Acne is a common skin condition that can affect anyone at any stage. According to a study by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD, 85% of young adults aged 12–25 years experience acne.
If you ask any female what her biggest nightmare is, she would probably mention sudden pimples that appear right before a special occasion. If you constantly struggle with acne breakouts, it's safe to say you have acne-prone skin.
Despite acne being common and a normal part of life for many, it can still impact our self-esteem and make us less confident about our appearance.
Intense skincare treatments with harsh chemicals can bring unwanted side effects, such as dryness and irritation. Harsh ingredients strip and disrupt the skin microbiome, while a gentle, more natural approach can restore skin back to its best natural condition, while also clearing skin.
What is Acne Prone Skin?
Acne develops when your skin follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, causing pimples, inflammation, and redness. Acne-prone skin is more than a regular pimple outbreak; it is a common occurrence that can take months or even years to keep under control.
Here are some of the main causes of acne-prone skin:
- Hormone changes
- Bacterial imbalance
How to Care for Acne Prone Skin
So how do you get rid of acne-prone skin? Here are some expert tips on how to care for acne-prone skin naturally to get it back to its radiant, glowy best.
Keep skin clean
Washing your face at least twice a day is essential. If you've been sweating, wash your face more frequently. Use a mild face wash with no harsh chemicals, salicylic acid, or fragrance to decrease irritation and fight clogged pores. Ingredients like vitamin C, witch hazel, and zinc are great for cleansing the skin naturally.
Before going to bed, remove your makeup with water and ph-neutral soap to open up your pores, allowing your skin to breathe and lowering your risk of acne outbreaks.
Don’t exfoliate hard
How do you exfoliate sensitive acne-prone skin? While exfoliating is a key part of an acne-prone skincare routine, it’s better to opt for a chemical exfoliant rather than a physical one. This is because a chemical exfoliant is actually more effective and gentle on the skin.
Water is vital for the liver, which regulates hormone production. A major cause of acne-prone skin is hormonal imbalance. Drinking water allows you to maintain good health and decrease the chance of breakouts. We recommend drinking two liters or more each day.
You may think that sweating makes your acne worse, however, exercise is great for acne-prone skin. Exercise keeps you healthy while unblocking your pores, but be sure to wash your face right away after working out.
Eat good foods
The foods you eat may have an impact on your acne. Avoid skim milk, whey protein, and diets high in sugar. Inflammation can be decreased by eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in vitamin C and beta carotene.
Enjoy the sun but wear SPF!
Sun exposure is how we absorb Vitamin D, which is crucial for our well-being. The sun can help treat acne-prone skin, but too much of it can cause drying effects and block pores. When you are in the sun, it’s important to always wear SPF to protect your skin from high UV rays which can be very damaging.
Use probiotics in your skincare
Including probiotics in your acne-prone skin care routine is one of the best ways to gently restore your skin. Probiotic skincare products contain healthy bacteria that help fight off bad bacteria on our skin microbiome.
This keeps the skin microbiome happy and healthy, reducing inflammation, oil production, and the growth of the bacteria which triggers acne - Cutibacterium acnes (C. acnes), Probiotic skincare is an effective and nourishing alternative to harsh skincare products as it actively balances and restores your microbiome.
We know it can be tempting to poke and pop that whitehead in the middle of your forehead or on the center of your cheek, but you must resist.
By breaking the pore's barrier and allowing germs to travel into your skin, touching your spots not only spreads new bacteria to the region but also can make blackheads and whiteheads swollen and painful. Instead, follow your normal acne-prone skin care routine.
At Unconditional Skincare Co., we care about your skin and happiness. We believe all skin has the ability to feel and look radiant and healthy when nourished with the right ingredients. Try our live probiotic serum BLIS Q24® to give your skin the care it deserves.