Skincare: acne, and how you can get it to fuk off - part 1
So I’m doing a skincare post since some of you seemed to be into that idea! I’m gonna talk about acne because it’s something I have spent many years angsting over and most everyone has had it at some point, if not I’m mad at u 🌚
So most people know that acne comes from clogged pores: your pore is made up of a single hair and a sebaceous gland that releases sebum (oil) and sometimes the oil blocks the opening of the pore, then if dead skin cells get trapped in there, bacteria multiply and you get all kinds of nasty gunk. 👍
Lots of acne products are aimed at drying up the oil on your face so that your pores are clear, which is all well and good but a lot of the time, unless you have super oily skin, you’re gonna end up with a crusty dry face, so you gotta get be super gentle with it. Ur skin is a fragile bby and a smol bean and it just wants to be loved and all that. ALSO, if you use too many drying products your pores will start overcompensating with a whole bunch more sebum leavin you worse than where you started.
What you do want to do is gently clear out the shit in your pores and prevent more blockages from occurring, which means exfoliation (getting rid of the dead skin on your face) but NOT ALL EXFOLIATION IS MADE EQUAL. more on that later. When treated properly, mild/moderate acne goes away pretty quickly, most of the problem is that it’s made worse by irritation (herein lies most of my don'ts list)
So here is some stuff you should definitely NOT do to deal with your acne (many of these I have done, learn from my mistakes):
-Use a cleanser/toner/any skincare with a bunch of alcohol in it. You will know that it has a bunch of alcohol in it because it will be near the top of the ingredients list. You are looking for SD alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or alcohol denat. That shit will dry up and damage your skin, it’s gonna be stressing out and making your acne worse. (There are other kinds of alcohols which are ok but I’ll leave that for another post) If you can, get something that says alcohol free, but otherwise something with alcohol low on the ingredients.
-Exfoliate your face with a physical scrub/harsh cloth/face brush - this is not only a less effective form of exfoliation than chemical exfoliation (more later) but it will irritate your acne, spread bacteria around and sometimes leave little cuts in your skin (eg. St Ives apricot scrub) because the grains are too sharp. Also those little plastic bead scrubs are bad for the environment so don’t use those.
-Pick your spots. Hahahaha….haha.ha… If you know me you know that I probably pick my spots more than anyone in the world, but for real, if you can, try not to touch em. It just pushes the dirt deeper in and things get infected and scar and it’s just a bad time for everyone.
- Put really alkaline/acidic stuff on your skin because Pinterest told you to. IM LOOKIN AT U TOOTHPASTE. Also: lemon & baking soda. Anything that looks like it should be a cleaning product. Your skin has a nice little barrier at about pH 5.5 that protects you from bacteria and irritants and if you fuck with it too much you’re just playing yourself. And getting a crusty, UV-vulnerable face.
-Put really hot water on your face to ‘open’ your pores. I mean I could go into how pores don’t open and close but I’m not gonna be that bitch today. A gentle steam can sometimes be good to loosen the dirt in your pores before a facemask, but if you go splashing hot water or holding hot washcloths on your face you can scald your face and dry out your skin, as well as running the risk of bursting capillaries under the skin which can’t be undone.
I’m gonna wrap it up here cause this post is getting super long but if this all seems a lot to take in don’t panic!! I will make a post soon about what you CAN do to deal with your evil acne.
Wishing u all happiness and good skin ❤️