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Updated: Aug 18, 2022

August is the perfect time for a refresher on those pesky blemishes that always seem to pop up (or stubbornly remain) at the worst times. Let’s dive in to learn the most important tips to help prevent or minimise the appearance of blemishes.

Acne affects millions of people all over the world. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), acne affects 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 in some severity. It can even continue to affect people well into their 40s and 50s. Although acne is generally a harmless skin condition (at least physically), it can severely affect a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Raising awareness about acne can help reduce misinformation and also help people understand the consequences of dealing with acne. Though there is no cure for acne, there are a variety of both over-the-counter and prescription products that can help mitigate it. Taking excellent care of your skin is a good first step in helping to reduce acne lesions. Here are some Acne Awareness Month tips for dealing with acne.

Beware of Acne Myths

Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. Acne occurs when a hair follicle (pore) gets clogged with excess oil produced by hormones. Bacteria that live on the skin can then enter the clogged pore and cause inflammation.

Moreover, blackheads (a type of acne) are not dark coloured because of “dirt.” They develop this colour through oxidation of the oil in the pore. If you have acne, whether mild or severe, don’t think it’s because you don’t wash your face enough, or anything like that.

Use the Right Products

That all said, it is important to use the right products to help reduce lesions. You can do so with a cleanser that reduces excess sebum (oil) on the skin’s surface without over-drying. Ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can also be helpful. For example, Image Skincare’s Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser is an excellent choice because it includes salicylic acid as a key ingredient. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that has been shown to help reduce acne lesions. It works by helping to accelerate cell turnover so that dead skin cells shed more readily and don’t go on to clog pores. With this cleanser, skin becomes soft and clean without the dry, tight feeling that can sometimes accompany acne cleansers.

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