Our mission today is to remove misconceptions about managing acne and provide a simple path for you to get started like a boss.
You've likely tried a bunch of things already, am I right? And nothing so far has worked to fully clear up your skin?
That's likely because the internet is like the wild west.
There are no regulations on what people can publish. Everybody is free to voice their opinions, whether it’s factual or not doesn’t really matter.
That means we're left with a sea full of opinions. From people who aren't qualified.
Opinions are great. Just not for treating acne. Here we are best off leaning towards the science and away from opinions. That's why this article suggests actions you can take, based on what's actually working.
I like to compare our skin with a flower because like a flower needs healthy soil, water and sunshine to thrive...your skin also craves three things, which we’ll cover inside.
What Are The Best Cures For Pimples And Oily Skin?
The best way to manage pimples and oily skin is to remove the underlying causes. The solution is to use proper skin care that fits our skin type and needs, that our hormones are in the normal range, that we use non-comedogenic cosmetics, and that our lifestyle choices are (for the most part) healthy.
Why Is It Important to manage your pimples and oily skin?
Let’s be real. Life sucks with acne.
Our confidence is low. We constantly worry about being judged.
We judge ourselves. All. The. Time.
And it sometimes seems like “the real life” is on hold until we find a way to give that last goodbye kiss to acne.
Can you relate to this woman?
“I almost go into a slight depression, I feel so low and fed up, looking in the mirror just makes me want to cry.”
Or this one:
“It’s a source of stress that is preventing me from 100% enjoying the gifts I’ve been given in life.”
Or this one:
“My acne has been causing anxiety and panic disorder.”
Can we agree we deserve more in life?
We all deserve to be admired. To be and feel beautiful. To be healthy.
And with the right help today, I hope you’ll walk away inspired and ready to take your first steps towards that goal.
Acne misconceptions that may hold your best skin hostage
Before giving any specific actions, I want to make sure you don’t believe any of the following misconceptions or “myths” because they will probably put a hold to your acne treatment efforts.
Can You Really Cure Acne?
Let’s quickly debunk this myth.
Can you really cure acne? The short answer is no.
I don’t mean to be a party pooper, but I don’t want you to cling on to false hope, either.
Pimples zits, spots, blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts etc. are all according to science not a curable condition — but a manageable one.
“Acne can’t be prevented or cured, but it can be treated effectively” - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
That means in order to achieve a skin people admire...A skin we feel beautiful in... A skin that radiates health... We must find what works for our skin — and CONTINUE to do what works.
Misconceptions about oily skin
What’s the first thing we do to get rid of oily skin? Here’s a few:
While these actions seem logical, they’re actually totally wrong. Okay, blotting papers are fine, but let’s discuss the rest.
Many of us associate that squeaky clean feeling we get from cleansers and soaps as if we’ve just won the first battle. However, would you be surprised if I told you that using these products may (to contrary belief) be exacerbating your oily skin?
Dr. Mark Lees writes in his book Clearing Concepts, that sebum (oil) has two functions:
When we overdo our oil-removing efforts, we kick-start a process that leads to MORE sebum being produced.
Our bodies are smart.
When we get a cut, it heals itself. When we’re hungry, it makes us know. And when we remove every single drop of oil from our face, our sebaceous glands basically get this message, “hey, we need protection on the face... Start pumping!”
That means every time you cleanse with the wrong products; your sebaceous glands are constantly being activated.
All they hear is basically “We need more oil here! Now!”
How to regulate your sebum production
While we cannot change the size of our pores, the amount of sebum we produce genetically, or the color of our skin — we can take steps to control the oil production.
Here’s some sound, general advice:
You might be asking, "why add a moisturizer and sunscreen when struggling with oily skin? Won’t that just make my oily skin oilier?"
Despite what logic tells us, when we stop over-cleansing, and instead add these Core Three into our routine... We regulate the sebum production down to our genetic set point. And with consistent, proper skin care, we'll notice less and less oil over time.
I’m an oily girl myself. Back before I discovered the Core Three, my face was soaked in oil before lunch.
I’m still on the oily side. That’ll never go away. But I’m confident that when I follow the Core Three, combined with more advanced skin care habits..
Oily skin is never on my mind.
Nailing The Basics of Acne Skin Care
A sturdy house is built on a solid foundation. The same is true for your skin. That means we always begin with the basics before we add any “bells and whistles.”
Core Three Routine
What I often see from new clients is they may have a good moisturizer, but they don’t use sunscreen and they don’t clean their face properly.
So then, adding more advanced products like a serum is pointless.
Because we cannot have advanced skincare if we don’t have basic skincare right.
Even when we take a diving license, we start with basics and then we go to advanced.
So we cannot start diving on 32 meters before we know how to dive on 18.
And we don’t use serums before we have cleansed our face, before we have a good moisturizer, and before we’re protected by the sun.
Then we talk about the advanced, fancy stuff, which is nice.
Core Three Routine PLUS
After using the Core Three routine for three weeks, then we add a serum.
The serum I’ve found to help with both acne and oily skin is Niacinamide. It’s a gentle serum that we can use both in the AM and PM without overwhelming the skin, as ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide do.
Do you need stronger products? Maybe. But wouldn't it be nice if you didn't actually needed it?
I'm surprised to see how effective this simple skin care is for the clients who embrace the routine.
This is where the magic happens.
Exfoliated pores = Clear skin.
That's what you'll read in any skin care book. And it's true. We are born with sticky skin cells and increased sebum production, which leads to clogs and breakouts.
I'm on purpose not recommending any specific serum or toner in this post because it depends on your skin type and needs.
You're always welcome to comment on the post or shoot me an email at email@example.com to continue the conversation.
We want acne-free skin yesterday but unfortunately...
There’s no “magic bullet”, “magic pill” or magic routine that’ll fix your skin overnight.
Instead, it takes a bit of time and effort. It does for us all.
Let’s look into both.
Time: how long time do I have to do this?
For starters, if you don’t currently follow the Core Three routine, why not try it?
Do it every day for three weeks.
Then add on the “extras” like niacinamide and serum.
I'd be surprised if you won't experience positive results. Almost everyone who follows it does. And i'm confident it will work for you, too.
The key here is give it time. Really. Give yourself that gift because it can take 3-12 weeks, depending on your skin, and what products you use.
Effort: how much work is required?
Nobody wants to hear that something requires effort. We want it easy and we want it now. Sadly, our skin doesn’t care. It works on its own speed.
Skin success = the right actions + done consistently + over time
That's the formula. It's easy for me to scribble this formula down. It's harder to actually do it. I understand. But if there's something I know, it's this; to get anything worthwhile in life we gotta work at it.
It's the same with your skin.
So we’ve busted a few misconceptions. We’ve peaked into a few areas of oily skin.
You’ve received an action plan for down-regulating your sebum production.
You’ve been introduced to the Core Three routine.
And lastly, you now know there’s no such thing as a push-button solution. That achieving your skin goal will take a bit of time and effort on your part. The key here is consistency. Stick to it — every day.
If you’d like to keep reading, check out the 4 blocks that goes deeper into the 4 factors that keep healthy skin hostage.
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