Acute vs Chronic Acne: How to Identify in Order to Treat
When most people experience a breakout,
the only thing on their mind is getting rid of it as soon as possible, whatever
it takes. While we all want to experience our clearest and healthiest skin possible,
the best way to get those results is to find a treatment that’s right for your
skin, and that starts with identifying just what type of acne symptoms you
Acne is a disease that affects the skin,
and is the most common skin condition effecting people of all ages. It is normally caused by a hormonal imbalance
that triggers an excessive amount of sebum, or skin oil, to be produced by the
sebaceous glands. Too much of this oil can become clogged with pores, where it
travels from the sebaceous glands to the surface of the skin, and when combined
with dry, dead skin cells, form bacteria. This bacteria, known as P. acnes,
triggers an inflammatory response from the body, which lead to acne symptoms
that appear on the surface as red, swollen bumps often referred to as pimples.
For some, their symptoms come and go in
short spurts, while others experience breakouts over a longer period of time.
These two types can be classified as acute, and chronic acne, and understanding
the difference between the two might make for better results on your acne-prone
vs Chronic : How to Tell the Difference, and What to do About It
First thing’s first: what’s the
difference? To put it simply: when we refer to acute acne, we’re speaking of
shorter-term breakouts, while chronic acne typically
refers to acne symptoms that last for two years or more. Both types begin
forming days before a breakout will appear on the surface of the skin, and can
often become triggered by certain types of food, seasonal changes, and
especially hormonal fluctuations, such as pregnancy or menstruation. Some
people may even have certain genetic predispositions such as higher levels of
testosterone that may trigger the formation of acne.
Despite what’s going on under the
surface, acute symptoms may appear suddenly and without much warning, while
chronic symptoms can seem to stick around way past their welcome, whether mild
or severe. Whatever the underlying cause, the best way to see results is to
treat each type accordingly. Steams, toners, and drying masks tend to be good choices for anyone experiencing acute
acne symptoms as they work to clear pores while shrinking pimples without over
drying. Chronic acne can really benefit from longer-term lifestyle changes,
such as implementing an acne-friendly diet, making
hygienic practices a priority (this means resisting the urge to pick or pop,
keeping pillowcases clean, and showering after exercise or working up a sweat,)
and sticking to your skincare regimen no matter what.
Of course, different types of acne will
require different types of treatment, which is important to keep in mind so you
don’t become frustrated if your skin takes a little bit longer to heal. If
you’ve had chronic acne, even if it’s mild, it’s more of a moderate to severe
case. Healing the skin is a process that takes time, and could take anywhere
from 1-3 months (if not longer) to see results, so allow yourself some room and
time to improve once you’ve found a treatment that works for you. (AcnEase users: check out this easy guide for making the most out of
your AcnEase treatment!)
Whatever your acne type, and however
seldom or frequent your symptoms may appear or last on your complexion, all
acne must be treated at its source in order to experience real results. Finding
a combination of solutions to address the inner and outer issues of the disease
will be your best bet, with a topical facial wash to cleanse the surface on the
outside, and a systemic treatment solution to target the problem from within.
AcnEase, a safe and effective herbal treatment, is designed to treat all acne no matter
how mild or severe the symptoms. In fact, 96% of AcnEase users
say that AcnEase works for them. We hope you’re next!
We want to hear from you! How would you
classify your acne symptoms? Have any go-to solutions for treating the problem?
Tell us in the comments!