What Causes a Pimple to Form?
Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores! Acne is caused by pores shedding dead skin cells much faster than normal! The acne prone pore sheds up to FIVE LAYERS of dead skin cells per day and the body just can’t keep up with it! This forms the microcomedone, or the beginning of all acne – it’s kinda like a baby pimple, in embryo. Taking up to 90 days, the microcomedone turns into blackheads or congestion under the skin. If bacteria is present (which just loves to feed on the dead skin cells and oil, YUMMY) it turns into inflamed pimples or pustules and may even cause cysts.
Sooo Why Won’t It Go Away?
There’s a good reason…you may have non-inflamed acne. We see it every day in the clinic and it’s like underground pebbles that gives your skin the bumpy uneven texture. They are STUBBORN and take longer to treat than inflamed acne because the top of the follicle is closed and sealed with layers and layers of dead skin cells. It’s so annoying and is usually the last to go bye-bye!
Your bathroom products like shampoos, conditioners, makeup and hairspray/gels contain comedogenic ingredients that penetrate deep into the follicle. Day after day, these ingredients will build up on the skin and into your pores. Don’t forget it took months to create these baby pimples and it can take months to clear them! And if it’s your product, you will be able to trace an outline around the hairline. You may even see some acne down your back, tracing the shampoo or other hair washing products run off. Does this sound familiar to you??
How Can I Get Rid of It and How Long Will It Take?
I won’t lie, non-inflamed build up is difficult to clear and is definitely NOT an overnight process, but with chemical and manual exfoliation, and with a few consistent changes, you’re on your way to healthier, less bumpy skin!
The first thing ya gotta do is take inventory of your products you’re using for your face and hair. Download this FREE comedogenic list here. Make sure your products do NOT contain any of the ingredients on this list.
If your facial products contain comedogenic ingredients from the list above, try these products instead!
If your hair or bath products contain comedogenic ingredients try these:
- SAL 3 Body Soap Bar
- Body wash for dry or sensitive skin
- Neutrogena T/Sal Shampoo
- Shampoo for oily hair
Shower Pro-Tip!!!! (Thank you Brie Ball for this insight!) When in the shower, FIRST use your shampoos/conditioner. NEXT use your medicated face wash, our favorite is from the FACE REALITY line (or regular face wash). It not only cleans your face, it removes leftover ingredients and products that otherwise would have stayed on the skin until your next shower!
What are Some Great at Home Exfoliators That Can Speed the Process Up?
Our favorites are:
- Face Reality Vitamin A Corrective Serum
- Face Reality Antioxidant Scrub
- GlyMed Anti-Aging Exfoliation Mask
- Cell Spa and Body Mitt
- Face Reality Sal-C Toner
- Face Reality Acne Med 5%
What In-Clinic Treatments Should I Try?
We recommend the Hydrafacial, enzyme therapy treatments, all Face Reality peels and the 5 berry, Salicylic Peel, and Vitamin A peel from GlyMed. You can book your appointment for these treatments here. If you are a first time client, we recommend a skin consultation so that we can determine your treatment and home product plan for the best results!
Other Suspects for Causing Hairline Acne are:
- Hats and headbands
- Wiping sweat with your sleeves or hands
- Makeup wipes
- Dirty pillowcases
- Touching your face
- Dirty phones
- Skincare with comedogenic ingredients
- Stress and hormone levels
- Lack of sleep
Do you have more questions about acne?
Clear skin is possible! With a few adjustments in lifestyle, switching a few products and habits could make all the difference! I want to help you whether you are here in Idaho or in another state!
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