Painful, red and difficult to disguise, acne is often a downer in many women’s lives. And the annoyance intensifies when the skin is prone to manifestations of blackheads and pimples. If this is your case, keep calm, acne is treatable! Dermatologist Lilia Guadanhim (CRM SP 133850 | EQR 38658) explains about acne-prone skin and clarifies some doubts. Check the article!
What is acneic skin
According to Dr Lilia, “the term acne-prone skin refers mainly to skin prone to acne and blackheads”, which refers to a dysfunction in the production of the sebaceous glands, which ends up clogging the pores and causing constant inflammation in the skin.
The doctor also explains that the identification of this type of skin occurs through a “clinical analysis, during consultation with her dermatologist”, and reveals a curiosity: “although most acne patients have oily skin, there are patients with normal and even drier and with blackheads and inflammatory lesions. These cases are generally more challenging.”
In addition, the dermatologist says that not all cases of acne-prone skin require medication in their treatment, and what will require the use of medications such as Roaccutane, some types of antibiotics and contraceptives is the degree of acne. According to Lilia, “the range of acne treatments is huge and can only include a proper skincare routine, use of topical medications and, in some cases, the use of oral medications. The severity of the condition, previous treatments, the presence of acne scars, skin tolerance, all of this must be considered when choosing the treatment”.
Acne skin features
Although each skin has its individual characteristics, acne-prone skin can present some specific aspects. Check out some of them below:
- Presence of comedones (blackheads): which appear more often in the face region. In addition, according to the dermatologist, blackheads “can be open (blackheads) or closed (whiteheads)”.
- Inflammatory lesions: which are elevations on the skin, with or without pus, “such as pustules, nodules and cysts”, explains the specialist.
- Enlarged pores: with the increase in sebum production, the accumulation of fat in the skin ends up increasing the size of the pores. They are usually most noticeable in the T-zone, which encompasses the forehead, nose, and chin.
- Usually mixed or oily skin: precisely because of the dysfunction in the sebaceous glands, acneic skin usually has excessive oil, especially in the T zone, which contributes to the presence of blackheads and pimples.
Despite having common characteristics, as previously mentioned, each skin has its particularities. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult a dermatologist to analyze your skin type and find the most effective treatment for you.
How to care for acne skin
Now that you know a little more about this type of skin, you need to learn about the best care, after all, according to Dr. Lilia “despite being extremely common, acne is a skin disease that has treatment and must be treated”. Check out some tips given by the expert:
Do not use products that dry out the skin.
Due to the excessive production of oil in this type of skin, there is a tendency to search for products that leave the skin dry. However, the specialist warns that “most patients associate super dry skin with better acne control and this is not true”, this is because with extremely dry skin, the body understands that it needs to increase the production of oil, which consequently generates a rebound effect.
Cleanse the skin properly
Precisely because of the greater production of the sebaceous glands, acne-prone skin requires more careful hygiene, to unclog the pores and avoid inflammation and even infections. Lilia also emphasizes that “choosing a gentle sanitizer that cleans without harming is a super important step”, and advises “abandon abrasive soaps, tonics, astringents, exfoliants…
hydrate the skin
Here’s a controversy for people with oily skin, who so much want dry skin. “Don’t be afraid to moisturize your skin. Oily and hydrated skin are very different concepts”, says the dermatologist. When we hydrate the skin, the body understands that it does not need to produce as much sebum, in the same way that it produces too much sebum when it perceives the skin to be dry, that is, adequate hydration can even improve excess oil. Another important factor is that “non-greasy moisturizers improve the skin barrier and increase tolerance to other products”, explains Lilia.
Some people may even wonder what sunscreen has to do with acne, and Dr Lilia explains: “in addition to protecting against skin cancer and wrinkles, in this case it reduces the risk of blemishes and acne”, that is, it it is essential even for acne-prone skin care. “Choose products with lighter textures, which have an anti-oil effect and are specific for the face. Colored filters are especially interesting if there are acne blemishes”, says the doctor.
Don’t pick the blackheads and pimples
“Never poke or squeeze your skin”, advises the dermatologist very punctually. In fact, this is one of the main tips for acne skin care. That’s because, by squeezing a pimple, you can end up hurting the skin and generating scars and blemishes and even contributing to a bacterial infection and aggravation of acne. And Lilia also says that “it’s much better to use makeup to hide acne than to pick at the lesions”.
Homemade recipes do not replace dermocosmetics
Some homemade recipes can even bring good results to the skin, but Lilia advises: “don’t waste time with homemade recipes and don’t wait for acne to improve on its own. The sooner she is treated the better.” All because homemade recipes do not reach the deepest layers of the skin, precisely because they do not have pharmacological assets and technology necessary for an effective treatment.
Every skin is a skin
As mentioned before, each skin has its characteristics and particularities, so each one of them will require different substances and nutrients. And that’s exactly why the doctor emphasizes “don’t use what your friend uses! Every skin is a skin and has different needs.” So always look for a dermatologist, which brings us to the last tip…
go to the dermatologist
You can know your skin like no one else, but nothing dispenses with a clinical analysis done with a specialist. With the different demands, the types of treatment are varied and “the dermatologist is the specialist doctor who will help you choose the best treatment for your case”, explains Lilia. In addition, clinical follow-up, according to the doctor, “greatly increases the effectiveness of the treatment. And you save money because you don’t lose focus by buying what’s not essential and don’t waste it on what won’t be cool for you.”
Have a care routine
Acne skin care should be performed daily. That’s because they assist in reducing sebum production and also in the proliferation of germs and bacteria. The basic step-by-step, according to Dr. Lilia, is “hygiene, hydration and photoprotection”, however, she always consults her dermatologist to find out which products are most suitable for her case and even know other types of treatment.
It’s interesting to understand how the body reacts to certain situations and even understand the particularity of each skin, isn’t it? Insert these tips into your daily life, consult a dermatologist and live the dream of healthy skin.
The best acne skin products
The treatment of acneic skin demands the use of quality products, which have differentiated formulas and which take care of the deeper layers of the skin. We have selected some of the most famous and recommended, but always remember to consult your dermatologist. Check it out below:
1. Actine Face Soap, Darrow – $$
There’s nothing like washing your face and feeling clean and hydrated skin, right? And that’s exactly the effect of this facial soap. The product contains salicylic acid, aloe vera extract and mint lacto and promises to unclog pores, control oiliness, not dry out the skin and reduce the appearance of blackheads and pimples.
“This soap has a very nice, soft smell. It has an almost liquid gel consistency. It performs well, it cleans the skin well in a gentle way, without leaving the skin tight, or dry, or sometimes even burning, no. It cleanses gently. It is important to say that it is a soap for oily and acne-prone skin, but it does not have a rebound effect on the skin. Like I said, it doesn’t tighten the skin, so it doesn’t make the skin more oily afterwards.” – Sabrina Olivetti
2. Blemish Cleansing Gel, SkinCeuticals – $$
From SkinCeuticals’ famous line of treatment for oily and acne-prone skin, this product is a powerful cleanser. With the promise of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, reducing oiliness and unclogging pores, Blemish Cleansing Gel has glycolic acid, salicylic acid and LHA in its composition.
“I found it to be very helpful in controlling pimples. It leaves my skin feeling dry for a long time, but it doesn’t leave that tight feeling.” – Bruna Guedes
3. Mandelic Acid, Creamy – $$
With mandelic acid and alpha-butin in its composition, this Creamy product acts as a chemical exfoliant and has a powerful anti-acne action, as it has antibacterial properties. In addition, the brand promises sebum-regulating action, aid in collagen production and reduction of spots caused by pimples and the sun.
“One thing I really like about this acid is that it has a bactericidal action. Look how crazy, girl. Yes, it has a bactericidal antiseptic action, which is why it is very suitable for those with acne-prone skin.” – Joyce Kitamura
4. UV Oil Defense, SkinCeuticals – $$$
High protection factor, oil control, comfortable texture and finish that adapts to the skin, that’s what SkinCeuticals says about this sunscreen. The product has exclusive brand technology, which promises to adapt to the skin with an imperceptible coverage.
“My impression is that when SkinCeuticals wanted to make this protector, they said ‘people, focus on the finish, I want a protector that nobody can complain about the finish’, so much so that even on the packaging they put ‘imperceptible touch’, no it is neither dry touch nor mattifying, no. It’s imperceptible!” – Luciana Vila
5. Antiacne Cleanance Comedomed Serum, Avène – $$$
If you want a product that reduces acne breakouts, this one can help. Made with a dermocosmetic technology patented by Avène, this serum has 100% vegetable actives and the famous thermal water of the brand. The product has powerful anti-acne action that…
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