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Pustules - inflammatory acne
The most tempting zits. They are characterized by their white tip of pus and their inflamed and reddened appearance.
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Papules - inflammatory acne
They are similar to pustules, sharing a swollen and red appearance but no pus-tip.
Cystic Acne - inflammatory acne
If you've ever had this type of acne you'll surely remember it because of how painful this type of pimple is. It hides under the skin and from there it grows, revealing a hard, red bump on the skin. If you don't want it to leave a mark, don't touch it. Don't play with it, don't even think about squeezing it, because you could cause an internal disaster that will only lead to a mark or scar.
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Blackheads - non-inflammatory acne
Another type of zit very tempting to pop. They are clogged pores of sebum and have a darker color. Did you think it was dirt? Well no, it is just oil and skin and because the pore is open and exposed to air, the stuff inside oxidizes and darkens.
Whiteheads - non-inflammatory acne
They are obstructed pores very similar to blackheads, with the difference that the pore is covered by a thin layer of skin thus preventing oxidation and respecting the whitish tone of the sebum. Do not confuse them with pustules, whiteheads are much smaller.
These are the types of scars/marks that usually appear after acne. Hyperpigmentation is temporary and is the easiest to treat. These are dark spots, their tone can vary between red and brown.
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The menstrual cycle lasts approximately 28 days, and on each of these days the levels of hormones vary. If we divide the cycle into two phases, the changes your body goes through in the first half of the cycle are predominantly controlled by estrogen, and the second half is influenced by progesterone.
That's why you normally have outbreaks between 7 and 10 days before your period starts and in the second half of the cycle, when the body's progesterone levels increase.
These pimple outbreaks are usually found on the lower face (chin, cheeks), jaw and neck. They are usually red, swollen, raised bumps (papules) that rarely develop into pimples.
Although they are a bummer, avoid the temptation to squeeze them. You will only make them worse and take longer to disappear.
P. acnes is a bacterium that forms part of the normal microbiome of the skin. It is found mainly in the most greasy parts of the face where it feeds on the fatty acids secreted by the sebaceous glands. Its name derives from its ability to colonize the skin and its relationship with acne.
Never touch, pick or pop pimples, no matter how tempting it may be for you. If you do, you risk having those pimples leave a mark or scar.
When you squeeze a pimple, you are creating a skin lesion. This can damage the infected hair follicle and increase inflammation. Be aware that intense inflammation is what causes acne scars. You can also spread the infection to the surrounding skin or cause a new infection with your nails.
Maskne is acne that appears on the chin and cheek area around the mouth from continuous use of a face mask. The constant contact with the skin creates micro cuts making it easy for bacteria and dirt to clog the pores. In addition, the warm, moist environment created by breathing inside the mask causes more than the usual accumulation of oil (grease), sweat and bacteria.
In this post on our blog we tell you everything you need to know about how to take care of your skin when wearing a face mask.
Scars are formed when the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is affected by the bad habit of picking blackheads, pimples and other imperfections with the fingers or other tools.
In general, the continuous contact between hair and face is not good and although bangs are an easy option to cover those pimples that appear on the forehead, it is not a good idea if you have acne, since the dirt and grease that accumulates on the hair, can clog the pores and encourage the emergence of new buddies.
The answer is yes, but it is recommended to use oil-free and non-comedogenic make-up specifically for acne-prone skin. But never forget to remove your makeup before going to sleep. This is a very important step since at night is when the facial cells regenerate and if there are traces of makeup on your skin, it can create a barrier and impede the regeneration of the tissues, and what's worse, block the pores. Thus, you'll probably wake up with some new zits.
Sunbathing in moderation is good for your skin and your mood. You can enjoy the sun and take care of blemish-prone skin at the same time. To do this, you must choose the right sunscreen, which is very important if your skin is prone to acne, as it tends to hyperpigmentation. That's why you should always use sunscreens specifically formulated for acne-prone skin, with a creamy, fluid or light gel texture. Also look for products labeled "non-comedogenic", meaning that they don't contain ingredients that can block pores or trigger blemishes.
Yes, whether you have acne or not, it is very important to use sun protection on your face every day, since your facial skin is almost continuously exposed to the sun and UV rays directly.
The term comedogenic refers to products and ingredients that have a propensity to clog pores and thus cause breakouts. Products that do NOT clog pores, or at least are less likely to do so, are referred to as non-comedogenic and are typically oil-free. If you suffer from acne or have oily skin this term will ring a bell as it is common in products for oily or acne-prone skin.
Simply put, there is no way and no reason to close pores. Yes, we're sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but there are actually physiological reasons that prevent this from happening. Firstly, pores have an important role in your skin, since they help to transport sebum and allow it to escape through your skin. Pore size is different for every skin type and person. Age is one of the most influential factors in size, as we get older the skin loses elasticity and the ability to maintain pore size. But don't worry, all is not lost! There are ways to make your pore look smaller and cleansing plays an important role. An optically clean pore looks smaller. For example, cleansing and exfoliation promotes skin renewal and helps cleanse the pore, plus it makes the face look brighter.
First of all, fungal acne is not really a thing. It is not acne at all, but rather an infection of the hair follicle. It can be hard to diagnose, because it often looks like normal acne. Despite its resemblance to bacterial acne, fungal acne is actually caused by yeast (yes, a fungus) that inflames the hair follicles in the skin and causes pimple-like bumps.
And just so you know, this type of fungus lives on everyone's skin. The problem comes when it gets out of control and causes outbreaks of acne or other skin conditions, like seborrheic dermatitis.
The difference between regular (bacterial) acne, and fungal acne is that while the former usually varies in size and tends to have black or white spots on the face. Fungal acne usually appears as a red, uniform bump on the chest, upper arms, and back, rarely on the face. Another typical symptom is that it causes a lot of itching.
All the products you will find within Acnemy's squad are oil-free and non-comedogenic. And you may ask yourself comedo-what? Non-comedogenic products are those that are formulated to avoid excess sebum production and clogged pores. And oil-free? This refers to formulas that do not contain any type of oil. Remember these two words and use products that have these characteristics, your skin will thank you.
There is no proven connection between eating chocolate and breakouts. This myth comes from the fact that many women are tempted to eat sweets or fats during their menstrual period, which usually coincides with hormonal alterations that do cause the appearance of zits.
Although acne is usually linked to adolescence, acne knows no age. The truth is that it affects many adults, and in some cases is the cause of an underlying pathology.
Rather the opposite is the case. Squeezing pimples will only make things worse, as they can spread the infection to other areas of the skin and increase inflammation, leaving a mark or scar behind.
Make-up does not produce pimples, what causes pimples is the use of the wrong make-up and not removing make-up correctly.
That is why, if you put on make-up:
- Use oil-free and non-comedogenic make-up specifically for acneic skin.
- Remember to remove makeup well before going to sleep
Shaving can be beneficial because it helps remove grease, bacteria, dirt and dead cells. However, the blade can be aggressive to the skin, so it is essential to move it gently over the face. You can also use a shave without the maximum rush, for example by using electric razors.
Don't be silly :-) If you want to brush your teeth, use toothpaste. And if you really want to dry a zit to make it disappear,then use Acnemy's Dryzit.