Everyone suffers an acne breakout from time to time. But some people have more acne-prone skin than others for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s due to lifestyle, environmental factors, poor diet, or even a lack of a proper skincare routine. Other times, it can be caused by a genetic predisposition to acne-prone skin.
Regardless of the reason, acne breakouts can happen at the worst possible times like right before a first date, on your prom night, or even on your wedding day. Luckily, there are a few effective preventative and treatment options that can help you better manage acne-prone skin and get it under control once and for all.
What Causes Acne Breakouts?
Acne can leave behind permanent unattractive scarring on the skin if left untreated for too long. Scarring isn’t as big of a problem if it’s on a part of the body that can easily be covered up (e.g. the arms or chest), but most people don’t want permanent acne scars on their face.
To understand how to effectively treat acne, you need to first get down to the bottom of the root cause.
Acne occurs when the hair follicle pores on your skin are blocked with oil, dirt, and sebum buildup (a waxy and oily substance that’s found on the skin and naturally produced by the body). This causes an inflammatory response on the surface of the skin, otherwise known as pimples or zits.
Blockage of the pores can take on the following forms:
- Pore blockage caused by makeup, also known as acne cosmetica
- Pore blockage due to improperly exfoliated dead skin cells
- Excessive oil or sebum levels, since oil feeds acne
- Hormonal imbalances, particularly (although not limited to) adolescents and teenagers
- Oily moisturizer
- Broken skin barrier
- High humidity levels and sweat that blocks the pores
- High stress levels
- Side effects caused by certain medications that alter hormone levels
- Food triggers/unhealthy diet
- The presence of bacteria in addition to the previously mentioned types of blockage
As you can see, there is no one singular cause of acne breakouts. Acne can be caused by a number of factors and it comes in many forms including whiteheads, blackheads, spots, and pimples.
Typically, acne appears on the forehead, cheeks, chin, chest, upper-back, and shoulders. Bacteria thrive on oily and dirty surfaces such as skin, which is often exposed to all kinds of external environmental contaminants that can clog the pores and cause inflammation on a regular basis. People with sensitive or dry, oily skin are more prone to developing acne. Essentially, congestion of the pores coupled with other external factors plays a key role in acne, pimple, and spots breakouts on the skin.
We have seen an increase on facial acne due to prolonged use of facial mask.
What Can You Do to Control Acne-Prone Skin and Prevent Future Breakouts?
Start off by implementing a solid at-home skincare regimen that’s custom-tailored specifically for your skin type. Whether you have dry, sensitive, or oily skin, you need to find the right balance of skincare products and procedures that are designed to treat the conditions that you’re dealing with.
First, you need to identify the exact type of acne that you have. There are five main types of acne:
Contrary to popular belief, teenagers aren’t the only people who can get acne. Many people go through their entire adolescence without getting so much as a tiny dot on their faces but are then plagued with adult acne as they get older.
There are a lot of reasons that this can happen. Some people are late bloomers and reach puberty a few years later than their peers. For others, physical changes, poor eating habits, and even being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can increase the production of sebum in their bodies, which leads to oily skin and acne as a result.
Whatever your skin type is, there are effective acne control methods available to help you achieve the beautiful, clear skin you want. It may take a little bit of trial and error or experimenting with different acne treatment products and procedures, but it is possible to improve your skin’s appearance. Here are a few skincare tips you should follow.
- Exfoliate properly. Exfoliation is a deep cleansing process that thoroughly removes all dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, leaving your pores fresh and clean.
- Drink eight glasses of water each day. Drinking lots of water throughout the day, especially when exercising or engaging in heavy physical activity, keeps your body hydrated and reduces dryness in the skin.
- Cleanse your skin daily. Wash your face every morning when you wake up and every evening before going to bed. This will help clear out all of the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that collect on your face during the day and while you sleep.
- Control sebum levels. A moderate amount of sebum is actually good for your skin and helps keep it soft. But too much sebum can clog your pores and cause your skin to get too oily. You can control your sebum levels by washing your face regularly to remove dirt and oil, pat your face dry (don’t rub), apply a non-greasy moisturizer, use an alcohol-free toner, use a hydrating facial mask at least once a week.
- Control the bacteria population. Apply a warm compress to the affected area at least twice a day to steam out the bacteria. You can also apply an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide cream or AlumierMD Spot Clearing Lotion. Most importantly, maintain your cleanliness habits and avoid touching your face as much as possible. Bacteria, dirt, and oil are easily transferred from the hands to the face.
- Pay attention to environmental and lifestyle factors. While you don’t always have control of your surroundings and external factors your skin is exposed to, there are some steps you can take to reduce exposure to acne-causing bacteria. Reduce the amount of sugary, greasy foods in your diet as these are highly inflammatory. Eat healthy foods with lots of vitamins and minerals that keep your skin glowing and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
What Treatments Are Available for Acne-Prone Skin?
Barring all of the abovementioned at-home personal skincare treatments and regimen options, sometimes acne-prone skin is just stubborn. Additional professional skin treatment may be necessary. In that case, the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic offers a number of effective and affordable acne treatments that can get rid of your pimples and spots and eliminate the risk of scarring in the process, usually in only just four weeks.
We offer the following acne treatment options to our clients.
Spectra Peel Acne Treatment in Toronto
Get the Hollywood superstar treatment with our non-invasive and non-surgical Spectra Peel procedure. A Spectra Peel treatment is ideal for anyone who has stubborn lingering acne and mild scars called PIHP which stands for Post Inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation of acne. It effectively eliminates acne using a proven three-step process.
- A safe and effective laser treatment is used to break up excess pigmentation or PIHP.
- The dead skin cells are removed.
- Then the dermis is gently heated to reduce bacteria and shrink the sebaceous glands, in order to have normal sebum production which will reduce from oily skin to normal.
A Spectra Peel is a safe and effective laser therapy treatment that performs a deep cleansing and removal of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the skin. This treatment removes the outermost layer of the epidermis without resulting in complications like ablative alterations. Another bonus is that there’s no downtime needed for this procedure, which means you can get it done quickly in a single afternoon and then carry on with your normal activities.
The end result is immediately noticeable, stunning, radiant, smooth, and clear skin free of acne pimples, and spots. Your skin will look and feel completely rejuvenated with long lasting results.
The effectiveness of a Laser Spectra Peel is equivalent to six chemical peels, with a much reduced risk.
Alternatively, you could also get a chemical peel. Essentially this procedure removes dead skin cells and other impurities that are clogging up your pores. The objective is to create an even skin tone and pigmentation and reduce the appearance of acne scars, large pores, and age-related skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles. However, this treatment requires often repetition at a certain frequency.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we specialize in various grades of glycolic acid and AlumierMD medical peels. This treatment can be custom-tailored to accommodate your specific skin treatment needs. Chemical peels treat a variety of skin conditions including oily, acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and dryness to name a few.
We start off by carefully cleaning the skin and then applying the glycolic acid or the medically grade peel for about 10 minutes. If necessary, depending on the type of peel selected, a neutralizer solution is applied and left on the face for up to five minutes.
To refresh the skin a gel or collagen mask is applied for an additional ten minutes. Then the face is carefully cleansed to remove the mask together with the neutralized peel solution and dead skin cells, revealing soft and smooth skin.
The cost of both of these treatments can vary based on a number of factors including the number of sessions and the treatment strength required.
For more information, you can speak to one of the skincare experts at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. We’re always available to answer your questions regarding our clinical skincare treatments. Book your consultation today.