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Do you ever feel that your stress, anger or frustrations about acne are pooh-pooed just because you have a mild case? Maybe 2 to 5 blemishes a month?
So not fair!
No matter who you are, no matter how little acne you have, your concerns deserve respect and understanding.
The fact is, you’re in good company.
About 70% of the thousands of clients I’ve worked with have mild acne. The rest have moderate acne, except for a very small percentage of those with severe cases.
In fact, when I had acne, it was fairly mild, though persistent. Every month, I broke out with 2 or 3 blemishes a week before my period. After dealing with the breakouts for two weeks, I was left with the hyperpigmentation to cover-up. (The hyperpigmentation can honestly take years to go away when not treated properly with skin lighteners or by getting chemical peels. This was the cause of so much grief for me!)
Now, you may be wondering how we classify the different degrees of acne.
This is the acne grading system I use for all my clients:
- Mild Acne — 10 or less active lesions. Typically isolated to 1 or 2 sections of the face; e.g., chin and jawline.
- Moderate Acne – 10 to 20 active lesions. Typically they appear on the lower face.
- Severe Acne — More than 20 active lesions. Typically affects the full face or at least 75% of the surface area.
If you only get a couple of breakouts in a YEAR, this is not acne. However, if you’re experiencing consistently mild or cyclical breakouts each month then, yes, you have acne.
What to do about it?
First of all, know that spot treating won’t help you get rid of your acne!
So often people fixate on what they see in the mirror. Applying acne-drying topicals to pimples. Scrubbing blackheads or extracting plugs.
And this would seem to be a good strategy if you have mild acne.
But, like the tip of an iceberg, what you see is only the end result of acne. There’s a much deeper issue to consider.
Acne is a genetic condition called retention hyperkeratosis and it continually forms under the skin up to 90 days before you see it surface.
Here’s how it works:
- Every day a layer of dead skin cells is shed inside the pore. Ordinarily, these dead skin cells are pushed from behind by newer cells rising to the skin’s surface, then flake off in a normal, healthy pore.
- This continuous shedding process goes haywire in people with acne. Acne-prone skin produces up to 5x more dead cells than normal, and the excess dead cells stay stuck on the skin’s surface and clog your pores.
- The resulting plug (known as a microcomedone), when mixed with oil, forms a blackhead. When infected with bacteria, forms a blemish.
While it’s understandable that you’d want to speed-heal unsightly blemishes as fast as possible (and yes, there’s a place for this in your acne care arsenal)…
By focusing on spot treatments–i.e., addressing only the tip of the iceberg–you’re failing to address the big problem hiding below your skin’s surface. The genetic ROOT cause of your acne. Which is where and how the trouble starts.
And breakouts will continue to bloom, unchecked, along with your upset.
If you want to be free of your acne, no matter how mild, it’s important that you first identify and address all your acne triggers.
Whether hormonal or gut imbalance, diet or stress, some combination of these four triggers is messing with your skin and perpetuating your acne.
Once you identify and address your primary acne triggers, then it’s critical that you:
- Use clean, safe, powerful acne products daily on your FULL FACE or LARGE AREAS (such as your forehead or chin) even when you’re NOT breaking out.
- Use beneficial herbs, supplements and diet change to support your skin clearing quest.
- Continually treat and challenge your skin for at least 90 days to break the acne cycle.
This way, pre-acne lurking deeper in the skin can be “dissolved” before it surfaces. And you can help prevent new acne from forming in the first place.
If you have any lingering doubts, know that your mild breakouts are REAL acne and deserve care.
Absolutely, it’s your decision whether you want to take extra steps to finally get rid of your acne.
But I’ve found that the incessant nature of mild acne wears people down after years and years of dealing with it. And they’re willing to do anything to stop the cycle.
If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. Natural Acne Clinic has the answers you need to start healing your skin for good.