Have you ever experienced the struggle of finding a permanent solution to your acne, and get rid of the painful, red breakouts on your face once and for all? Today we will share with you our recent discoveries about hormonal acne and how to treat it without spending a fortune or going to a dermatologist.
What is hormonal acne?
Here are three questions to ask yourself to better understand your acne problem:
- Are your breakouts occurring at the same time each month?
- Do they always appear in the same spot—on the chin, mouth and lower cheek area?
- Are the pimples deep, cystic, and painful?
If your answers are YES to all of the above, you are not alone, because chances are we are going through the same thing.
Let’s break it down real quick:
Our body naturally has estrogen, which is the female hormone, and testosterone, the male hormone. These hormones play a major role in the development of acne. Normally our body just balances out hormones and keeps everything flowing naturally.
When there’s an excess of testosterone and not enough estrogen in our bodies, the extra testosterone in the bloodstream can trigger our skin to produce an increased amount of oil called sebum, which can get clogged in the pores and in the follicles of our skin to cause additional breakouts. This can be especially disastrous if you already have naturally oily skin.
Ingredients to Look Out for When Dealing with Acne
- AHA (alpha hydroxy acid)
- BHA (beta hydroxy acid)
AHA and BHA are both acids that are found in many skincare products, from cleansers, to serums and moisturizers. These acids help to ‘unglue’ the bonds that hold dull, dead skin on the surface. Once these bonds are broken, the skin will gently shed and naturally exfoliate, and reveal the younger smoother skin underneath.
Which One Should You Choose?
The answer is: depend on your skin condition and the skin problems you have.
AHA is preferred for normal to dry skin types. It works on the surface of your skin and helps to shed dead skin cells by loosening the sticky protein bonds. It attracts and holds moisture to keep your skin nice and smooth. It also stimulates collagen production so that new skin will grow at a quicker rate.
Examples of AHA: glycolic acid, lactic acid and mandelic acid
If you have normal to oily skin, or if your skin is prone to bumps, clogged pores, blemishes, or enlarged pores, then BHA is for you. BHA works on the skin’s surface and are water soluble. It also has natural skin-calming properties and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
What Else Should You Know?
Our body naturally has a slightly acidic protective layer that protects the skin from environmental factors (aka bacteria). Too acidic can also cause breaking the protective layer and dry out the skin (redness and sensitive), while too alkaline (pH7) makes skin dry, brittle and wrinkly. So it’s important to pick a cleanser that can help you cleanse out the excessive oil but is also gentle enough to keep your skin at the ideal PH level.
For more details and information, watch the full video: How to Remove Pimples Fast and Get Clear Skin | Acne Tips
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