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Why am I still getting blemishes at my age

I'm still getting blemishes at my age...help!

I was recently asked, "What causes acne and why am I still getting pimples at my age?" Seems like a simple question, right? It's not. There are a number of reasons we still get breakouts. Let's look at a few examples and do some myth-busting too!
The most common acne are whiteheads and blackheads --also referred to as comedones, and non-inflammatory acne. They are typically caused by trapped sebum or bacteria in our pores.

While not necessarily caused by "dirty" skin, a proper cleansing routine

of cleansing twice daily with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer will go a long way in reducing the number of breakouts and help to heal them faster. 

Myth Buster

Many people with oily, blemish-prone skin worry about using any moisturizer, but would never dream of using an oil-based product.

Oil-based products will actually help balance the sebum in your skin and help your skin from over-producing more sebum

Remember to always cleanse and tone your skin before you apply your moisturizer. If your skin isn’t clean before you apply your moisturizer, all the dirt and toxins on your skin will remain blocked in your pores! 

Don't panic if a breakout happens when you begin detoxing your skin witha new skincare line

It isn't unusual to have a small breakout when switching to an organic product line and oil-based products. Don't panic and think oil based is not for you. Keep using the products as instructed and you will notice the breakout quickly goes away and your skin looks better and more clear than ever, with less future breakouts.

Myth: The sun heals my acne

Contrary to popular belief, sunbathing and tanning salons aren't healing your acne, it's actually making it worse. What happens is, as your face gets red from the sun, it makes any breakouts you might already have blend in, creating the appearance of clearer skin. But what's really going on is the sun is causing your skin to dry out and triggering more oil production, which can lead to more zits.

Acne Culprits

Rosacea - Acne-like breakouts can occur with rosacea-primarily on and around the nose, cheeks and forehead. They typically begin to happen between the ages of 30-50. 

What can you do?

  • avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen
  • avoiding drinking alcohol
  • using lasers and light treatment to help with some severe cases of rosacea
  • Use an alcohol-free, natural skincare line. 

Hormonal changes and acne 

Hormonal changes at adolescence can trigger a process of higher sebum production and lead to breakouts.

For women, hormonal changes relating to pregnancy or the menstrual cycle can also trigger acne. Falling estrogen levels may increase the risk of acne around menopause.

What can you do?

Use cleanserswith Activated Charcoal.

    • Activated charcoal helps acne by absorbing sebum, bacteria, pus, pollution, dead cells and impurities.
    • Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice daily with organic skincare.
    • Avoid foods with a high glycemic index--simple carbohydrates, found in white bread, chips, and white potatoes, and sugary drinks.

More severe forms of acne 

Nodules and cysts are considered inflammatory type acne, are more serious and should be treated by a doctor.

Nodules are hard, painful, inflamed lumps located deep within the skin. This type of acne lesion develops when clogged pores damage tissues and cells deep beneath the skin's surface.

Always see a doctor or dermatologist about nodules and cysts because these require medical care.

Untreated nodules and cysts and those that have been picked or popped can cause scarring.

Have you noticed changes in your skin? More pimples?

 

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