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. Here's what to know about acne prone skin and how you can build your at-home regimen around it.
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 outbreaks. For example, you can have oily skin or dry skin that is simply more acne prone than somebody else who has the same skin type. Having acne-prone skin is not a chronic skin condition whereas acne itself can be. If you have acne prone skin, it may simply be more likely to react to things that transfer bacteria like phone screens or makeup brushes, or certain over-the-counter products.
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 like painful cysts and pimples. Knowing your skin type and treating acne 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 regimens for each type.
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, dead skin cells, or debris that have become trapped in pores or hair follicles whereas whiteheads are small bumps that show your immune system is responding to foreign objects in your skin. These types of small pimples are the predecessors of acne breakouts, as blackheads and whiteheads are the perfect breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.
Red pustules are the most recognizable form of severe acne, indicative of inflammatory types of 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 scars if skin cells rupture and impact other pores around it. Cystic lesions can be the most damaging type of acne to your skin and can be caused by a variety of factors. It’s important to speak with a medical professional to help diagnose the cause of your cystic acne and to see if oral or topical prescription medication is needed.
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 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. Here's a quick guide to developing an acne prone skin regimen.
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 and excess oil with active ingredients like willow bark, zinc pca and salicylic acid. And for an antioxidant probiotic gel cleanser, our gentle Herbal Cleanser is well-balanced to cleanse skin without overdrying.
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.
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.
Rather than make oil production worse, keeping your skin hydrated is key to making it less acne-prone. While it may take some trial and error, finding a mild but nourishing moisturizer that won't clog pores helps keep the appearance of your skin soft and supple. Try our popular Facial Emulsion Enzyme Moisturizer.
High Quality Skincare For Acne-Prone Skin
Often the best way to combat acne concerns is a truly helpful daily routine. Although it can take time to see results, we believe your skin deserves the best. Browse our acne products today to elevate your skincare regimen and see better looking skin. Find more professional-grade formulas that can help you achieve the best skin of your life by taking our Skin Quiz today!