Acne is a very common skincare problem that most of us have faced. It is an inflammatory skin condition that is caused due to a number of reasons. But, there is so much speculation about acne that it is very easy to get confused. We are here to help you get your acne facts straight and debunk common acne myths to help you zap your zits in the right way.
What is acne?
Acne is a genetic skin condition that gets triggered due to the combination of excess oil and dead skin cells. Our sebaceous glands pump out oil called sebum that keeps our skin moist. And in case of excess sebum production, this clogs follicles on your skin hence causing inflammation that becomes acne.
Types of acne
There are two categories of acne - inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Non-inflammatory results in ‘comedones' like whiteheads and blackheads as there is no infection or pain. Whereas, inflammatory acne is infected and therefore inflamed with an accumulation of dirt and impurities that clog pores resulting in painful acne.
If you have acne-prone skin, these are the types of acne that you might experience.
- Papules - inflamed and may appear red, can be extremely sensitive and painful to touch.
- Pustules - are inflamed and pus-filled and may appear white or yellow.
- Nodules - a severe form that develops under your skin and doesn’t have any pus.
- Cysts - severely inflamed and pus-filled acne that requires medical treatment.
Common acne myths you need to stop believing
Myth 1: Chocolates and pizzas lead to acne
Junk food is indeed unhealthy but gorging on chocolate is not the reason why you wake up to annoying pimples. Salt and sugar can increase oil production and can even worsen your skin condition but they can’t cause acne.
Myth 2: Acne only affects teenagers
Oh, we wish! It’s a myth because a lot of people experience acne in adulthood as well. They even get worse, all thanks to ongoing hormonal imbalances. Individuals in any age group can have acne as it has many trigger points. So, there’s no such thing as that acne occurs only in teenagers.
Myth 3: Acne-prone skin does not need a moisturizer
It is a common myth that moisturizing makes the skin more oily, but the opposite is true. It is an essential step that boosts the overall health of your skin, and is in fact, beneficial for reducing oiliness. Just make sure that you invest in a moisturizer that suits your skin type and skin issues. A gentle, mild and oil-free moisturizer won’t do any harm to your skin, we promise! Our Chialeader Oil Control Moisturizer delivers the right amount of hydration, without making skin greasy or oily.
Myth 4: Unclean skin leads to acne
The reason behind your acne lies in your body. Acne is defined as a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit of our skin. All the activities that take place in the gland are directly affected by the hormones. Therefore under certain circumstances, the gland gets increased in size and produces excess oil leading to the form of acne. Unclean skin can lead to acne and make sure you cleanse your skin at least twice a day. One shouldn’t over cleanse as it causes more oil production that leads to acne and breakout.
Myth 5: Makeup leads acne
Makeup can only cause acne when it is not removed properly. And makeup particles clog your pores along with dirt and sebum that leads to formation of whiteheads, blackheads and even pimples. If you use makeup regularly, give time to your skin to breathe at night. Ensure that every bit of your makeup is removed properly using Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Cleansing Balm that deep cleanses your skin while removing makeup and dirt followed by a Mon Cherry Brightening Foam Cleanser that removes final traces of dirt, long-wear makeup and impurities.
Myth 6: People with oily skin have acne
There’s no rule that only oily skin has acne as people with all different skin types can also suffer from acne. While oily skin can be especially prone to acne, dry or sensitive skin can also experience breakouts. The main fact is that no matter what your skin type is, you can still experience the overgrowth of bacteria that ultimately leads to acne.
Ingredients that help treat acne
Salicylic Acid: A type of BHA that comes enriched with exfoliating properties that sloughs away dead skin cells and helps in clearing out the pores. Salicylic acid helps to break down the oil that gets collected in your pores and unclog them. It helps to treat early stages of acne, like blackheads and whiteheads. Invest in Chialeader Zit Fix Serum that helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, minimizes the pore size, reduces excess oil to give your skin a spotless, clear and smooth skin
Tea Tree Oil: Known as an anti-inflammatory agent, Tea Tree Oil is used to treat acne and excess oiliness. The concentration of this oil helps to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads. Our Mama Cica Zit Away Treatment Patches are fast-acting, small and translucent acne patches are enriched skin healing ingredients like tea tree oil that is known for its skin purifying and soothing benefits and has the ability to calm your irritated skin.
Vitamin C: Loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C helps to fight acne, dark spots, uneven skin tone and texture. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help to heal acne and even your acne wounds. It helps to reduce skin inflammation and even redness associated with acne and pimples. And Yuzu range helps to tackle a lot of skin problems as it is a superfood with 3X more vitamin C than lemon. How about adding this superfood to your regime and getting rid of acne?
Kaolin & Bentonite Clay: Kaolin clay comes enriched with antibacterial properties that makes it useful to treat your acne. The minerals infused in these clay helps to remove contaminants, oils and secretions from your skin, It helps to serve as a cleansing and refreshing agent by absorbing impurities and even reducing the blemishes. Mon Cherry Brightening Pink Clay Mask comes packed with gentle kaolin and bentonite clays that purify your skin, unclog pores and remove excess sebum leaving your skin fresh and rejuvenated.
Now that you know that every type of bump comes with its own personality be it redness, puss-filled, whiteheads, each of them requires a different hero to tackle them. It’s time to add some of the products to your cart!