What is Acne?
Acne is a medical skin condition which occurs when the pores of your skin become clogged with dead skin, impurities, oil and bacteria. The increase in oil in the follicle, resulting in a blockage in pores is the main reason for acne breakouts. Hormonal changes, stress, lack of sleep, imbalanced diet and another environmental aggressor can also be contributing factors.
If you possess prone acne skin, you know that acne can be found almost anywhere on the body. However, it most commonly develops on the facial area, jaw, back, neck, chest and shoulders. Acne typically refers to a variety of pimples that can be either white, black or red. Blackheads and whiteheads are known as comedones.
While whiteheads and blackheads are the most common symptom seen in acne, subtypes of acne can cause inflammatory lesions. The following are more likely to cause scarring on your skin. These include:
Papules: The following acne subtype are small, red, raised bumps caused by inflamed or infected hair follicles.
Pustules: When small red pimples form in the follicle and have pus at their tips.
Nodules: Aresolid, often painful lumps beneath the surface of your skin.
Cysts: The acne subtype are large lumps found beneath your skin that contain pus and are usually painful to the touch.
How to treat prone acne skin & scarring
Acne scarring is a type of hyperpigmentation in the skin- this is a process where your skin has gone through some sort of trauma (like acne) and is now having an inflammatory response to heal itself.
Scarring can be smooth, or have a textural component so it’s essential that your anti pimple products and anti acne creams simultaneously tackle the colour component and textural component of the acne scarring, and get right to the root of your skin concerns.
There’s a few self-care activities that you can try at home to keep flare-ups to a minimum. Such home remedies for acne skin types include:
- Cleaning your skin daily with a mild, non-fragrant soap to remove excess oil and dirt
- Keeping hair away from your face
- Opt for water-based makeup and ‘non comedogenic’ skin care products
- Not squeezing or picking your pimples.
- Not wearing hats
- Not touching your face
If you find that self-care just isn’t cutting it, you’ll be pleased to find that BONIIK isn’t short of non-pore clogging acne skincare products to shop. From gently cleansing washes that draw away impurities deep within the follicle, balancing toners to minimise the skin’s overproduction of sebum to concentrated moisturisers that minimise hyperpigmentation, BONIIK is here to get you closer to clearer, calmer skin.
Shopping for acne skincare
Controlling acne can be difficult, depending on the severity of your skin condition.
Just like shopping for skin care products for dry skin or aged skin, it’s always wise to read the front and back labels of a new product, and do a patch test to assess the consistency. Keep an eye out for words like “non comedogenic anti acne creams”, “gentle foaming” & “balancing cleansers” and washes as these products are specially formulated to minimise acne symptoms.
Avoid exfoliants featuring gritty particles. As tempting as it is to repeatedly scrub the face of impurities and oils, you may be doing more harm than good. By stripping away the skin’s natural oils, you could be leaving your skin more vulnerable to infection, environmental aggressors and therefore exacerbate your acne- something we don’t want!
Also look out for the following ingredients- acne-free treatments for prone acne skin that dermatologists swear by.
Salicylic acid - Exfoliates the skin without aggravating the pores.
Tea Tree Oil - Features natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to calm redness, swelling and reduce hyperpigmentation.
Benzoyl Peroxide - Kills bacteria deep within the pores and prevents future breakouts.