BREAK UP WITH BREAKOUTS
We all know acne is a very common skin concern among teenage years, but unfortunately for some, this continues into adulthood. There are many factors as to why we breakout, ranging from lifestyle habits to health conditions. In order to prevent blackheads, spots and pimples it’s essential to get to the root of the problem. Let’s take a look at the different types of acne and discuss the major factors that contribute to causing these outbreaks.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACNE
Whiteheads: Whiteheads appear as pimples with rounded white tops and frequently appear in areas that are more prone to oil like the T-Zone
Blackheads: Blackheads are a common type of acne caused by a buildup of dead skin cells in open pores.
Pustules: Similar to whiteheads, an pustule is an inflamed blemish with an obvious white top or head.
Papules: These pimples or areas of swelling and have smaller, raised and solid features without any obvious head.
Cysts: More harsh than regular pimples, cysts lie deep within the skin and occur when the pores become blocked and swollen. They are frequently caused by hormones in women.
Nodules: A severe form of acne, nodule growths are large, inflamed and painful breakouts that affect deeper layers of the skin.
WHAT CAUSES ACNE
Genetics, hormones and environmental factors can determine how bad you break out. Stress, diet, exercise and skincare also plays a part.
There are three major factors that cause acne to develop – overactive sebaceous (or oil) glands, abnormal shedding of dead skin cells, and an overproduction of acne-causing bacteria (Propionibacteria acnes)
When a pore becomes clogged with sebum and dead skin cells it creates the perfect environment for acne causing bacteria (Propionibacteria acnes) to thrive. This bacteria digests the oil trapped within the pore, producing a fatty acid waste. This waste irritates the pore lining, causing redness, inflammation, and when white blood cells rush in, pus forms. Suddenly, you have a spot.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS TO REDUCE BREAKOUTS
Looking for skincare to help with breakouts can be confusing, especially with so many ingredients on the market promising results. At REFORM Skincare we have developed our ANTI-BLEMISH KIT which contains active ingredients like Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid and Zinc to help regulate sebum production, unclog pores and tackle acne causing bacteria, the main factors that cause breakouts.