Your Guide To Bacne
It seems like every day there are new words or neologisms appearing out of nowhere, and while we might not be able to help you out with decoding the likes of “Finna” “Steez” and “Yeet” we have your back when it comes to decoding “Bacne”.
Much like the acne you experience on your face, ‘bacne’ is caused by a build-up of sebum which causes the pores to become clogged or blocked.
Oil production is affected by our hormones and can particularly go into overdrive around menstruation. Sebum is also stimulated by the hormones women experience during pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause.
When the clogged pore is exposed to air it turns black and a blackhead form. When the pore remains closed and doesn’t come into contact with air it will turn a white or yellowish colour, a “whitehead”.
Like most things there is also a genetic factor involved. If members of your immediate family have experienced acne, then your likelihood of acne and bacne increases.
You might have heard the term “Fungal Acne” before – this usually refers to breakouts on the skin which look like normal acne but don’t respond to treatment. The medical term for these spots is Pityrosporum Folliculitis.
To get technical this isn’t actually acne, it just presents quite similarly. This type of folliculitis is a fungal infection of the hair follicle caused by the Malassezia yeast species and is most common in teenagers, due to their increased oil production from fluctuating hormones.
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This sort of infection can start to play up in humid and warm conditions and is exacerbated by unbreathable materials (so make sure you shower and change immediately after your dance/yoga/gym session).
Diet can also contribute to fungal infections so best to cut down on foods with a high GI (Glycaemic Index) including white bread, rice, cakes, cookies, potato fries, chips and sweetened yoghurts.
If you have a fungal infection head straight to a GP. They will be able to provide topical treatment or a course of antibiotics. GP’s and dermatologists may also recommend antibacterial body washes to assist with treatment.
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Trust that if you are doing the right things, your skin will clear up. Sometimes this process takes a little longer than we want, and sometimes medical intervention is needed. That’s ok. Focus on what you can control.
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Speaking of things, you can control! Let’s look at a couple of products that will help you on your way.
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These patches are vegan friendly, contain no sulphates, parabens, alcohols, or silicones and are non-drying making them perfect for sensitive skin. Oh, and they can also be used on Fungal Acne. HOORAY!
Simply peel down the sheet and remove the sticker, place the sticker on the whitehead and leave until the patch turns white.
Once the patch turns white that means all the gunk has been removed and you are good to go. These patches can take a beating so feel free to work out in them or wear them on a night out. They won’t come off and no one will be even see you’re wearing one!
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"Trust that if you are doing the right things, your skin will clear up. Sometimes this process takes a little longer than we want, and sometimes medical intervention is needed. That’s ok. Focus on what you can control."- STYLE STORY, Your Go-To for Kbeauty
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