Bad memories of our adolescence, acne is also rife in adulthood. We take stock of these buttons.
Acne, what is it?
The acne can take several forms: red pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and even cysts filled with pus. The skin is often oily and oily in appearance. You can sometimes notice scars from old pimples that give a bumpy effect to the skin. Acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that produce too much sebum. Sebum is usually used to protect the skin from drying out. But when there is an overproduction, sebum builds up in the pores and clogs them. The skin therefore becomes more oily and bacteria can proliferate there, two factors causing acne.
Who is most affected by acne?
Teens are the most affected by acne. About 85% of young people will have acne breakout (s) during their teenage years. Indeed, too much sebum production is often caused by hormonal fluctuations. And during adolescence, imbalances are frequent! In adulthood, acne usually subsides. But for about 10% of the population, acne will still be present. Also, one can see acne breakouts during menstrual cycle or pregnancy.
Factors aggravating acne
Poor cleaning of the skin. Careful and daily hygiene is necessary.
Excessive use of cosmetic products. Too much makeup or the wrong choice of products can weigh down the skin and worsen acne.
Hair close to the skin. If you have oily hair, it is also a sign of overactive sebaceous glands. Also if the hair constantly touches the face and acne areas, it may become the means of transporting bacteria and infections.
The fiddling of buttons. This spreads the infection and loses control over the spread of acne. Better not to touch them.
Taking certain medications, especially those that can create hormonal imbalances.
The sun. You might think that the sun helps acne-prone skin by temporarily drying out the skin and sebaceous glands, but acne still comes back. We must also continue to protect our skin well with sunscreen, acne or not.
Good things to do to fight acne
Products for you
Not special products, the ones your friend uses or the ones that smell great! No, products suitable for our skin type. We carefully remove makeup every day. We also choose products designed for acne-prone skin that does not clog the pores.
Wash, but not too much
We do a morning and evening routine, but it is wrong to believe that multiple washes will succeed in making the skin less oily. If we stimulate the sebaceous glands too much, by washing for example, they will start to produce even more … sebum!
Avoid touching too much infested areas
Whether with your hair, wearing a hat, headband, glasses, etc., you have to be careful. But the most important thing is to avoid touching our face too frequently with our hands. Above all, never try to pop pimples; we would risk creating new irritations. The more we touch our buttons, the more germs have the chance to contaminate a healthy area.
To drink a lot of water
Thus, we ensure good hydration of our skin.
Good acne products
When shopping for products for our acne-prone skin, we opt for those that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, two compounds that exfoliate the skin and prevent the growth of bacteria.