At the Venice Film Festival, Giulia De Lellis fearlessly shows her acne: what are the mistakes to avoid in order not to make it worse?
We saw it at the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Fresh, young and beautiful in a fluffy lilac dress, a soft crop and a sexy, yet elegant make-up. And despite this, something seems to have attracted the attention of most. In fact, Giulia De Lellis' acne has not gone unnoticed. Who defined her as the champion of Skin Positivity, aimed at accepting normal, real skin and not full of photographic and other retouching. Who instead pointed to her because, on her Instagram profile, she showed retouched photos while her skin with imperfections could be seen in the newspapers.
The truth is that despite being an Influencer, a social and TV personality, Giulia De Lellis remains a young girl who suffers from acne, be it occasional or linked to different problems. There is nothing wrong with showing it, it makes it real and closer to normal women and girls who fight this problem every day.
Acne is a serious problem that should not be underestimated. It is necessary to go to a specialist to understand the nature of this problem, often not related only to the skin factor. We need to investigate on several fronts: it could be a hormonal problem, an internal pathology, an unbalanced diet or some allergy. The important thing is, in the event of large outbreaks or acne that does not tend to go away but always remains present, to rely on competent people to avoid worsening the situation or, worse, finding yourself with scars.
In the case of outbreaks, then, it is necessary to understand if products have been used or a change of habits to bring this problem. It is different if you suffer from sudden pimples or during your period, which is quite common. However, there are a whole series of mistakes that you absolutely must not make and false myths to dispel about pimples and acne.
Never squeeze pimples and pustules to avoid infecting the area
The first fundamental rule is one: never squeeze pimples and pustules hoping to improve the situation. In fact, if they are red it means that they are not yet ripe and, by crushing them, you risk getting wounds and abrasions in the hope of pulling out the pus, still in formation. In this case it is essential to use specific products that burn the area, in order to make them regress and swell, without making them grow further. In the case of a pustule with pus, on the other hand, squeezing it is equivalent to spreading the infection. The fingers, in fact, risk spreading it also to the surrounding areas, perhaps touching the face to try to eliminate others. In this case you need products to be applied locally that are able to dry the pimple, so that the pus disappears by itself. Look for clear gels, creams or patches that you apply in the evening and which already guarantee excellent results in the morning.
Don't use toothpaste to try to dry them out faster
A method that is still too often used to dry pimples in the hope of making them disappear faster is to use toothpaste. Nothing more wrong! Toothpaste is not a product formulated and tested to be applied to the skin and the fact that it actually dries the pimple does not mean that it is suitable for this problem. In fact, it dries the pimple but also the surrounding skin, making it red and flaky. Menthol and other substances contained within, then, can worsen the situation and inflame the skin. Why use a product for the teeth when there are specific cosmetics for acne?
Do not use too much degreasing products to clean it
Another myth to dispel about acne-prone skin is that it is oily and therefore needs degreasing products to improve it. False! It is not said that acne-prone skin is necessarily oily, quite the contrary. Often oily skin has another type of pimples, due to occlusion of the pores or too greasy substances that do not allow the skin to breathe well, but we do not necessarily speak of acne. In one case or another, the important thing is to use special products, which do not close the pores, are not comedogenic but, at the same time, are delicate and respect the hydrolipidic film of the skin. This, once cleansed, must neither pull nor burn. In case of acne, then, it is better not to use make-up remover pads to avoid any rubbing because the skin is already sensitive and sore. Use gel or mousse products, to be gently massaged on the face and removed with water.
Acne-prone skin should not be hydrated and oily: false!
As for hydration, as for cleansing, it is believed that acne-prone skin should not be hydrated or that only products to degrease it should be used. Skin with pimples needs purifying, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant products, but also soothing and moisturizing. As always, in the most important cases, it is good to ask a dermatologist for advice, also because real oral medications are often prescribed or to be applied directly to the skin, which tend to irritate it a lot. Gel formulations with moisturizing active ingredients, such as aloe or hyaluronic acid, are ideal because they refresh, soothe, hydrate and protect the skin, but do not contain oily substances in large quantities, which could worsen the situation.
Don't touch your skin often and always wash your hands
You know, when you find yourself with pimples on your face, the instinct to touch them is very high. It is a natural action, either just to check their condition or because they are in pain. Touching the face, however, further irritates the area and makes the situation worse. Especially because we often touch our skin without thinking about it, even outside or without washing our hands. If you really have to, cleanse your face and hands thoroughly, making sure you have them perfectly clean and sanitized.
Never use dirty brushes for makeup
Acne sufferers often tend to wear a lot of makeup to hide as much as possible a problem that can create discomfort. There is nothing wrong with that, we all want to look our best and so here we apply concealer, foundation and eye and lip make-up to shift attention and not let it fall back on pimples. But, while brushing is essential in any case, it is even more so in the case of ongoing acne and pimples. The bacteria that remain on the brush are spread all over the face, worsening an already inflamed skin, with pustules and pimples. Result? Not only a worsening of those present, but also a possible increase. Wash the brushes after each application, with water and Marseille soap or, if nothing else, with special brush cleansers, products that are sprayed on the brush and dry quickly, able to disinfect the bristles.
Don't take your make-up off before going to bed
Another general mistake, but which is aggravated in case of acne or pimples, is not to remove make-up before going to bed. Makeup is a great ally and, if used correctly, does not cause skin problems. But not removing make-up before going to sleep means first of all leaving chemicals and pigments on the skin, which can clog pores and prevent it from breathing. Furthermore, it is assumed that you are makeup to go out, so the skin not only accumulates cosmetics, but also pollution, smog, dirt, skin and dead cells. Password, therefore, cleansing!