Got spot-prone skin? You’re not alone.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the US, affecting up to 50 million of us every year. And while it usually begins in puberty - mainly affecting adolescents and young people - it can last well into adulthood.
The good news is that the stigma of spots is on the way out, thanks to the popularization of pimple patches. And there are many other options out there to help.
First, it’s important to understand the causes of acne-prone skin - and the truth about the infamous "Triangle of Death."
What is the Triangle of Death?
Comprising the area from the corners of the mouth to the bridge of the nose, it is thought to be dangerous due to its proximity to critical blood vessels. Think of it as a direct line to your brain. The network of large veins behind your eye sockets increases the potential for serious infection.
But, while it's wise to be cautious in this region, the risks are often exaggerated. And while you should avoid squeezing a spot in this area, that’s generally the rule across the whole face.
Safe skincare starts with gentle cleansing
Start your routine with a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser. This basically means a product that won't clog or block the pores on your skin. Gently cleanse your face, paying attention to the entire surface, including the Triangle of Death. Avoid harsh scrubbing, as this can exacerbate inflammation.
Pili Ani Gentle Facial Cleanser
This plant-based cleanser helps minimize breakouts and keeps skin hydrated. Mild on skin with its low pH (between 5.0-6.0), it gets rid of dirt, grime, and deep-seated residue without stripping away moisture.
Hydration is key
Hydration is crucial for all skin types, including acne-prone skin - even though it can be tempting to avoid extra moisture when your skin tends to be oily. Choose a water-based, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without clogging pores.
Liftlab Lift + Moisturize
This ultra-hydrating daily cream is deceptively lightweight and much more than an everyday moisturizer. Clinically shown to rapidly increase collagen and elastin, it readily absorbs into the skin, and is non-comedogenic so ideal for both young and mature skin.
Targeted treatments for pesky pimples
Incorporate acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide into your routine. Apply these treatments specifically to affected areas, avoiding direct contact with the eyes, nostrils, and mouth.
Veracity Inflammation Response Vital Concentrate
A potent antioxidant formula that helps combat the effects of hormonal acne, inflammation, and sensitivity while offering gentle support for the skin’s long-term health and balance. Best for high testosterone, high cortisol, and imbalanced progesterone.
Founder’s Formula Australian Clay Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
A weekly treatment that detoxifies and soothes skin, regenerates and draws out impurities, and is ideal for managing pimple-prone and acne-prone skin.
Sun protection - obviously
Shield your skin from harmful UV rays by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Be meticulous in applying it to the entire face to safeguard your skin from potential sun damage.
Soon Skincare Clear Day SPF
On-the-go broad-spectrum SPF 50 that’s an oil-free, PABA free, mess-free stick. Clear Day is packed with clean ingredients to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while containing antioxidant-rich chamomile and vitamin E to soothe, hydrate, and ward off signs of premature aging.
So now you know. You’re treading a delicate line between efficacy and safety. Approach the Triangle of Death with care - but don’t fear it. Read the labels of your skincare products carefully, and celebrate your beauty with confidence. You’re gorgeous!
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