Why i'm moving away from spot treatments, especially toothpaste.
Whoever started this rumor was definitely the same person who convinced us to tweeze out all of our eyebrows. Just sayin.
But, what should we be doing for our breakouts? I’m going to talk about this in more depth in an upcoming post, but for now I want to touch on what we shouldn’t be doing first.
Starting the don’t put it on your zit list is toothpaste, but hear me out on why I’m moving away from other spot treatments as well.
Breakouts fall under the ‘wound’ category. Spot treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can cause inflammation on an already inflamed wound. When applied before the breakout is healing, it can irritate it more and make the blemish look red, angry, and more inflamed. When it’s applied when the breakout is healing, it dries the top layer of your skin, and gives your breakout a dry, flakey, must pick situation.
Neither of those situations are helpful, and both of those situations prolong the problem and increase your chances of PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation - the marks that love to linger even after your breakout clears up 👎🏼)
So really, what should we be doing? As someone who consistently had breakouts (and still gets them occasionally, I’m human) the pivotal moment for me was figuring out what was causing them and instead of frying my face off in frustration, I moved towards products that help speed up wound healing and feed my skin what it needs to be healthy.
If you’re someone who is is getting consistent breakouts, consider getting to the root cause instead of treating the symptoms/breakouts on your skin. Yesterday I spoke about digestive acne and next week I’m going to talk about hormonal acne. Let’s figure what’s going on inside of you to get you clear!
✌🏼 breakouts 🖕🏼