We often have customers stop into the shop asking for help dealing with a breakout. We crafted this handy guide to help debunk some breakout myths and help you get on the track to healthy skin.
There isn’t one universal way of dealing with a breakout.
In fact, breakout care is handled differently in the US than it is in other parts of the world. For years we have been marketed with the instructions to use certain topical products that can remove oil and essentially dry out the breakout. In other areas of the world (predominantly in European and Korean skincare rituals), it is encouraged to keep the area well hydrated and undisturbed so that the skin remains healthy and can heal in its time.
The point is - not every breakout is the same, and not every individual’s needs for clearing the breakout are the same.
Here are our tips for taking care of breakouts:
We are big fans of patches because they are sealing the area with a hydrocolloid material* to draw out sebum to speed up the healing process and block the area from being picked. Hydrocolloid patches work best on spots that are closer to the surface, but they do make patches specifically designed for larger, below the surface breakouts.
As tempting as it is to just skip the moisturizer in hopes that the breakout dries up and disappears as quickly as possible - it’s not the most helpful solution. Withholding hydration from your skin will only prolong your recovery because your skin needs hydration to function properly. Dehydrated skin leads to a compromised barrier which will be more susceptible to negative reactions and breakouts. A lightweight, moisturizer is the best option for your overall skin health and healing process.
Clay mask vs enzymatic/chemical treatment
If you have oily skin, a clay mask can aid in the absorbing of excess oils that lead to breakouts. If you are also combating texture associated with breakouts and blackheads, leaning into an enzymatic or chemical exfoliant will help smooth and refine the complexion by breaking down the top layer of skin/dead skin.
If you need help finding the right solution for you, fill out our skin consultation form so we can provide a more personalized recommendation!
*Hydrocolloid was patented in 1967 and revolutionized wound healing for stoma care, chronic wounds, skin tears, pressure ulcers, and much more. The gelatinous material served as an occlusive that created a moist healing space for the area and would draw out large amounts of fluid.