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Behind the Breakouts: Most Common Acne Types

Not all acne is created equally. Sure, they might look the same or feel the same, but the real diagnosis is a little more complicated than that. With various factors like hormones, lifestyle, and diet coming into play, it makes for different kinds of pimples that require their own plans of attack. Don’t just douse your face in tea tree oil or slap every spot with a pimple patch. Because in the skin care game, knowledge is power and the first step to treating your acne is knowing what exactly you’re dealing with first. Types of acne Whiteheads (aka closed comedones) : Small clogged pores caused by trapped oil and dead skin cells. You’ll know it by the white bump...

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Leaving Its Mark: Your guide to acne scars

As if having pimples isn’t tough enough, patients have to deal with the scars left behind. These marks usually take the form of skin discolorations, depressions, and lumps as a glaring reminder of the acne battle you fought. And just like actual pimples, scars can be just as disheartening. But though they can be incredibly stubborn to deal with, acne scars aren’t actually forever.Let’s get to know these marks and the best way to treat them. Dark and Red MarksAfter a blemish has run its natural course, it’s normal for it to leave brown (AKA hyperpigmentation) or red (AKA erythema) marks. This is just your body’s natural response to skin trauma, whether you pick a zit or get an accidental...

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What is Acne?

First of all, what is acne?From blackheads and pimples, to cysts and whiteheads — acne is a spectrum. People often think that it’s a normal part of life, especially when you’re a teenager, but acne is actually a chronic disease that happens deep within the pore. It also goes by the name of Acne Vulgaris, which sounds slightly scarier, but there’s no need to feel intimidated. Below, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of this condition and where it comes from. Do you have acne?Acne is almost always associated with those awkward puberty years. But while they’re certainly the majority, this doesn’t mean that your skin magically clears up once you hit adulthood.You’d be surprised how acne can...

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10 Sneaky Habits Causing You Acne

Because of overwhelming hormones and genetics, acne can often feel like an uncontrollable force. But even if you follow the no-fail “cleanse-tone-moisturize” rule, blemishes can still find their way to the surface. So if you already know the ins and outs of acne but are still struggling to understand why it won’t go away, perhaps you need to take a step back and examine your lifestyle. There are some sneaky habits that could be the cause for your breakouts without you even realizing it. Here are some that you might be guilty of. Touching your phone too muchNowadays, we’re pretty inseparable from our phones. You might even be reading this from your phone right now. But when was the last...

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10 Common Acne Myths, Debunked

Like any medical condition, there’s a lot of misinformation that surrounds acne. Some rumors claim that chocolate is a potential culprit, while others say that diet could be to blame. With all these myths, how can you tell fact from fiction? Is there any truth to these skin care beliefs? Below, we debunk some of the most common misconceptions so you can stop navigating the confusing interwebs for answers. Myth 1: Dirt causes pimplesAt one point or another, we’ve been told not to touch our faces with dirty hands or else we’ll get acne. But while there’s some truth to this warning, it’s not actually dirt that causes pimples. Pimples happen when pores become clogged with oil, and mix with...

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