Got painful inflamed red bumps? Oh, no! When it’s that time of the year again, you’re more concerned with stocking up on study supplies, hunting down textbooks, and figuring out your class schedule than grappling skin issues. But just like school, perfect skin requires diligent preparation. So in this lesson, we’ll learn about the chemistry of acne.

Discover how to stop the cycle of pain, redness, and bumpy texture.

The Science of Acne

Deep under your skin, there are a number of things occurring at the cellular level to create acne. Acne results from a constant cycle of oil production, bacterial infection, and inflammation. Besides painful red bumps, acne-sufferers have to deal with the aftermath: scabs, scars, and tissue damage.

In the vicious cycle of acne, first comes the overproduction of sebum. Once it hardens and blocks your pore, everything seems to go downhill! Bacteria start to form, which in turn triggers an inflammatory response. To end the cycle, you must remove excess oil, eliminate bacteria, and stop inflammation.

Legendary Decloggers

To prevent problems before they occur, clear your face of clogs, plugs, and excess sebum. We recommend AHAs and BHAs for this. A facial cleanser or cream with either of these ingredients will free the skin of stubborn oily buildup that hardens on the face and blocks the pores. By keeping your face free of surface- and pore-buildup, you could prevent future inflamed acne breakouts and cysts.

Cellular Conquest

Inflamed acne, which includes red bumps and painful spots, is the result of a bacterial infection. To kill off the bacteria that are feasting on excess sebum in your pores, use skincare products with benzoyl peroxide. Whether you choose a cream, mask or face wash, the benzoyl peroxide within the product will sink into your pores to kill the bacteria, calming any red bumps and lessening the pain. The downside to using benzoyl peroxide is that it can be harsh. Usage often results in dried out, irritated skin.

Eradicate Excess

Another great way to tackle inflamed acne is to dry up excess oil. Sulfur is really effective in drying out acne outbreaks or cysts. Though it can make the surface or your skin peel and flake, it takes down big-time inflammations like cysts overnight. How does it work? Sulfur erases active inflammation by drawing out the excess oil from over-productive sebaceous glands.

Stop Inflamed Acne

Instead of juggling three different harsh products to tackle sebum, bacterial infection and inflammation, stop acne with a gentler, but equally effective treatment. Blu-U uses intense blue light waves to accurately kill the very bacteria that grow inside acne bumps. Blu-U does not contain UV rays, which means that it will not cause damage to the skin and collagen. This treatment only takes about 15-17 minutes and it’s completely painless. Blu-U’s blue light therapy is an FDA-approved method of reducing and clearing inflamed acne without the use of harsh products and antibiotics.