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Understanding and treating Acne




Acne-prone skin is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormones, diet, and lifestyle. One of the most common characteristics of acne-prone skin is excess oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and the formation of acne.


Understanding oily and acne-prone skin is important to prevent breakouts. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of oily and acne-prone skin, how to properly care for it, and tips for preventing breakouts.


Causes of Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

One of the main causes of oily and acne-prone skin is overactive sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, which is an oily substance that helps to lubricate the skin and protect it from external factors. However, when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, it can lead to oily skin and clogged pores.


Hormonal changes can also contribute to oily and acne-prone skin. This is why acne is commonly associated with puberty and can also be a problem during pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause. Certain medications and medical conditions can also contribute such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).



Caring for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Caring for oily and acne-prone skin involves a combination of good skincare habits and lifestyle choices. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and prevent breakouts:


  • Use gentle, non-comedogenic products: Look for skincare products that are labelled as non-comedogenic, which means they won't clog your pores. Avoid harsh products that can strip your skin of its natural oils and lead to the overproduction of sebum.



  • Moisturize: Contrary to popular belief, oily skin still needs moisturizer. Look for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers that won't clog your pores.


  • Use sunscreen: Sunscreen is important for all skin types, including oily skin. Look for a lightweight, non-greasy formula that won't clog your pores.


  • Watch your diet: Foods such as sugar and refined carbohydrates. Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can also help improve your skin's overall health. Stay away from the following foods as they are known to trigger break-out.

  • Peanuts/peanut butter

  • Whey protein

  • Soy

  • Sugar

  • Dairy

  • Eggs

  • Foods high in iodine

  • Seafood

  • Seaweed/sushi

In addition to skincare and diet, here are several things you can do to prevent breakouts:

  • Don't touch your face: transfers dirt and bacteria leading to breakouts.

  • Antibacterial your phone to avoid breakouts.

  • Ice your skin daily to reduce inflammation

  • Avoid picking at your skin: This can cause inflammation and scarring.

  • Hair off your face as this can transfer oils and dirt to your skin, leading to breakouts.

  • Change your pillowcases frequently: Pillowcases can harbour bacteria and oil, which can lead to breakouts. Change your pillowcases every few days.

Here at The Facial Specialist, we have an acne treatment and certified organic skincare to assist you on your journey of treating acne. It's recommended to have regular professional facials and make sure you have good skin care habits at home. 80% of the work is done at home. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Emma on 0413383137





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