Acne is a condition that affects 90% of teenagers, with the peak years between ages 17-20. Adults also suffer from acne in their 30's and 40's, and older! We all struggle with acne but yet, we aren't quite sure what exactly it is and why it happens. Let's discuss all about acne and how we can treat it!
What is acne?
Acne arises when excess sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells become trapped deep inside the follicle. Once the pore is blocked, the oxygen-less environment allows bacteria, P. acnes, to form, becoming an inflamed and swollen pimple. Whiteheads, or closed comedones, are trapped material that can develop into acne if not treated properly. Blackheads, or open comedones, form when the pore remains open and becomes darkened due to oxidation. Blackheads form more commonly in oily skin types due to the over-active sebaceous glands. Cystic acne is the most difficult type of acne to treat. These lesions are triggered by hormones which cause the skin's oil glands to become hypersensitive. These oil glands overproduce sebum, so much so that the glands become engorged and burst under the skin, creating hardened nodules. Cystic acne presents an increased risk of scarring due to their potential to destroy collagen so it's important to seek guidance from a professional.
Now that we know the different types of acne, what can we do to prevent and treat it?
Although acne is an inflammatory condition, it can be easily treated and prevented with the proper skincare routine and nutrition. Acne presents an emotional trigger if not properly taken care of but this battle can be won! Set your skin free today!
Summertime is here! The change in the warmer months calls for a little change in your skincare routine.
The Florida humidity does WONDERS for our skin (my hair? not so much) and being that our skin is compromised of about 70% water, it soaks up the humidity like a sponge! This allows our skin to be kept moist and hydrated while preserving our youthful elasticity and skin tone. Make the most out of the wondrous humidity by incorporating skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid or its salt derivative, sodium hyaluronate. This magical ingredient is a natural component of the skin and has the ability to absorb 1000 times its own weight in water! Being that it's naturally present in your tissue, the capacity of absorption is 100%! This allows the repair of your skin's moisture barrier leaving it plumper, smoother, and healthier! With having a healthy moisture barrier, this allows your skin to defend itself from damaging free radicals and inflammation which causes rosacea, eczema, and acne.
If your moisturizer doesn't contain hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate, you can always boost your barrier with a product like CosMedix's C.P.R. Skin Recovery Serum. Potent antioxidants, Blue Agave, Arnica, and Azulene make this restorative serum a powerhouse in kickstarting recovery, healthy healing, regeneration of cells for more youthful, revived skin. May also be used for minor sunburns!
The summer months also call for lighter moisturizers. The humidity presents a small issue--bacterial growth. With using lighter creams and moisturizers, this allows our skin to breathe just a bit better. But, the importance of exfoliation mustn't be forgotten. As our sun protection is a bit heavier and sweat production increases, our pores need to be deeply cleansed to prevent the build-up of bacteria. Exfoliation 2-3 times a week is ideal but don't stray away from the monthly peels as well! Chemical peels during summertime are often disapproved, however, with safe sun protection chemical peels are just as effective during the warmer months. Chemical peels prevent worsening of photo damage and hyperpigmentation, along with the appearance of new damage. Treating your skin during summer with chemical peels prevents deeper, more intensive treatments...saving you money and downtime!
When it comes to summer skincare, a little exfoliation and a boost of hydration from hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate will keep your skin youthful and protected. Blended with the appropriate anti-aging products and sun protection, you will be summer ready with beautiful, glowing skin!
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This brightening serum is recommended for most skin types, except highly reactive. Safely treats hyperpigmentation and photodamage without the use of hydroquinone or arbutin.