Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer to that question. We wish we could wave a magic wand & make all those painful & sometimes embarrassing spots just disappear but sadly this is not the case.
Hopefully during this series of blogs about Acne, it will help you see what can be done & help you on your journey to healthy looking skin.
Lets start at the beginning with – What is Acne?
Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The pores in your skin connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin.
A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.
Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne can become cystic & go onto cause scarring.
How Does Acne Develop?
Sometimes, the hair, sebum, and skin cells clump together into a plug. The bacteria in the plug cause swelling. Then when the plug starts to break down, a pimple grows.
There are many types of pimples. The most common types are:
- Whiteheads. These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.
- Blackheads. These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look black. The black color is not from dirt.
- Papules. These are small pink bumps that can be tender.
- Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top.
- Nodules. These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin.
- Cysts. These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars.
Who Gets Acne?
Acne is the most common skin disease. People of all races and ages get acne. But it is most common in teenagers and young adults. An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. At etain we have recently seen a rise in acne sufferers in there late 20″s early 30’s. Acne can even appear when you are in your forties and fifties.
Not Just ME!
Even the famous are not immune to Acne, there are quite a few Celebs that are now vocal about their suffering & I think this sometimes helps young sufferers see that acne can affect anybody & its not just ME!.
Even the Kardashians – Kendall Jenner has been a sufferer & wrote;
“I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them,” she wrote. “I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face. Sure, I had crushes in high school, but I wouldn’t even think about looking at guys.”
Acne & Me
The effect that acne can have on your self esteem & confidence can be huge, I believe this is the worst part of being an acne sufferer.
Even I have had my confidence knocked by acne when I reached my mid thirties. Owning a salon did not make me immune to acne, my hormones where changing & this impacted my skin. Like everyone else I wanted it gone & I wanted it gone now!!
The Next Step – What can be done?
Firstly it needs to be determined as to what acne you are suffering with, below are how acne is categorised. Who can determined this for you? – Your GP, an advanced Skin Therapist or a Dermatologist.
Acne is categorised into two main groups:
- Non-inflammatory acne, also known as comedones, includes blackheads and whiteheads.
- Inflammatory acne, which includes papules, pustules, nodules and cysts, results from the body’s fight to contain an infection.
Safe, effective treatments are out there, but sometimes it can be a little tricky working out what’s going to work for you.
Self-help strategies for acne
Suggestions to manage acne include:
- Cleansing – using cleansers specifically developed for acne-prone skin can help. Try washing the affected areas twice per day. Don’t overdo it. Too much cleansing can cause other skin problems, such as dryness or skin irritations. Try to keep hair clean and off the face and neck, as oil from the hair can make acne worse.
- Make up – choose water-based, oil-free products where possible to avoid worsening acne by clogging the pores with oils or powder. Make up should be thoroughly removed before going to bed. We do recommend using a mineral make up.
- Don’t squeeze – picking and squeezing pimples can make them worse and lead to scarring.
- Diet – there is some weak evidence that a low-GI diet may help some people with acne. Many people think that lollies or chocolate cause pimples. Research has not shown any strong link with these foods, but if you notice that eating certain foods causes pimples for you, try avoiding them. You could also look at doing a gut cleanse & we can give you extra info on this if you require it.
If self help is not working for you, the next step is to see your GP as there are treatments they can provide.
Medical treatments are topical or oral and can include:
- retinoids, which unblock pores of existing acne and prevent new blockages from developing
- antibiotics to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation
- hormonal agents, such as the contraceptive pill, to reduce the amount of androgen in the body and therefore oil secretion.
I’m not writing this blog so I can preach about our skin care brands, I decided to write it as we have seen an increase in acne clients over the last 6 months and want everyone to know that there is a solution.
Every case of acne is different but it can be treated, some will take longer than others & require a huge commitment from you, possibly your therapist or your GP but in the end you will lift your head up high again & look everyone right in the eye.
We are at present putting together details for an Acne information evening, which will take place in September, if this is something you would be interested in, please let us know.
If you have any questions or comments please leave a message, email the salon at firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us for a chat.
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