Acne is a very humbling skin condition because it can happen to anybody at any age!

It might be difficult to cure acne completely but it’s definitely possible to manage acne and keep it under control.

Acne management can be a bit of a hassle because there are so many different triggers for acne.

Here are some common triggers for acne:

  1. Diet:

A small percentage of people can develop acne as a result of what they eat.

For some people it might be fried food or chocolate or some other food that causes them to break out.

In this case, paying close attention to our food intake and generally sticking to healthy diet including fish, grains, green vegetables, fruits, fibre and water can help improve the skin.


  1. Hormonal system:

Acne is primarily caused by what happens inside of our body, therefore fluctuations in our hormones caused by adolescence or other hormonal changes in the body can result to acne breakout.

This is all due mostly as a result of the hormone androgen.

This hormone triggers excessive production of oil glands in the skin which can clog pores, form a plug that traps bacteria within the pores and eventually lead to acne.

Increased levels of androgen during adolescence can exacerbate this process, however there are other factors such as stress, pregnancy etc that can increase androgen level in the body apart from adolescence.


Helpful Tips for controlling acne:


  1. Realising that you have acne, in the first instance is a very important first step, especially if you have other problems with your face at the time.

Try to focus more on managing the acne before trying to deal with the discoloration or dark marks that the acne scar have left, so In choosing products, focus on acne products first before looking for blemish control or scar removing creams.

Or better still look for a product that can tackle both effectively at the same time like the BSN Clear skin serum with Azelaic acid which has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and skin lightening effects on the skin.


  1. Control Oily skin

Excess oil production is a chief culprit when it comes to acne development. Products containing more comedogenic oils might lead to blocked pores and increase the pimples.

Choosing your products carefully and choosing oil free or non-comedogenic products can help in this regard.

Clearly avoid using oily or greasy products that contain heavy oils and butters to smooth the skin.


  1. Cleansing

Effective and regular cleansing of the skin using mild, gentle and non-drying facial cleanser will help ensure that you remove any excess oil from the skin surface, leaving the skin free to breathe and preventing the formation of plugs in the pores, which may lead to acne.

Ensuring that the face is dry and clean most of the day is a very good, easy and inexpensive way to manage acne breakouts.


  1. Avoid Picking

Squeezing, picking and poking a pimple can cause more harm than good. This can lead to increase in inflammation and the dark marks and indentations that form as a result may be difficult to treat.

Picking is a sure way to damage the skin.


  1. Sun Protection

One of the ways acne affects the skin is by over stimulating the melanocyte cells in the body causing an increase in skin darkening.

When exposed to the sun unprotected, acne skin has more tendency to get even darker than skin without acne, which can lead to an excessive production of melanocytes that will increase the darkening and scarring of the face.


  1. Choosing the right products

If you are suffering from acne, its really important to choose your products more carefully to ensure that you are using the correct type of products and actives that will be beneficial to managing your acne long term.

Differentiating Body and Facial skin products is a good place to begin.

Getting a facial cleanser instead of using the same wash or bar you use all over your body for your face will give good results.

Also getting separate moisturisers for both the body and the face is a smart move.

When choosing products for acne skin, look for products that contain Alpha and Beta hydroxy acid like Lactic acid, willow bark extract, glycolic and especially salicylic acid.

Azelaic acid and retinol are also really effective for dealing with acne skin.

Azelaic acid is actually a very good acne active that has proven clinical records for dealing with both acne and acne scars effectively.

It’s also anti-inflammatory, so helps to deal with inflammation and redness.

It helps not only to treat the acne , but also helps in lightening and evening out the discoloration caused by the acne scars.

Finally, be sure to use only non-comedogenic products in your facial care.


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