In addition to the 4 primary factors mentioned in the previous blog, there are also lifestyle factors that may play a role in the development of your acne.
1. Makeup & skincare
Some types of makeup or skincare are heavy and oil-based, which can lead to clogging of the skin pores and an increased occurrence of acne. Therefore, it is recommended to use non-comedogenic products. It is not always easy to see if your acne is caused by the makeup you are wearing or other factors. It can take a few days to 6 months for blemishes to appear on the skin. This delay can make it difficult to see a link between acne and the make-up or skincare products causing it.
Whether you have acne or not, it is important to cleanse your skin correctly every day. Otherwise dirt and sebum will remain on the skin and contribute to a blockage of the pore. We always advise to cleanse your skin thoroughly at night, before you go to bed. Are you curious about this topic? Please take a look at our previous blog ‘Face cleansing: why, how and when?’
A typical (bad!) habit of people with oily and acne prone skin is using aggressive skincare products (for example alcoholic products, scrubs...), which lead to dehydration of the skin. By drying out the skin, the sebum glands are stimulated to make even more sebum. So, at the end, there is even a higher sebum production than before. It results in a vicious circle.
The link between food and acne is controversial. To date there is insufficient evidence to speak of a strong link between diet and the development of acne. An increase in insulin levels in the blood, which you get from foods high in sugar and saturated fats, can stimulate the hormonal pathway, resulting in an increased androgen production by our body. In this way, food can indirectly contribute to an increased sebum production and associated acne problems.
Some acneiform eruptions can be caused or aggravated by medicines. A dermatologist will be able to determine if your medications are causing or contributing to your acne breakouts. Examples of medicines with acne as a side effect are corticosteroids, contraceptive agents, anabolic steroids, halogens, some antiepileptics…
When we experience stress, the body produces hormones (such as cortisol and androgens), neuropeptides (such as endorphins and insulin) and inflammatory cytokines (small proteins that cause inflammation), which influence the behavior of the sebaceous glands and thus aggravate acne. Stress alone will not lead to the development of acne, but it can contribute to it.
‘BACK IN BALANCE’ LIFESTYLE CREAM, SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED FOR ACNE PRONE SKINTYPES
Back in Balance Lifestyle Blend is an anti-aging moisturizer that has been specially developed to deal with pimples or impurities. It has a mattifying effect and brings the skin back into balance. The rich, slightly perfumed texture is perhaps "fuller" than you are used to. Feeding your skin with the right lipids will slow down the mechanism that produces sebum (a bit of "reverse psychology"). It may take some time but you will notice that your skin becomes softer and back into balance.
The ‘Back in Balance Lifestyle cream’ contains:
- Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide: an oil-absorbing prebiotic that helps selectively grow the "good" bacteria on the skin and balances the skin's microflora
- Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract or Japanese Millennial and Dizet flour phosphate: these two anti-bacterial ingredients inhibit the growth of the "bad" P. Acnes bacteria
- Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil or Jojoba Oil: a natural sebum substitute that inhibits the natural sebum production of the skin through a negative feedback mechanism.
- UVA and UVB filters for optimum sun protection