A five point Guide on Acne for Beginners
Acne is one of the most common skin concerns among teenagers and even for people in their twenties. Since it is such a common concern, there are many misconceptions regarding it too. In this article, I will be sharing all the basic framework of knowledge which is necessary to begin your acne journey, and also some mistakes I committed and things I wish I knew few years ago.
- Acne can’t be cured
This point comes as a disclaimer that every YouTube video with titles like “cUrE yOuR aCnE iN 1 wEeK” should come with. No matter what you do to your skin, the costly or fancy products you buy, the number of steps in your skincare routine, the dermatologist and Esthetician you go to, you cannot “cure” acne. You can only “CONTROL” your acne. one need to switch in lifestyle, diet and proper skincare to keep acne at bay.
- Washing your face 4596894589589 times a day won’t solve your problems
Proper hygiene is a basic etiquette but lack of it has very little to do with chronic acne problems. Washing your face twice a day, keeping your clothes, bed-sheets, pillow covers, blankets and towels clean and washing your makeup brushes is enough to prevent acne caused by contact of dust and microbes. Cleaning your face frequently throughout the day can strip natural oil and that will irritate skin and will aggravate the problem.
- Choose a gentle cleanser
Washing your face regularly with foaming and gel cleansers in order to remove all traces of sebum seems logical when you learn that excess sebum is one of the most common causes of acne. But stripping your skin and not replenishing it later(the next point) will lead to over production of sebum and cause even more acne! Choose a gentle cleanser and don’t overuse it. Also, double cleanse with an oil or balm when wearing makeup.
- You should not skip moisturizer
Replenishing the skin is important. Even if you have oily skin, you should moisturize your face. Using a suitable product will help on calming down acne and controlling the sebum production. Many people freak out by the thought of it, but facial oils are great for oily and acne prone skin. We are basically tricking the skin onto lowering its sebum production by making it think that “yahan to already tel hi tel he”
Look for facial oils with a comedogenic (pore clogging) rating of zero like argan oil, grape seed oil, etc. Look for keywords like “cold pressed” or ”undiluted” etc to insure good quality.
- Sunscreen is a must
Many people skip sunscreens, have fear of the “chemicals” in them and other misconceptions or use a very tiny amount or a very low SPF another worst is DIY SUNSCREEN!!!!
First of all, sunscreens go through various regulations and are completely safe, there are even more gentle options for kids, pregnant or lactating women, and people with very sensitive skin in general. There is a sunscreen formulated and textured for EVERYONE.
Sun damage doesn’t just cause tanning. It causes hyper-pigmentation, and increase sebum productions among many other major damages like premature aging. So using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50+(30 or more is the minimum requirement) and a rating of PA+++(atleast) is recommended to prevent sun damage. Your regular cotton dupatta wrapped on your face won’t block the UVA and UVB rays.
That’s a wrap!!!
Guest post by Ayesha
Edited by asfa.