How to fight acne

Is your skin prone to pimples and blackheads? Here’s everything you need to know to help limit breakouts.

What causes acne?

Acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. These glands secrete sebum, an oily substance that protects the skin. However, excess production clogs the pores and causes the bacteria that leads to acne to multiply. Hormonal changes (caused by puberty, menstruation, hormone therapy, etc.) are among the main causes of acne, but genetics also play a role, as do stress and certain medications.

Is diet to blame?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that diet causes acne. It is believed, however, that metabolic imbalances resulting in higher sugar levels are responsible for excessive levels of sebum secretion. Alcohol and tobacco are also known to trigger undesirable skin reactions such as oily skin, pimples and blackheads.

Can chocolate, deli meats and soft drinks cause acne?

No. According to recent studies, there is more of a link between acne and refined products such as cereals, white bread, white rice and cookies.

Should I avoid makeup altogether if I have acne?

No. Since makeup hides blemishes, it can actually help make you feel better, and improve your self-esteem. Just make sure to use specially formulated products that are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. And don’t forget to remove your makeup every night before bed.

Is the sun good for acne?

No.Sun exposure may cause pimples to disappear “temporarily” as ultraviolet rays reduce swelling. But the sun also causes your skin to thicken, which can block the pores even more and make your acne worse.

Can I wash my skin with regular soap?

No. Most soaps contain a lot of irritants, which can dry out acne-prone skin.

Opt for skincare products like:

  • - Soap-free gels
  • - Cleansing lotions and micellar water
  • - Light, oil-free day creams
  • - Zinc-based acne creams
  • - Seboregulating creams

Opt for makeup products like:

  • - Concealer
  • - Foundation (applied with your hands)
  • - Loose powder
  • - Non-greasy, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic products

ESSENTIAL HYGIENE

  • Cleanliness: first and foremost, wash your hands!
  • Regular care: acne should be treated morning, noon and night.
  • Avoid touching: we can’t say it enough, avoid touching your face (especially pimples) with your hands.

A 3-STEP PLAN FOR ACNE TREATMENT

  • 1- Cleanse. Start by rinsing your skin in lukewarm water. The heat will open the pores and allow for deep cleaning. Next, massage a gentle cleanser into the skin using circular movements, without over-rubbing. Rinse well. To remove even more impurities, use a gentle purifying scrub once or twice a week.
  • 2- Tone.Rub a cotton pad soaked in toner all over your face (except around the eyes) to tighten the pores and stop bacteria from spreading.
  • 3- Moisturize.This step is crucial. Why? Because if your skin is well moisturized, your sebaceous glands won’t produce excessive sebum. It’s best to choose a fluid moisturizer made for acne-prone skin, or a light and non-greasy cream.

  

Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60, 50 ml
La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 60, 50 ml

Weightless anti-shine gel-cream for face. Ultra-lightweight, very high protection gel-cream instantly mattifies skin and won’t clog pores. Minimizes shine for a fresh, clean-skin feel.

Advantage Acne Control 3-in-1 Foaming Wash, 240 ml
Clean & Clear

Advantage Acne Control 3-in-1 Foaming Wash, 240 ml

Helps cleanse, treat, and prevent.

Normaderm Deep Purifying Cleansing Gel, 400 ml
Vichy

Normaderm Deep Purifying Cleansing Gel, 400 ml
Keracnyl Control Cream, 30 ml
Ducray

Keracnyl Control Cream, 30 ml
Effaclar Duo+ Unifying Tinted Corrective Care, 40 ml
La Roche-Posay Effaclar

Effaclar Duo+ Unifying Tinted Corrective Care, 40 ml

Unifies the skin instantly, and reduces severe imperfections and marks for 24 hours.

Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation Broad Spectrum Lotion SPF 25
Dermablend Professional

Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation Broad Spectrum Lotion SPF 25
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How to fight acne

Is your skin prone to acne spots and blackheads? Here are some of the best acne treatments and products you can use, as well as lifestyle advice, to help limit breakouts.
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