The Recipe for Acne
The primary recipe for acne is keratinization + oil + bacteria + clogging. Dr. Valdez tells us, “The skin is in a constant state of cell turnover. Those skin cells go through a process of ‘keratinization,’ where they gradually move upwards from the epidermis until they reach the skin’s topmost layer, die, and eventually shed. One cause of pimples is an increase in that keratinization pattern.” The increased dead skin cells collect in the pore, trapping the body’s natural oil with it, and thereby clogging the pore. This results in inflammation, which results in pimples.
Is it Chocolates or Hormones?
So chocolates and pizza are not part of the equation? According to Dr. Valdez, “There is no relation between acne and eating chocolates, or oily stuff, or whatever food they say can make your skin oily and trigger acne.” An increase in hormone levels is what causes increased oil production from the oil glands, not the intake of food.
The keyword here is hormonal imbalance. Everyone naturally experiences periods of hormonal fluctuations at certain points in life. “There are just some people with increased hormone production. It’s an inherent thing,” she says. The same goes for another notorious acne culprit: stress. She adds, “Stress and lack of sleep? Totoo yun, they can trigger acne. When you’re stressed, your hormones get disrupted. Hormonal imbalance happpens. So that can also initiate breakouts. While hormones definitely contribute to triggering acne, it isn’t the only cause. It’s usually an interplay of many factors.”
The Doc Recommends…
Knowing the primary causes is good. But can you completely stop acne? “Unfortunately, if you’re acne-prone, there’s no avoiding it. You will get acne from time to time,” she says. “But of course, you can help your skin out so the acne is not aggravated. Wash your face, don’t sleep with your makeup on, get enough rest, enough sleep.”
You can start at home with products that have tea tree oil, which is known to have anti-bacterial properties but is gentle on the skin. But for real and lasting results, Dr. Valdez says it’s still best to consult a professional who will be able to recommend treatments that suit your particular concerns. That’s why you should make Facial Care Centre a part of your beauty regimen! It’s where you get thorough, professional facial treatments that have proven effective anti-acne ingredients.