No matter your age, dealing with acne can feel like an unending battle. You may take all the necessary steps to improve your skin, but even drinking endless amounts of water or splurging on that pricey facial can still leave you feeling hopeless. Oh, we’ve been there.
While unexpected zits on your chin or pimples on your forehead may look and feel the same, they are actually quite different. In fact, face mapping science tells us that not all acne is created equal. Depending on where you break out and what type of breakouts you experience, the good news here is that there are smarter ways to understand your acne and healthier methods to help relieve your skin from these pesky monsters.
Hairline acne? Check your haircare and beauty products.
Oils and dead skin cells tend to build up most where there is lots of hair. The hairline is no exception. Acne in this area tends to thrive off of products with pomade, an ingredient known to clog pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads.
The solution: Thoroughly remove your makeup at the end of the day. If you continue to experience acne on your hairline area, double check your shampoo and conditioner. We recommend using non-comedogenic products that contain no cocoa butter, coloring, tar or artificial fragrance.
The good news here is that there are smarter ways to understand your acne and healthier methods to help relieve your skin from these pesky monsters.
Cheek acne? Clean your pillows and phone.
Whether we see it or not, germs can build up heavily on surface areas—areas that our skin comes in contact with on a daily basis. Pillowcases, phones, even beauty tools like sponges and brushes are often the culprits for acne on your cheeks.
The solution: Wash your pillowcases weekly. Disinfect your phone screen regularly. Clean your makeup brushes daily.
T-zone acne? May be oily skin and/or stress.
The forehead and nose produce more oil than the rest of your face, making it prone to acne and sporadic breakouts. Oily skin is completely natural, but it’s how you manage it that matters.
The solution: Use oil-free cleansers that don’t dry out your skin to maintain your skin at its healthiest pH level. If you suffer from blackheads on your nose, try using a pore strip once or twice a week. If your t-zone acne just won’t leave you alone, check your stress levels and sleep schedule. Getting adequate rest does your mind and body good!
Chin acne? Blame your hormones.
That big, painful under-the-skin pimple that comes around the same time Aunt Flo does? We can thank our hormones for that. Unfortunately, doctors still don’t know exactly why hormonal acne affects the chin and jawline areas, but we do know that fluctuating hormones stimulate excessive oil glands, causing breakouts on our lower half of the face.
The solution: Unlike the rest of your face, hormonal acne can require prescription medication like birth control and Accutane. Still, there are preventative ways to alleviate hormonal acne. Wash your face with a probiotic cleanser, maintain healthy skin with weekly facial sheet masks (try Rael’s Tea Tree Sheet Mask made to antioxidize and aid oily skin) and spot treat-surfaced pimples with natural patches.
We designed our Period Beauty line for this exact reason: To help you help your hormonal breakouts and maintain a healthy glow even when you’re not on your period. This week, we’re excited to introduce the latest addition to the Rael family.
Our latest acne healing patches combine innovative microneedle technology with blemish-fighting ingredients to assist your skin. Designed with super thin “microneedles” that gently prick your skin (trust us, you won’t feel a thing!), the patches dive deeper to fight acne at the source.
Here are some quick facts about our newest addition:
- Treats deeper-rooted or cystic acne by delivering acne fighting ingredients below your skin’s surface
- Contains ingredients proven to fight acne, like salicylic acid and tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid to prevent skin from over-drying
- Made with high-grade absorbent hydrocolloid to protect and heal damaged skin
- Invisible so you can feel confident wearing the patches in bright sunlight