If you are not sore, then next day you can scrub a little more. You can advance the scrubbing a little each day until you notice a little soreness in the skin you just treated. At this point you back down a bit on the scrubbing. You are looking for maximum daily use with no soreness or blushing afterwards. That works the best. For best results, use a generic Benzoyl peroxide product after your treatment.
Most people can use REFRESHEN Regular Strength cream, however if that seems too harsh there is a Sensitive Skin Formula and even an Extra Sensitive Skin Formula. Only REFRESHEN offers multipal strengths of microdermabrasion cream. No one else has a product even remotely as effective and you can try a 2oz jar, a four week supply, for only $24.95 and we pay shipping and handling. You just can’t beat that.
Basics You Should Know About Acne
You wouldn’t think so, but one of the most common things connecting us isn’t the lofty ideas of shared humanity, love and consideration for a fellow human being. Rather, it’s the very common skin condition, acne. Almost everyone knows someone who suffers from acne or has suffered from it themselves.
It is said to be the eighth most common disease in the world, one that is responsible for considerably altering the lives of millions of people just in America; but what is acne, really?
Read along to find out more.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that affects the small pores (holes) and oil glands in the skin. The surface of our skin is covered in tiny pores which connect to oil glands underneath. The oil gland called a Sebaceous Gland, which secretes a pasty oil based matter which is responsible for lubricating the skin as well as for removing dead skin cells from within the confines of the gland and pore.
When the canal of the gland, known as a follicle, becomes blocked by a collection of dead cells, hair, bacteria, dirt or sebum this results in the formation of a plug that blocks the pore. In time the bacteria trapped within the plug begin to multiply (culture). Swelling occurs around the blockage which leads to what are commonly known as pimples.
Types of Acne
The pimples that form are what define acne. There are various types of pimples that can occur, they include:
White-heads or Comedones: They are pore blockages that do not extend to the outer surface of the skin.
Black-heads: They are pimples that extend and rise all the way up to the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin and appear black to the naked eye. Despite popular opinion, the color black is not caused by the dirt trapped within; rather it’s due to a concentration Melanin, the chemical substance responsible for giving the skin its color.
Papules: These are pimples larger than blackheads. They are inflamed and hence have a pink appearance. They can also be hot or tender to the touch.
Pustules: The exaggerated form of a papule, a pustule is one that is fiery red at the base and is filled with pus giving it a white top. These are the ones that people are most tempted to pop, resulting in darkened spots and/or scaring.
Nodules: The nodules are frustrating and often recurring deeply embedded pimples that lie way beneath the top skin layers. They are hard, inflamed, are known to be painful and are not often successfully popped, despite unreasonable force.
Cysts: Possibly the worst kind of acne, cysts go deep within the skin’s layers, are large, fiery red, feel hot and they are filled with pus at the top. What’s more, these tend to leave behind unsightly scars when they are popped, taking weeks, if not months to heal and the scars never fade away completely.
Acne is irritated and worsened by several causes including:
• pre-and post-puberty hormonal imbalance
• use of oral contraceptives
• genetic predisposition
• Emotional stress-induced
• gender specific acne such that is pre-menstrual
• lack of personal hygiene, accumulation of sweat, dirt, sebum or makeup
• use of some hair care products such as pomades, hair gels, and conditioners
• Skin bacterial levels and subsequent inflammation
Acne on Black Skin
As mentioned earlier, acne is a very common disease that affects almost everyone regardless of gender, race or ethnicity; however, acne is a much more serious dermatological issue for people of the African lineage and this is due to that beautiful black skin which seems to hold up so much better than light skin as we age.
Black people are more prone to have papules or pustules, which is the inflammatory type of acne. While it is easy to control this type of acne as compared to the deeper, more serious forms of acne, darker skin tones are more prone to suffering unsightly aftereffects of this as compared with their lighter counterparts.
Due to the increased amount of Melanin, the pigment causing color within the skin, people with black skin who suffer from acne tend to have more acne scarring and dark spots known as Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Worse, some acne treatments that are successful for Asian or Caucasian skin are known to further exacerbate the acne scarring and unsightly hyper-pigmentation marks in African American skin.
Skincare Regimen for Acne
While there are quite a few skincare regimens available on the market for acne, as mentioned earlier, some of them are unsuited to beautiful black skin. However, a combination of standard hygienic skincare practices combined with effective black skin products such as the Plum label Refreshen Microdermabrasion cream and you can easily control and prevent unattractive acne as well as remove residual dark spots and most acne scarring.
To successfully treat black skin acne, have clear skin and look younger, be sure to regularly wash your face, multiple times a day with a gentle facial cleanser and warm water to remove the collection of any dirt, debris or oil that might clog your pores. Furthermore, follow that with a reasonable toner that suits your skin tone, and, most importantly, exfoliate your skin using Refreshen microdermabrasion cream once a day.
Known to be equally effective for light and dark skin because of different formulas, Refreshen Microdermabrasion creams are particularly well-suited to deep cleaning your skin due to the natural cream bases. Use it daily and you will see a great improvement not only with the acne but also in the resultant scarring and hyper-pigmentation or dark spots.