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Les erreurs à éviter face à l'acné.

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Dealing With Acne

Acne is a skin condition that causes pimples and small lesions to appear on the skin. It can lead to lack of self-confidence and psychological problems. Many mistakes are made when trying to fight acne and pimples. Here is an overview of these mistakes.

Published March 11, 2024, by Sandrine, Scientific Editor — 10 min read

Acne: What Is It?

Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition manifested by the appearance of pimples on the face and/or body. There are many causes: genetic, hormonal, stress-related, due to taking certain medications, etc. It usually affects teenagers, but also adults.

When acne occurs, excessive secretion of sebum (it is called hyperseborrhea) occurs at the level of the hair follicles. The sebum clogs the pores, which are the openings of the sebaceous glands on the surface of the skin. In this greasy environment, the acne bacterium Cutibacterium acnes (formerly Propionibacterium acnes), which feeds mainly on sebum, can proliferate well. This bacterium secretes pro-inflammatory substances that cause the inflammation and pimple formation.

Many mistakes are made in the treatment of acne. These aggravate the formation of pimples. Therefore, it is important to recognize them in order to avoid them.

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Dealing With Acne

  • Excessive cleaning of the skin

    Excessive cleansing decimates the skin's hydrolipidic film and weakens the skin barrier, making it unable to perform its protective function. The skin is more vulnerable to external aggressions and transepidermal dehydration. In response to these aggressions, it overproduces sebum, creating a favorable environment for the formation of pimples. Moreover, excessive cleansing leads to inflammation and redness of the skin.

    So, clean your face no more than once or twice a day. The cleanser should not contain irritating surfactants such as sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, as these severely dry out the skin. For acne-prone skin, you can choose our exfoliating cleansing gel. Based on 5% P.H.A. (INCI: "gluconolactone"), this cleanser provides gentle chemical micro-exfoliation. It unclogs pores and promotes skin hydration. It also contains Aloe vera, which moisturizes and soothes the skin, and inulin, which rebalances the skin microbiota. The contained sweet orange essential oil has antibacterial properties that are ideal for fighting pimples.

    The clarifying cleansing gel is also suitable for acne. It contains 2% zinc PCA, an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and sebum-regulating active ingredient. It thoroughly cleanses the skin and frees it from impurities that clog pores. The contained essential oil of eucalyptus also has antibacterial properties that help limit the appearance of impurities.

  • Failure to moisturize the skin

    Hydration is an important step for all skin types, including acne prone skin. It ensures that the skin barrier is functioning properly. In fact, the skin barrier protects the skin from external influences as well as transepidermal dehydration. When the skin barrier is disturbed, transepidermal water loss leads to excessive sebum production, which is an ideal environment for the formation of pimples.

    Provide your skin with an appropriate moisturizer morning and night. Our purifying face cream contains zinc, which is a key anti-acne ingredient due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and sebum-regulating properties.

  • Using a mechanical peel

    There are different types of peels: chemical (fruit acids), enzymatic (fruit enzymes) and mechanical (grains). Mechanical peels should be avoided for acne, as they can cause micro-injuries in the skin that aggravate the inflammation already present. Instead, we recommend using fruit acid-based peels.

    Our exfoliating serum with 10% glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells, refines and unclogs pores. It also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as chamomile extract and alpha-bisabolol. This serum should only be used in the evening, and sun protection is required throughout the application period.

  • Use of comedogenic products

    Acne is caused by internal factors such as hormonal fluctuations or genetics, but also by external factors such as the use of comedogenic products. These clog the pores of the skin, leading to blemishes. Make sure you use non-comedogenic skin care products, makeup and sunscreen.

  • Touching pimples

    Even though it's tempting, you shouldn't touch your pimples. You risk infection and the formation of scars and/or stripes.

  • Not protecting your skin from the sun

    Many people believe that the sun reduces blemishes. However, this is false! The rays dry out the skin and make you sweat, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, leading to increased pimple formation. When you do expose yourself to the sun, we recommend using a non-comedogenic sunscreen with a high SPF.

  • Neglecting the role of nutrition

    Diet is often neglected, but it plays an essential role in the appearance of your skin. Research has shown, that there is a link between the intestinal microbiota and acne. So, make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet and prefer anti-inflammatory foods with a low glycemic index.


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