The Truth about Acne

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Do you ever wonder why your skin isn’t clearing up, even when you think you are doing everything right? At Brick Canvas Spa, we want to help shed some light on different types of acne and some tips on how to reduce the severity of it.

The first thing you should know is that there is no “cure” for acne. There isn't just one solution for it, and different methods work for different people. You can only maintain it with routine facials and continually using the products that are recommended for you.

Types of Acne

Blackheads/Whiteheads - Two of the most common types of acne. Both form when hair follicles are clogged with bacteria, sebum, or dead skin. Exfoliation can typically help reduce the signs of both of these.

Comedo (comedones) - A comedo is what is generally considered to be the base of a “zit” and the first sign of acne. Blackheads and whiteheads are types of comedones.

Papules - Hard clogged pores that are painful to touch but still remain on the epidermis. They usually appear as a raised bump and are more painful than a comedo. Do not try to pop them! It is best just to leave them alone and let them disappear on their own.

Pustules - A traditional looking pimple that is raised with pus and typically surrounded by inflammation. These are those pesky, white pimples that most people can’t help but want to immediately “pop”.

Nodules - Hard, tender, painful pimples that are under the deepest layer of the skin. They are more severe than papules and more cystic.

Milia - White, raised, hard bumps on the skin that are not poppable. They can be mistaken for acne, and are generally found around your eyes, nose, and chin.

Tips for Clearer Skin

Lower your expectations - It is unrealistic to expect results in a week or even a month from a new product or method. Our skin cells naturally regenerate and shed off old dead skin cells. Be patient with your skin and products.

NEVER sleep in makeup or go to bed without freshly cleansed skin. Makeup can cause premature aging, clogged pores, and irritation.

Try different diets. Acne can be indicative of inflammation in the body, and processed foods are often the culprit. If you are breaking out, try eliminating certain foods to see if it’s what is causing the inflammation.

DO NOT touch your face. We are all guilty of this, it happens out of habit. Some self awareness can really help keep your pores clean and free of bacteria.

Stress less. When our bodies undergo prolonged stress, it creates a spike of cortisol (our body’s primary stress hormone) which spikes inflammation within the body and makes our skin more prone to breakouts.

DO NOT pick at your face. We get it, it’s hard not to, but not knowing how or when to properly extract a pimple will only spread bacteria under the skin and around the area, making things worse, more inflamed and/or can cause more breakouts. We always recommend getting extractions done professionally by your esthetician when possible and not doing them yourself. If you ever feel it is necessary to pop a pesky pimple that is bothering you, make sure to wash your hands, clean the area with a cleanser and toner/alcohol after.