Acne is one of the most challenging skin conditions to treat and deal with. Even though we can typically pinpoint what is causing acne, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to get rid of. Unfortunately, acne is one of those skin conditions that can really get out of control. It’s not predictable, and it can come out of nowhere. There is also a wide variety of things that can cause acne, which is another reason why it’s so difficult to treat.
Acne: Most Common Problem
Did you know that acne is the most common skin condition in the United States? Fifty million people are affected by acne every year. And 15% of adult women will have acne even throughout their 30s and 40s. This means it’s not just something that affects teenagers going through puberty. You can have acne at any stage of your life, which can be so frustrating. Some people might just get a pimple here and there, but some people suffer from chronic acne that is much more severe.
For many people, having acne can cause a huge blow to their confidence. Even though it is totally normal and nothing to be ashamed of, it can be really stressful to deal with. That’s why we want to talk about some things you can do to help clear up acne and regain your confidence. Again, we want to stress that there is nothing wrong with having acne! But everyone wants to feel comfortable in their skin, and for most people, that means having clear skin.
In this article, we will discuss a few different topics regarding acne. We will address what causes acne, what can trigger acne, and things you can do to help clear up your acne. If your acne is severe, we always recommend you go see your dermatologist for more personalized advice. We will also talk about how KENZZI can be helpful in your journey to clearing up your skin with our microdermabrasion tool! Check out our ultimate guide to acne removal.
What Causes Acne?
There are actually multiple things that cause acne. Generally, though, for acne to form, your hair follicles have to become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It’s what leads to this hair follicle clogging that differs. There are also three main different types of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. With all of the different types and different causes, it’s easy to see why it’s so difficult to treat and address acne.
There are four main causes of acne, which can all be triggered by different things that vary from person to person. The four main causes are excess sebum production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, and inflammation. Under each of these main categories, there are various subcategories. Each subcategory is diagnosed, addressed, and treated differently than the other subcategories. This is why it is best to see a dermatologist who specializes in acne to help you with your course of treatment.
Hormones and Inflammation
When it comes to adult acne, the two biggest causes are hormones and inflammation. Again, these are difficult to treat because there are so many different causes of hormone fluctuations and inflammation. For example, pregnancy causes a change in hormones and can either clear up or cause acne, depending on how the hormones fluctuate. Another example is stress, which releases the stress hormone cortisol. This causes inflammation in the body that, in some situations, can lead to acne.
There are countless things that can cause inflammation, and everyone’s body reacts differently. A common response to inflammation can be acne. There are also many issues that can cause hormone fluctuations, including puberty or the overproduction of either estrogen or testosterone. Adult acne is not fun to deal with, and it can be even harder to treat than teenage acne at times. There are different courses of action depending on each individual case of acne.
Does Diet Affect Acne?
Yes, your diet can affect whether or not you have acne or acne flare-ups. Some people do not think there is a connection between what you eat and the condition of your skin. However, there is actually a lot of evidence that suggests healing your gut and eating anti-inflammatory foods can do wonders for your skin. If your gut is producing too much bad bacteria and not enough good, this can cause reactions in the skin (such as acne). Thankfully, your diet can help to reset the microbiome of your gut.
Taking probiotics is a great idea to try and reset your gut. Probiotics and prebiotics help with healing the gut lining and evening out the amount of bad and good bacteria. If your balance is out of whack, calming it down can help to relieve symptoms. Acne is just one of the symptoms you might experience, so it’s worth trying to help your whole body, and not just your skin. It’s important to note that you should try small amounts of probiotics to start and see how your body reacts until working your way up to the full amount.
Another thing to consider is how many inflammatory foods you are eating. There are foods that are universally inflammatory, but there are also foods that are only inflammatory to certain individuals. For example, if you have a gluten sensitivity and eat a lot of gluten, this can result in acne. Any sort of food sensitivity can result in acne because that is your body’s way of telling you that it is inflamed. Foods that are inflammatory for everyone include dairy (especially cow’s milk) and any sort of greasy, fried, or processed food.
If you start noticing more and more breakouts, try cutting out inflammatory foods to improve your skin. You can also get tested to see which foods are specifically inflammatory to you and then cut those out. Then, add in the probiotics to reset your gut and calm it down. You can take probiotics in a capsule form, or you can also get them through your food. Probiotic foods include anything fermented (such as kimchi), kombucha, and yogurt.
What Treatments Help Acne?
Once you address acne removal internally, you can also start to address it externally through treatments and products. You should use any products your dermatologist prescribes to you topically (or orally, such as antibiotics or other medicines) and figure out a skincare routine that works for your skin. There are a lot of products that are specifically made for calming acne down and clearing it up. After you figure those things out, you can start to focus on more aggressive and effective treatments.
One great treatment that helps to clear up acne is microdermabrasion. This is an amazing treatment that can help address most causes of acne. It works to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and suction away various impurities. All of these things can lead to inflammation in the skin, and therefore acne. The only problem is, microdermabrasion treatments can get expensive at the dermatologist.
Thankfully, KENZZI came up with a solution for that. We created the best at-home microdermabrasion device that is just as effective but costs a fraction of the price. Our handheld device does wonders for renewing the skin, clearing up breakouts, and preventing future ones from happening. This device is much more gentle on the skin when compared to in-office treatments but equally as effective. This means it is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
And, not only does it help with acne removal, but it also helps to stimulate collagen. It does this by improving blood circulation and accelerating new tissue growth. This means it’s a great device to have on hand that helps to address multiple different skin concerns. It works on all types of acne, but it is especially helpful for sucking out blackheads that can lead to pimples.
Acne is tricky to deal with, and we get how frustrating it can be and how upsetting it can feel at times. But you are not alone; most people will deal with acne in some form in their lifetime. And while it can be difficult to treat, the good news is you do have options. Addressing your diet, getting a good skincare routine, seeing a dermatologist, and trying microdermabrasion is your best bet at clearing your skin up and removing acne. Thankfully, KENZZI offers an affordable and effective microdermabrasion device that you can use at home!