctuate and our body enters a new phase, our skin can freak out a bit, which can translate to multiple pimples showing up out of nowhere. That’s why adjusting your routine during your menstrual cycle can help keep things under control-ish. Products like our Calming Cicatree Pads, formulated with Cica Complex and Tea Tree Leaf extract, can help calm irritated skin while providing gentle exfoliation and soothing skin. Hence, it stays strong, hydrated, and smooth 24/7.
Remember: It Takes Time
If you’re starting a new acne treatment, you probably feel like it’s taking ages to show results or may even feel disappointed when, after ten days, you see no change. Well, keep in mind that, with acne, most likely, things will get worse before they get better, and that’s ok! Give a new treatment or routine at least 4-6 weeks before abandoning it altogether. Then, if you notice progress, keep going!
Little Lifestyle Tweaks
While fighting acne involves many factors, some minor changes in your daily routine can significantly help. Actions like disinfecting your phone, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, changing your pillowcases every 2-3 days, not using the same towel to dry your face for too long, and not touching your face, can make a big difference in how your acne develops.
Ask A Derm
While there’s a lot of info on the internet, visiting a dermatologist will surely be of great help. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all acne treatment protocol. Everyone’s skin is different, and the underlying root causes of acne are different too. So one ritual, skincare product, or treatment that works wonders for one person may not work for another. The best course of action is to get the help of a professional who can access your skin and provide you with a personalized skincare regime.