Acne Cosmetica is a mild type of comedonal ( small, flesh-coloured white or dark bumps that give skin a rough texture) acne resulting from the use of cosmetics. Although it may form anywhere on the body, it is most commonly found in the areas that are more exposed to cosmetic products, such as the face, neck, and scalp. Acne Cosmetica presents itself as small bumps underneath the skin, open or closed comedones, accompanied by uneven texture and roughness. Compared to hormonal and bacterial acne, this cosmetic acne is mild and easy to prevent and treat

Causes of acne cosmetic

  • Acne Cosmetica is caused by the use of hair or skin products that clog the pores. Oil products that have a likelihood of clogging the pore, excess sebum, debris, and bacteria, accumulate within the hair follicles on the skin, blocking the pores and resulting in blemishes, dirty makeup brushes or applicators, and infrequent washing.
  • Apart from avoiding the use of these products, and using non-comedogenic ones instead, you should also wash your face twice a day to remove excess oil, use moisturizing creams but without oils, dry the skin without rubbing it, and try to the hair does not have as much contact with your face and use sunscreen without oils or fats.

Acne Cosmetica symptoms

> Congested skin

Skin congestion is a build-up of products, dead skin cells, impurities, and oil that gets trapped in the pores. It can take the form of whiteheads, blackheads, or bumps. Congested skin has an uneven texture and is often rough and dull-looking.

> Breakouts in certain areas

Breakouts appearing on specific areas of your face, such as the hairline or forehead may indicate an issue with your hair care products. pimples found on the entire face and neck can suggest you are using the wrong moisturizer or foundation. Pimples, blackheads, or inflamed pustules usually appear in the area of application with prolonged use of the product. When you stop using the cosmetic that caused the acne, it disappears until it is completely cured. It is much more common in adolescent girls and women in adulthood.

Type of cosmetic acne
>Levels of cosmetic acne
cosmetic acne can also be classified into levels distinguishing inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions, that is, closed and open comedones, and papules and pustules that depending on the severity, the consequences can be scars that are difficult to hide and even more to eliminate, and they differentiate between mild, moderate and severe cosmetic acne.
Mild cosmetic acne is characterized by reddish lesions at first that later turn into closed comedones due to increased sebum that traps bacteria and dead cells, and white pellets are seen at the tip of the bump. Open comedones are also considered mild cosmetic acne, these are blackheads, open pores that oxidize by sebum and keratin and present that color when exposed to air and sun.
Cosmetic acne, when moderate, appears in the affected area as papules, that is, as hard pimples that can be painful to the touch, and forms when an open or closed comedo is irritated. Likewise, the pustules are also moderate cosmetic acne, these are pimples that contain pus in the center while in the pustules there is no presence of pus.
When cosmetic acne is severe then the lesions are called cysts, and they are much more difficult to remove because they are very painful soft purulent subcutaneous pockets that leave scars, like nodules, that do not have pus. These are generally the consequence of cosmetic acne that was not treated in time and that the product that caused it was used without moderation even when it should have been discontinued. Severe cosmetic acne leaves residual lesions such as hyperpigmented lesions, scars, and keloids that can be difficult to treat if not fought in time, the first thing to do is to abandon the comedogenic cosmetic and then keep the face and affected area clean. The creams and medicines will be prescribed by the dermatologist.

Acne Cosmetica treatment

  • Diligent hygiene
  • Acne skincare products
  • Specialist acne treatments
  • Acne Cosmetica prevention
  • implementing simple changes in your skincare regime and daily routine can make a vast difference. ensure you clean off your make don’t go to bed with it
  • Switch to skincare and makeup products that are labeled as ‘non-comedogenic’
  • Avoid applying heavy moisturizers or oils
  • Apply hair pomades or oils at least 1inch below the roots or just to the ends. This will prevent it from traveling onto your scalp or hairline.
  • Cleanse daily using an oil-free gentle cleanser
  • Avoid wearing heavy makeup
  • Clean your brushes, applicators, and other utensils after each use, and do not lend them to others

In conclusion, to combat cosmetic acne on any skin type, the main recommendation is the one I just mentioned: do not use comedogenic cosmetics, and in case it is too late, you already have the outbreak, then you have to stop using the external factor which is causing the clogged pores.



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