Chances are if you’re reading this, you have acne-prone skin. Trust us, we know the feeling of not knowing whether a new product or ingredient is going to be a skin-perfecting saving grace or your breakout’s worst nightmare. Rest assured, your friends here at No, Thank You are going to help you achieve your happiest, healthiest looking skin yet!
The first step towards a clear complexion is to understand your skin: educating yourself on skin type, what concerns you’re looking to remedy and then discovering what skincare ingredients are a “Yes, Please” vs. those you should be saying “No, Thank You” to. Here’s a hint, just in case the title of this article didn’t give it away: Vitamin C is preeeeeetty amazing for those pesky spots.
Common Skin Types
Ps… don’t get too hung up on these categories. Environment, hormones, stress and other external factors may have you feeling somewhere in between or that it changes day-by-day and that’s ok!
The Acne Breakdown
Even if you don’t have any visible blemishes, you might still be acne-prone depending on some of the external factors mentioned above!
Acne (also referred to as Acne Vulgaris) is a common skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles/pores are clogged with oil and dead skin cells and form a “plug”, or comedone. Long story short: the plug gets infected with bacteria, most notably P.Acnes, it becomes inflamed and next thing you know you have a breakout. Breakouts can be easily categorized into (2) buckets:
Most people have the same acne-causing triggers: hormone fluctuations, diet, and stress but depending on the individual, “acne-prone” may look a little different. At the end of the day, people with acne-prone skin are simply more susceptible to blemishes appearing.
Scientists are still unsure as to why some people are more prone to breakouts than others but there have been a few studies that explore acne being genetically hereditary. Your genes can influence how sensitive your skin is to hormonal and environmental factors and indicate your skin’s resistance to the bacteria and inflammation that causes acne.
Speaking of hormones, did you know they play a large role in excess sebum production? This is why acne is often associated with things like puberty, menstrual cycles and menopause. And what did we learn about excess oil production? More chances of a clogged follicle!
So, why is Vitamin C helpful?
Now that you’ve got some acne knowledge under your belt, let’s discuss how Vitamin C works to help your acne-prone skin. Before we dive in too deep, if you’re unfamiliar with the benefits of Vitamin C, check out our blog post: Come see about “C” Everything you need to know about The Antioxidant Superstar, Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is not only safe for your skin (especially THDA), it boasts several benefits that may help prevent, as well as refine, many of the acne-related imperfections you’re looking to remedy. Let’s explore the Top 4!
Vitamin C helps to ward off all those environmental nasties like UV and pollution that can irritate and disrupt skin’s natural barrier and lead to inflammation.
Reducing Acne-Related Inflammation
Vitamin C is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties and what is one of the main causes of a big red bump? Inflammation!
Did your breakout clear-up but leave a not-so-nice discoloration in its place? Vitamin C has renowned brightening properties and can help fade the look of something known as PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).
Helps Promote Collagen Synthesis
We know that dark spots may be an end result but scarring can also appear in the form of small “dents” in the skin, right? Vitamin C helps promote collagen synthesis while helping to reduce collagen degradation. This in turn may help prevent, as well as improve the appearance of, some of those little imperfections.
While acne-prone skin might not be fun or ideal, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and you can rest assured that there are ingredients out there to help you on your journey: Hello, Vitamin C!
Not sure where to start? Try incorporating a gentle form like THDA found in An Oil for All Day to help nourish, soothe and promote a more even-looking complexion. Regardless of your skin type, it’s still super important to moisturize and a lightweight oil packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is going to be crucial in achieving your best skin yet!