Wear sunscreen every single day so that the actives in your brightening products can actually get their job done without being inhibited by further damage.
Is there a way to heal and prevent the painful hormonal/cystic acne around my mouth/jawline?
There are many potential triggers to this type of recurring, patterned breakout cycle, such as diet, stress levels, hormonal/gut imbalances, conditions like PCOS, and certain lifestyle habits.
Get in a habit of drinking spearmint tea. Studies indicate spearmint to have an anti-androgenic effect, which reduces hormonal acne-causing sebum production.
Incorporate a retinol into your routine to both prevent and treat regular breakouts
My breakouts are taking forever to go away. How can I speed up the healing process?
If you have several products targeted to treat acne in your lineup, it’s quite possible this is hurting more than helping. Scale back to one targeted treatment (i.e. an exfoliant or a serum) and pop on a hydrocolloid patch overnight for a gentle, but effective, spot treatment.
Acne can take a whole skin cycle (about 28 days) or even longer to heal, so be patient with your products. If nothing seems to be working, and your acne is mostly in grades 3 and 4, you probably want to see a dermatologist for some stronger-than-OTC remedies.
How should I prevent and treat body acne, specifically back-ne?
Assess your current body wash and shampoo situation. You may want to avoid ingredients like sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), fragrance, oils like mineral oil and jojoba oil, and petroleum.