I’m breaking out …what do I do?

I wish I had an easy solution to hormonal, environmental, or stress induced acne. Acne is technically ANY amount of inflamed pores that result in pimples whether it be two or twenty . All my life I have struggled with this. With me you have a sympathetic esthetician as well as someone that will tell you it’s ‘really not that bad ‘ ?

Two weeks ago I had a microdermabrasion which is like buffing the skin. I totally broke out after. Not just in small ones here and there but I had two cystic pimples that took up what seemed like permanent residence on my face, and right before Olivia’s birthday party ?

I had to wait for them to form a ‘head’ so I could perform what I semi-jokingly refer to as ‘surgery’.

They hurt, they were red and inflamed and they were right where I already struggle with pore congestion so they were making a bad situation worse.

What does a person do when this happens?

DON’T PICK! You need to wait for them to form that white head so you can have your esthetician express the bacteria. Sometimes this can take up to 10 days. Seriously I’ve had it take that long . No fun. ? You can express the pimple at home too with a lancet. The trick is not causing too much post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation or, leaving a red spot on your face for weeks to come. Good luck with that one but sunblock WILL help.

You need to be incorporating some type of exfoliant into your DAILY regimen if you are prone to pimples and breakouts. I use salicylic on my oily areas where I tend to break out when I’m feeling oily in addition to my regular products . The other days I only use retinol at night so that I’m CONTINUALLY encouraging cell turnover and the sloughing of dead skin. If you are breaking out your pores are clogged . It’s extremely possible you need a series of professional treatments with a higher concentration of bacteria fighting ingredients. Once the problem is under control, a home regimen can help KEEP it under control .

For grades 3-4 acne ( lots and lots of pustular and cystic lesions) it’s best to go straight to the dermatologist. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. ?

Regardless of whether you break out a little or a lot , CHANGE YOUR PILLOWCASE. Just stop and think about that for a minute. Your face is rolling around all night on the muck from your hair and the old oils and dirt from your face. Just sayin……..

I hope you know you have a friend who understands your frustrations and please feel free to reach out .

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