What is Acne? (This is a general definition)
Mild- Very few blackheads and an occasional pimple.
Moderate- Few but consistent break outs that never seem to clear up.
Severe- Skin is covered with inflammation and cystic.
Acne Formation Video
Click for VideoBlackheads and whiteheads are formed by an accumulation of dead skin and oil. Flare ups occur when follicle wall breaks and becomes inflammed. Then, bacteria grows and turns into an infection.
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Whether it is mild, moderate or severe, it still falls in the acne category. Your skin is constantly producing new cells and oils. This oil becomes sticky and adheres to dead skin, which can clog your pores and cause white heads, black heads and flare ups. Many acne flare-ups are caused by hormonal imbalances and the skins inability to slough off dead skin cells. Daily exfoliation will reduce blemishes. Genetics play an important role in acneic skin conditions. Although there is no permanent solution, acne is treatable with effective salon treatments and a home skin care regimen.
SKIN CARE TIPS .
- Drink lots of water.
Exercise helps to eliminate toxins and circulates the blood, therefore giving you healthier skin.
- Always protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen whether it is over cast or not.
- Avoid sun. However should you be in direct sun; stop using any kind of benzoyl peroxide, bleaching creams, or any AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) a good 3-4 days prior to the day of sun bathing.
- Using a pumpkin mask once a week would be like giving your skin a "mini facial treatment".
- For inflamed skin, treat your skin with purified water ice cubes for about 5-15 minutes. It helps the skin to heal faster and avoid some of the "big ones" from flaring up and becoming sore. Avoid ice if your skin has vascular weakness (broken capillaries).
KEYS TO CLEARING UP ACNE
- Reduce inflammation- Direct icing to the skin with aloe vera base will help to reduce inflammation and speed healing.
- Exfoliate- Removing excess skin cells build up can eliminate the pores from clogging.
- Control bacteria- Keeping bacteria under control can reduce the chance of flare ups.
- Protect the skin from the sun- Protecting the skin from the sun can help the healing process and prevent brown spots.
- Repair the skin- by strengtheing the skin's immune system and returning the pore size and shape back to a healthy state.
- Facial- Extractions is the key to speeding up clear appearance. Whether it be Oxyboost for deep & thorough extractions, cleansing and repairing or the Deep pore treatment for extraction maintenance therapy
Make up users
If you wear make-up be sure to remove it completely before using this skin care program. Benzoyl peroxide must get into the pore to fight the bacteria that causes acne. However, cleansing is important, aggressive cleansing can aggravate the skin.
Factors Contributing to Acne:
- STRESS- It is largely a contemporary problem, compounded by work pressure, city life, and lack of sleep.
- SUNLIGHT- Sun exposure causes undesirable scaling and drying, it also damages the follicle, exacerbates hyperpigmentation, cause skin cancer, premature aging, " Solar Acne" later in life.
- CLIMATE –(Acne Majorca) Heat and humidity causes swelling of the skin which could possibly exert enough pressure on the follicles to further complicate an already existing condition.
- PRESSURE/FRICTION- Acne Mechanica affects athletes who wear headbands, baseball caps, and/or football helmets, etc. Note, "teenage Romeos" break out where the telephone rests on one side of their face.
- PICKING-Picking nervously without realizing or attacking minor lesions can create huge macular sores and disfiguring scars.
- DIET- Though most foods are not associated with acne flare-ups, salty foods containing iodine such as fast foods, salty snacks, and dairy products can cause flare-ups. Other foods that are high in iodides include some types of shellfish, kelp, squid, and asparagus.
- INDUSTRIAL FACTORS -Exposure to constant amounts of occlusive grease or airborne grease such as fast food restaurants and mechanics may notice flare-up in their condition.
- COSMETICS- Some ingredients in skin care products such as bar soaps may have substances which cause dead skin, oil and bacteria to stick together leading to pore clogging. Also, old make-up may have gone rancid which could cause bacteria in the pores.
- HORMONES- May trigger the process in genetically acne-prone skin.