Why BB Creams Make You Breakout

I finally got an answer! Remember when I told you about how BB creams gave me cystic acne? Now I know why!

Interviewing Dr. Jennie De Jesus, associate dermatologist at the Aivee Clinic at Mega Fashion Hall.

As a beauty journalist, I always start as skeptic (which probably explains my serious face) and research about the real reason behind beauty dilemmas. So I interviewed Dr. Jennie De Jesus, associate dermatologist of the Aivee Clinic, about BB creams.

I had been using BB creams for years, which is why it took me so long to figure out that this was the trigger. All I know is that once I stopped using my beloved BB creams, my breakouts went away (more details here). BUT WHY??? I desperately needed a medical explanation for this, so I was thrilled when Dr. Jennie had an answer.

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How I Got Rid Of My Acne Scars

There are many different types of acne scars. The one I’ll talk about today is, in my opinion, the worst kind. Craters. Pock marks. Just nasty little buggers that leave holes in your face. Ayayay, as if a horrible pimple wasn’t enough.

Sorry, guys. I'm not brave enough to post pics of my skin when it was at it's worst (maybe someday). For now, enjoy this infographic and try to identify which type of scar you have.

Sorry, guys. I’m not brave enough to post pics of my skin when it was at it’s worst (maybe someday). For now, enjoy this infographic and try to identify which type of scar you have.

After my horrible bout with cystic acne (see the major reason behind my breakouts here), I was left with rolling acne scars. Apparently, even if you don’t pick on your pimples and treat it with care, the skin inflammation is so intense that it can still cause significant damage—enough to leave a scar.

When I first noticed the scar(s) left behind by my breakouts, I assumed it was just pigmentation. But once that lightened up, I was horrified to discover that it also left a mini crater. It was most visible under overhead lighting, but I still got super depressed (and stressed out!) since I never had to deal with this before.

Fortunately, I found a few solutions that helped improve my skin condition. The trick is to deal with the scar while it’s fresh and to use the right collagen-boosting cream to help your skin rebuild the cells that were damaged. If you’re dealing with this skin issue, click to find out how you can (hopefully!) solve it.

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