What Is Acne-Prone Skin?

It’s normal for many people to deal with frequent, chronic, or unexpected acne breakouts, especially when they’re going through puberty and their skin and body are making several significant changes. However, some people are more prone to getting severe or regular acne breakouts, which can lead them to think their skin is simply less manageable than everyone else’s.

This can be a frustrating and self-esteem-lowering part of a person’s life, no matter their age, but it’s not something you have to live with forever. With high-quality formulas and a fine-tuned skincare routine, you can give your skin the care it needs.

What is Acne-Prone Skin?

Acne-prone skin is a subjective experience that is characterized by frequent or uncontrollable acne breakouts on the face or other parts of the body. It’s different than a categorized skin type, such as oily skin or sensitive skin, which has measurable factors involved but may not necessarily result in more acne breakouts.

Oily skin types tend to have more acne breakouts than those with normal or dry skin, but with the wrong skincare routine or products, any skin type can suffer from chronic breakouts. Knowing your skin type and treating it with care is essential to reducing the likelihood of breakouts and helping your complexion shine, and appear blemish-free.

Types of Acne

While many people think they know about the characteristics of acne, there are distinct types that dermatologists and doctors acknowledge and study. Inflammation is the key distinguisher between different acne breakouts and necessitates different forms of treatment for each type.

Non-Inflammatory Acne

Acne often occurs before a person realizes it. Clogged pores cause acne breakouts, which begin as blackheads and whiteheads and are not always noticeable when looking in a mirror. Blackheads indicate dirt or debris that have become trapped in a pore whereas whiteheads are slightly raised bumps that show your immune system is responding to foreign objects in your skin. These are the predecessors of acne breakouts, as blackheads and whiteheads are the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause inflammatory acne.

Inflammatory Acne

Red pustules are the most recognizable form of acne, indicative of inflammatory acne. The inflammation and redness can vary based on the environment of the surface and interior of the skin as well as how you treat your skin prior to or during an acne breakout. Inflammation occurs due to the immune system’s response to an active bacterial infection of acne in the clogged pore, leading to pus buildup, inflammation, and skin tissue damage, which can eventually result in acne scarring if skin cells rupture.

How To Manage Acne-Prone Skin

Although people have many different types of skin, from oily to sensitive, nearly everyone experiences acne at one point or another. The best way, then, to help with acne, is to find the products and routine that works best for you. The principles for a good skincare routine, however, are nearly universal. You need a cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer that works best for your skin on a daily basis to fight back against acne-prone skin.

Cleanse Gently

The key to unlocking many people’s skincare routines for the best skin of their life often includes switching to a gentle but effective cleanser. Many commercial formulas include either too harsh chemicals or too few cleansing compounds to be effective for acne-prone skin types.

For oilier skin types, we recommend our Clarify Cleanser for daily use to dissolve pore-clogging compounds with active ingredients like glycerin and salicylic acid. And for people who may be over-cleansing, our gentle Herbal Cleanser is well-balanced to cleanse skin without drying it out and accidentally causing it to produce more oil in response.

Exfoliate Regularly

Acne can make your skin sensitive to abrasion and pressure, so it’s important to use exfoliation as directed to avoid irritating your skin and causing it to double down on oil production or aggravate infections. However, when your skin is starting to show signs of clearing up, exfoliation is a great way to ensure you are revealing the newest skin cells and preventing dead cells and dirt or debris from slowly clogging pores on your face.

Our patented Micro-Derm Ultra-Refining Scrub is perfect for people recovering from active acne breakouts. With gentle use as directed, you can feel the difference between your old complexion and your refined one.

Moisturize Appropriately

Rather than make oil production worse, keeping your skin moisturized is key to making it less acne-prone. While it may take some trial and error, finding a mild but nourishing moisturizer helps keep the appearance of your skin soft and supple. Try our popular Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer.

Professional-Grade Acne Treatments

Often the best acne treatment is a truly helpful daily routine. Although it can take time to see results, we believe your skin deserves the best. Find more professional-grade formulas that can help you achieve the best skin of your life by taking our Skin Quiz today!

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