The three most common questions I hear in my consultations when my clients first come to me about their skin concern;
1) Will I eventually outgrow acne?
Adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s can have acne just like teenagers, and the treatment principles remain the same.
Having clear skin as a teenager isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get acne later in life, for women that could mean breakouts during menopause or pregnancy. Basically, any hormonal imbalance can trigger acne in some people. What is true is that men typically outgrow acne, because after puberty male hormone levels become more balanced, while women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime. That’s why many women experience breakouts around their menstrual cycle and, for some, during or after menopause.
Acne is tricky enough on its own, but it can be made even worse by the abundance of misguided “treatment” advice blasted on the web and in magazines.
Acne can appear from unbalanced hormones, high inflammatory diet or unknown sensitivities. Remember, your skin in the largest organ so acne may be happening from something internal rather than external.
2) My makeup causes acne
Not if you’re taking it off correctly and consistently—there’s no research indicating that makeup or skincare products cause acne, and there is no consensus on which ingredients or mix of products are problematic.
Foundations are designed to stay on the top of skin; they don’t absorb into the pore and cause problems. But what can cause acne is not getting all of your makeup off at night. Rather than blame your breakouts on the makeup you’re wearing, blame it on being a bit too tired at night to follow your skincare routine. Make sure to use our Conditioning Makeup Remover to really get out everything before using your night cleanser and toner.
3) Blackheads can be washed or scrubbed away
Blackheads may make skin look dirty, but they are unrelated to dirt or to how often you wash your face. In fact, they can get worse with too much cleansing!
Blackheads develop when a clog forms within the pore and prevents oil and cellular debris from exiting the pore normally. As this clog nears the surface of the skin, the mixture of oil and cellular debris oxidizes and turns, black. Despite product claims that sound tempting, you cannot scrub away blackheads, at least not completely. Using a topical scrub removes the top portion of the blackhead, but does nothing to address the underlying cause, so they’re back again before too long.
Think of it like the difference between mowing over a weed instead of pulling it out of the soil, roots and all.
Instead of a scrub, professional exfoliation treatments that boost collagen and stimulate the cell turn overs such as the DIAMOND MICRODERMABRASION Facial or GLYCOLIC PEEL help exfoliate inside the pore lining, dissolving oil and dead skin cells that lead to constant blackheads and breakouts. In conjunction with KRISTYL COSMECEUTICALS and professional exfoliation treatments that include extractions, blackheads are greatly reduced and in some cases, eliminated.