Your skin can face many problems and acne is one of the biggest – and most problematic. Acne can cause real self esteem issues, fortunately there are steps you can take to reduce discomfort and improve the appearance of acne. Treatment for acne depends on how severe it is. It can take several months of treatment before acne symptoms improve. If you just have a few blackheads, whiteheads and spots, you should be able to treat them successfully with over-the-counter gels or creams (topical treatments) that contain benzoyl peroxide.
If over the counter products aren’t working or your acne is more widespread, it may be with a visit to your doctor to confirm it is acne and not a skin allergy or other dry skin condition.Once diagnosed, then you may be prescribed antibiotics or prescription creams.
It is a common myth that acne only affects adolescents, it can also occur much later in life.
There are two main types of adult acne:
Persistent acne: If you had acne as a teen, and it is still present in your mid 20s you are probably suffering from persistent acne. Particularly around the mouth, chin and jaw line. Persistent acne often causes inflamed pimples and deep-seated, painful lesions, which can lead to scarring.
Late-onset acne: Acne can appear for the first time as late as in your 30’s,or 40’s. Even during the menopause. Late-onset acne can be just as severe as persistent acne, and can affect the chest and back as well as the face.
The reason this happens is that acne occurs when the oil glands in your skin secrete too much sebum. This overproduction can be caused by hormones, diet, medication, genetics and even the beauty products you use.
Some useful tips…..
Avoid frequent washing, it can be tempting to want to scrub the skin several times a day in the hope that this will reduce your breakouts however this can irritate the skin and make symptoms worse. Use a mild cleanser such as Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser and lukewarm water twice a day. As in most skin conditions, very hot or cold water can exacerbate condition.
Avoid squeezing pores or spots as this can lead to scarring. Make-up and cosmetics can also aggravate the problem if your cleansing regime is not up to scratch. Mineral make up such as Jane Iredale mineral make up is very pure and non comedegenic.
Remember, always take your make up off at bedtime using a gentle cleanser.Using the Dermalogica rule of thumb which is to ‘double cleanse’ to ensure there is no trace of make up or grime left on the skin.
Exercise can give you a boost but make sure you shower immediately afterwards to rid the skin of sweat and avoid irritation to skin.
Wash your hair regularly and avoid letting it fall onto your face as this can make your skin oily.
De- stress ….. stress can exacabate your acne, try to find time to read, do yoga, whatever helps you relax, perhaps a massage !!!
The best products for acne in our opinion:
Teenage acne has met its match with the Clear Start range from Dermalogica to combat acne effectively. Our top seller within the range is the foaming face wash, priced at £15.75 its has a great price for teenagers. There are other products within the range which are also very effective, you can trial the range by purchasing a travel sized kit which includes 5 products and gives you about a months worth of product.
You can also take action with one of these effective Dermalogica products: Dermalogica MediBac Oil Control Lotion has hydrating oil-free, feather-light lotion contains additional micro sponges to help absorb the oil on your skin’s surface and maintain an all day matte finish. It also has an active sebum-regulating complex to help control oil production as well as reducing oily shine.
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30. Although the sun can help acne sufferers, you still need to use sun protection to filter out harmful UV rays – and an oil-free sunscreen is the best product to use. Dermalogica’s lightweight, ultra-sheer sunscreen helps to prevent shine, regulate oil production and soothe inflammation. It contains oil-absorbers to maintain an all day matte finish without a powdery residue and, to be even kinder to acne-prone skin, it is formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.
Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment is perfect for acne and breakout-prone skin this is an intense treatment with a natural-looking tint ideal for daytime coverage of breakouts. Sulfur and Zinc Oxide quickly target, conceal and help clear breakouts – and it’s an amazing alternative for those who prefer treatment products free of Benzoyl Peroxide.
In addition to a good home care routine salon treatments can be a big help.
Mesoestetic peels are excellent for acne suffers, especially if there is scarring. This facial offers a quick and very efficient solution to target acne scarring. The most commonly used peel for acne is the salicylic peel, we have had amazing results with this treatment, recommended as part of a course, this facial can be taken every two weeks for 6 treatments. Cost of one facial peel is £65
Acne treatment using Ellipse targets the acne and scar tissue and helps even out the skins complexion, A patch test is required prior to treatment with treatments starting at £60.
Hopefully we have have picked up a few useful tips here, for further advice please feel free to call the salon.