June is National Acne Awareness Month, and typically it coincides with the start of summer travel season and the associated challenges with keeping skin clear during summer vacations. In 2020, however, we have an entirely different challenge that sadly likely does not include fun adventures to new places.
How is your skin coping with COVID-19? Is COVID-19 making your skin worse, or better?
Some people who have suffered with a lifetime of chronic acne outbreaks are reporting massive improvements in skin clarity. Yet others who have never experienced chronic acne are suddenly faced with stubborn – and severe – breakouts.
The interconnectedness of your body’s systems is impossible to separate, so treating acne with a singular approach rarely yields long-term success. COVID-19 is causing changes and disruptions to routines never seen before.
We know that stress increases cortisol levels and inflammation. Acne is an inflammatory condition.
We also know that COVID-related stress has been uneven – some of us are experiencing much higher levels of stress than in the past, and others are enjoying the slower pace. Ask yourself:
Are you following the same skincare routine as you had been pre-COVID? Are you using the same products, or have you modified your routine?
Are you experiencing higher levels of emotional and financial stress?
Are you wearing less makeup on a daily basis? Or, maybe more or different makeup for daily Zoom calls?!
Are you traveling less?
Are you exercising (and sweating) more or less?
How has your diet changed? Are you eating at home more often? What is the difference in the food you are consuming?
All of these factors are just the tip of the iceberg for your body’s largest organ.
The good news is that acne is easier to cure than people think. The problem is people are looking for the answers in the wrong places. Chronic acne is rarely eliminated permanently by topical solutions and prescription medications alone. It can be difficult to pinpoint the winning combination of acne products, and the right solution can differ from person to person. What is usually overlooked is how diet, lifestyle, and stress affect our body’s balance and health that contribute to and exacerbate acne.
Is There A Cure For Acne?
According to conventional western medicine, there is no cure for acne.
Maybe that is because many of the standard protocols do not work for everyone long-term. However, just because standard westernized medicine does not have the cure for acne does not mean there is no cure for acne. Many physicians tell patients that the food they eat does not contribute to their acne. This is totally incorrect. For years doctors have been taught there is no connection between diet and acne. Unfortunately, nutritional training in medical school is very limited.
At Celebrity Skin, we always start by educating our acne clients. The importance of using the right skincare products, and more importantly, avoiding the wrong ones, are critical tools in our arsenal. We have a variety of methods to help educate our clients on proper care of sensitive, acne-prone skin. We always start with an acne consultation where we learn what has worked and what hasn’t, in order to develop a customizedacne treatment regimen that includes recommendations on the clinical products and treatments that are best for YOUR unique skin.
Typically, chronic acne sufferers have tried it all with little to no long-term success. There are literally thousands of acne skincare products, prescriptions and procedures that promise to clear your skin. Acne advice is everywhere – from department stores, YouTube, the internet, television, magazines, and your best friend, all claiming their way is the solution. You would think acne would be decreasing with all of this expert advice.
Instead, acne is on the rise globally. As more countries have become westernized, the incidence of acne has increased exponentially. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates 50 million Americans suffer from acne. Acne is a multi-billion-dollar industry. The potential for revenue is virtually unlimited, and this has led to a marketing frenzy by opportunistic companies, at the expense of acne sufferers everywhere.
My goal as a professional is to help you Get Clear on what is causing your acne so you can cure it at its source. Accomplishing this will require an integrative approach that addresses all the underlying causes at the same time. The key to healing your acne is to attack it at root level, holistically, not solely with superficial solutions like topical products, or prescription medication like birth control pills or antibiotics.
No waxing or shaving the face (if you’re a woman). If you are a man, do not shave if you do not have to. If you can, choose an electric razor over a double-edged razor. If you have to use a razor, use a single blade.
No dermaplaning. It irritates acne prone skin and can cause breakouts
No department store advice and self-prescribing. Do not rely on your local department store, your best friend, the internet, a magazine or television for your skincare advice.
No spa facials. They usually cause breakouts. Only get clinical facials that are specifically customized for your acne-prone skin.
No cortisone injections for cystic acne. The potential for scarring is devastating and usually doesn’t show up until a year or so later. Avoid it if you can.
Do not get microneedling if you have active acne. Microneedling causes too much inflammation and trauma to your skin, increasing risk for breakouts. You must wait to be acne-free. No homerollers/home microneedling, as you can tear your skin easily.
No laser treatments if you have active acne. Light therapy is ok, but no laser resurfacing or fraxel! They cause too much inflammation and trauma. The potential for hyperpigmentation and more break-outs is way too high. Darker skin tones should never have laser therapy.