Acne 101

It’s safe to say Acne isn’t fun or desirable to have to deal with. It causes irritation, pain, redness, and messes with the texture of the skin with all its bumps and such. And if you happen to get pimples like whiteheads or blackheads (a common side effect of acne, though not synonymous, contrary to popular belief, as we’ll go over soon), then you have irritating, unsightly blemishes to worry about too.

As always, though, Vine Vera is here to help, and because we know how irksome acne can be, and how much of an obstacle it is, today we’re going over some quintessential acne basics.

Woman looking at her breakout

Why Are We Talking About Acne?
In other words, isn’t that just a teenage problem? In short, no, not at all. It’s true that tweens, teens, and young adults are at a much greater risk for acne, but it’s an adult problem too, and in fact, the number of adults who have acne is growing.

What’s the Source?
Acne is a state of irritation and inflammation of the skin; the redness and bumps are generally a response to some sort of irritation, and they take the form of inflamed, swollen pores. Acne itself is not the same thing as pimples (both whiteheads and blackheads), and it does not directly cause them, but the swelling of the pores with acne greatly increases the chance of getting pimples, which is why you often see the two together.
The source of irritation that triggers acne can be a variety of things; anything from exfoliating too hard to not cleansing enough and letting dirt and grease build up on your face. You’re more likely to develop acne if you have sensitive skin and/or oily skin, although it can happen to anyone. Hormonal changes can also make acne more likely, which is why it’s so prevalent among teens due to hormonal fluctuations in puberty.

Woman cleansing skin.

How Do I Get Rid Of It?
You will sometimes hear people advocate to just let acne “run its course.” As long as you don’t continue doing things that trigger or aggravate your acne, mild cases of acne can and will go away overtime, and you can use gentle mineral-based makeup to cover it up in the meantime. However, this is not always the best option, because leaving acne alone for too long can cause blemishes and scarring that are difficult to get rid of or may even be permanent.

If your acne is mild, you can generally clear it up by figuring out what triggered it, avoid doing whatever that was, and use products containing salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide for awhile to treat the acne and lessen its appearance gradually overtime until it eventually disappears. Other ingredients to soothe irritated, acne ridden skin—though they will not treat the underlying cause, but can be helpful for controlling redness and irritation—include chamomile, aloe vera, and zinc, among others.

If you acne is very sever, though, meaning it covers much of your face and is very difficult if impossible for you to control on your own, you need to see a dermatologist. There are a variety of treatments and prescription medications that can alleviate acne effectively, so don’t hesitate to book an appointment if you’ve tried and failed to control your acne, and it’s getting out of hand.

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