Mirror, mirror on the wall, how can I get rid of acne once and for all?
Nothing can get under your skin more than inflamed acne. Swelling, pain, redness, discomfort, distress… You’ve been through it all, and nothing seems to keep these pimples from twinkling! Are you wondering how to get rid of inflamed acne and calm down the irritation? You’re on the right page. The Dermo Lab will reveal everything you need to know about this skin condition. So, read on and take notes!
What Causes Inflamed Acne?
If you want to handle inflamed acne effectively, you must first get to know the causes behind it.
According to Dr. Lama Costantine, there are four main factors that can cause inflamed acne:
1- Increased Oil Production: Overproduction of oil and sebum, especially on your forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders, where sebaceous glands are the most prominent.
2- Clogged Hair Follicles: The dermis (the inner layer of the skin) contains blood vessels and sebaceous glands, as well as hair follicles which can be clogged by excessive oil and dead skin cells.
3- Propionibacterium Acnes: Clogged pores by excess sebum make for a good environment where Propionibacterium acnes can grow and multiply, which can directly contribute to severe acne inflammation.
4- High Levels of Androgens: Increased androgen production stimulates the sebum production which might lead to clogged pores and red and swollen pimples.
Simple Steps to Treat Inflamed Acne
After looking at the causes behind inflamed acne, you’re only 3 steps away from getting rid of this frustrating condition:
1- Use a Cleanser for Oily Skin: Reducing excess oil and sebum production is the first crucial step. Opt for a face wash designed for oily skin. Its formula clears your clogged pores and deeply cleanses your face.
2- Apply Sunscreen and Sebum-Reducing Products: Sun rays are a main culprit when it comes to increasing acne inflammation! So, always make sure to apply a sunscreen specifically designed for acne-prone skin before going out. You can also rely on cleansers, masks and daily creams that reduce sebum production, limit secretions, and unclog your pores.
3- Lower your Carbohydrate Intake: Avoid eating food rich in carbohydrates as much as you can, because they trigger higher sebum production.
Medical Treatment for Inflamed Acne
After incorporating the previous 3 steps into your daily skin care routine, you’ll notice how far you’ve come. Yet, you can always supplement your routine with medical treatment, especially if acne causes you pain.
As Dr. Lama Costantine explains, medical acne treatment can be in the form of topical or oral medication and it is up to your dermatologist to decide which one is the best for your case, according to your age and acne severity.
If you have mild inflamed acne, go for topicals such as clindamycin, erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide.
For more severe cases, it is better to combine oral medications such as doxycycline, clindamycin, lymecycline and isotretinoin with topical treatments for optimal efficacy.
Without proper treatment, your skin condition will deteriorate. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Step up your daily routine and use the following products from Eau Thermale Avène, one of the most pioneering brands in the skin care field:
– Cleanance Cleansing Gel: This soap-free cleansing gel is a must-have over your counter! Thanks to its gentle ingredients, this product purifies your skin without drying it out, reduces sebum production, and keeps your face shine-free. Use it morning and night for a clear and matte skin!
– Cleanance Comedomed: Clear up your skin with this product specially formulated for acne-prone skin. Its light and fast absorbing texture reduces the appearance of pimples and blackheads and gives your skin a matte finish. Apply it on your face after cleansing, and let it work its magic on the blemishes and impurities. It has a proven efficacy from only 7 days of use.
– Very High Protection Fluid SPF 50+:As mentioned earlier, using a sunscreen specifically designed for acne-prone skin is part and parcel of your daily routine. So, we recommend you use this sunscreen with a fast-absorbing fluid texture that gives your skin a matte finish. You can truly rely on this sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays!