Skincare: What’s Acne? Can You Exfoliate Cystic Acne?

Before I can answer this question, it is importend to know what is acne.

Acne is a collective name of any, different skin conditions, which are to all to recognize the occurrence of pimples.

Acne Vulgaris (Latin name) or ‘youth pimples’ is most common on the face , neck, shoulders, upper arms, and is based on an excessive production of sebum, causing blackheads occur


Acne Pimplecause Yakymour

In this congested and dilated sebaceous glands is the bacterium Propionibacterium Acnes which evokes irritants produces and inflammatory symptoms caused. Red nodules, which appear after infection with Staphylococcus aureus purulent pustules and abscesses especially on face, neck and can also occur on the back and upper arms. Acne starts approximately at the onset of puberty. This is often worse for men than for women. The excessive sebum production is stimulated by the male hormones (androgens).

The Propionibacterium is a bacterium that is commensal and falls under the ‘ resident flora ‘ of the skin. It ‘joins’ us on and deep in our skin from birth. The bacteria lives on fatty acids in tallow. He is able to produce enzymes that can break down skin tissue, and thereby damages cells of sebaceous glands. This creates a path for other bacteria, such as Staphylococcus Epidermidis and Staphylococcus Aureus. At this moment Cystic Acne starts…


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Shiseido Purness Deep Cleansing Foam

Cystic Acne is notorious for causing scarring. In fact, we strongly suggest you avoid picking at or attempting to pop cystic acne outbreaks for this very reason. Staphylococcus bacteria can spread very easily and very quickly. Especially when resistance is reduced.

I would like to advise when you have ‘active acne’ go to a cosmetologist who is specialized in treating acne (once in 4 – 6 weeks). To visit a cosmetologist for treatment may be the best advise. But what for the rest of the period? Or the cost? Here some tips and ‘knows’ for at home…

Exfoliating F ace Skin Woman Yakymour

Exfoliating is a real holy grale, put please, not on a acitve acne skin (Click photo to enlarge).

You should also be careful about how you exfoliate. Generally speaking, you don’t want to use an exfoliating scrub (normally an excellent tool for refining the skin, is less pimpels) when you have an active acne breakout of any type. However, you should definitely exfoliate; this step is crucial in helping to prevent acne. But how?

Shiseido Pureness Pore Purifying Warming Scrub

Shiseido Pureness Pore Purifying Warming Scrub

Use a chemical exfoliant (ask your cosmetologist) to dissolve the sticky bonds between dead skin cells.

Many brands have special products in their range. Some of them, like Clarins, Shiseido, Clinique have a whole line where all products support each other. Many of them ‘fight’ the Propionibacterium, to bring them in balance again, and keep sebaceous thin, in order to prevent blockage of the pores. Some cleansers use Glycolic Acid, for example, its a natural alpha-hydroxy acid made from sugar cane.

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Acne-prone and love a good granule scrub? Just hold off during breakouts, you can resume using your favorite scrub when things have cleared up!

Other tip: using hairgel? Wash it out, everyday! Every one or two days: a clean pillow case!

……if you have any questions, please ask!

by Jean Amr