Blemished skin can become noticeable through various signs. From pimples and blackheads to discoloration of the skin and acne. Blemishes on the face can be frustrating and emotionally upsetting, but they are usually easy to manage with the right skin care products.
Acne is caused when sebum (oil), bacteria or dirt clog hair follicles. Acne can in some cases leave dark spots or scars on the skin. These are also types of blemished skin. Hormonal changes are thought to play a role in the development of acne. Stress can also aggravate acne by increasing sebum production. Hair removal techniques such as tweezing, waxing or shaving can sometimes lead to ingrown hairs. These are hairs that grow back into the skin and become lodged. This can lead to the formation of a red bump. People with curly hair are more prone to ingrown hairs than people with straight hair.
Hyperpigmentation is another form of blemished skin. Overproduction of melanin can cause uneven skin tone or dark spots. Causes of hyperpigmentation include sun exposure and hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy. To avoid blemished skin caused by sun exposure, you should apply a sunscreen daily - yes, even in winter. However, the main reason for blemished skin is clogged pores due to the overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands. Excess oil can mix with dead skin cells, dirt or bacteria. This leads to the formation of pimples and blackheads.
What can you do to prevent blemished skin?
Your pores can get clogged by products like makeup, hair styling products, sunscreens or moisturizers. So make sure to use products that are labeled as non-comedogenic. These are designed not to clog pores. Tallow is an oily substance made up of fats. However, sebum is not necessarily bad. After all, it protects the skin, moisturizes it, and keeps your hair shiny and healthy. However, too much sebum leads to oily skin, which in turn can lead to clogged pores and acne.
If you're prone to oily skin, you should wash your face twice a day to rid it of excess sebum. But be careful not to overdo it. Avoid harsh soaps or cleansing creams. Instead, use gentle products like our 24h Detox Facial Cleansing Pads. It's tempting to use heavy cosmetics to mask the effects of oily skin, but this can make the condition worse. When oily skin occurs, you should reduce the use of makeup, especially foundation. Choose water-based products instead of oil-based products.
To keep your pores clear, we recommend using a gentle exfoliator 1-2 times a week, such as our Beneva Black Mask or a balancing Purifying Face Mask.