Combination and acne prone skin

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Below you’ll learn more about combination and acne-prone skin, its underlying causes and what you can do to treat it as effectively as possible.

What do combination and acne-prone skin mean, respectively?

Before we start talking about acne-prone skin, it makes sense to talk about combination skin first and foremost. That’s because this skin type often comes as a precursor to acne-prone skin, at least in specific facial areas. So, let’s start out by explaining what counts as combination skin before moving on to solely acne-prone skin.

Combination skin

Combination skin is normally characterised by two or more different skin conditions in the facial area, which may fluctuate with seasonal changes. Usually, the cheeks are dry and flaky, while the so called T-zone produces too much oil — which leads to a shiny appearance. The T-zone is the forehead, nose and chin, which together form a T-shaped area.

With combination skin, the pores in the T-zone region tend to be larger than those on the cheeks, for example. That’s because the glands under the skin overproduce sebum (a natural oil substance which lubricates the skin); when dead skin cells block the pores, they cause sebum to build up — which then enlarges the pores. Blocked pores in the T-zone are also why people with combination skin tend to get acne and whiteheads.

Due to the opposing elements in play with combination skin, this skin type requires a more complex moisturiser than ordinary skin does — because it needs to work for the dry skin on the cheeks as well as the oiler T-Zone. This is where Nøie comes into the picture. We are dedicated to creating the best moisturisers possible — products which can soothe dry skin yet also suppress sebum production in the T-zone. This isn’t an easy task; but with science, innovative ingredients, and crowd-sourced ‘real life’ data, we are up for the job. Stay tuned for when we launch our new formulas in March 2020.

We are dedicated to creating the best moisturisers possible — products which can soothe dry skin yet also suppress sebum production in the T-zone

Acne-prone skin

As we explained above, combination skin can be a precursor for acne-prone skin — but other factors can also be important triggers.

Hormones play a major role when it comes to acne and are especially dominant when we reach puberty, affecting 85% of all teenagers at some point during that time of hormonal change. But not many people know that around 2% of adults actually suffer from acne throughout their lives as a result of hormone fluctuations or genetics. Whether these genetic factors are correlated with our immune responses to inflammation or other causes is still unclear. Nevertheless, our genetics are still a major contributing factor when it comes to acne.

For many people, acne only affects their faces. But for some, the most severely affected areas are actually the upper back and shoulders — which means that acne isn’t necessarily something that’s always easy to see.

Not many people know that around 2% of adults actually suffer from acne throughout their lives as a result of hormone fluctuations or genetics

As unfair as it might seem, some people who follow a healthy diet and exercise get acne while others who regularly eat junk food and skip the gym have flawless skin. The unfairness might be rooted in — you guessed it — their genes. And even though it might sound like a lost cause, there are actually many things you can do to improve acne-prone skin. One of them is using the right skincare for your specific skin, alongside embracing a healthy lifestyle which includes a good diet and plenty of exercise.

What can Nøie do?

Something very exciting is coming soon! At Nøie, we’re always working intensively with both internal and external experts on formulating, optimising, and testing our formulas. This is because our goal is to provide people living with either combination and/or acne-prone skin with the absolute best skincare to help with their daily skin challenges. Soon, we’ll be able to send you a product for your combination and/or acne-prone skin — customised for you and your issues!

We’re almost there, so sign up here to get the scoop on when our new formulas land.

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