What causes acne?
Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, debris, make up, dead skin, or bacteria. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders.
Each pore of your skin is the opening to a follicle. The follicle is made up of a hair and a sebaceous (oil) gland.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin, sensitivity and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch.
Why do I have acne?
Acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels and it can start at any age.
Certain hormones cause the oil-producing glands next to hair follicles in the skin to produce larger amounts of oil (excess sebum).
This excess sebum changes the activity of a usually harmless skin bacterium called P. acnes, which becomes more aggressive and causes inflammation and pus.
Other possible triggers of an acne flare-up include: some cosmetic products that are not suitable for your skin type,
- certain medications – such as steroid medicines, lithium (used to treat depression and bipolar disorder) and some drugs used to treat epilepsy
- regularly wearing items that place pressure on an affected area of skin, such as a headband or backpack
- smoking – which can contribute to acne in older people
Although acne are difficult to treat and often cannot be cured, it can be controlled with treatment.
Here are 3 Simple Skincare Steps you could follow to treat acne:
- Clean Your Face With Cleansing Brush
LumiSpa®treats and cleanses the skin in one simple step. LumiSpa® Treatment Cleanser Acne, specially designed to use together with ageLOC® LumiSpa® device , is a mild formula that contains 0.5% salicylic acid to help clear pores and reduce most breakouts.
- Use Adequate Skincare daily protocol
Wash your face with salicylic acid based Cleanser For Blemish Prone Skin and lukewarm water. Very hot or cold water can make acne worse.Do not try to “clean out” blackheads or squeeze spots. This can make them worse and cause scarring.Avoid using too much make-up and cosmetics. Use water-based light products that are described as non-comedogenic. This means the product is less likely to block the pores in your skin.If your skin feels dry and needs hydration, use lightweight Moist Serum based on hyaluronic acid.
Regular use of heavy foundations can block pores – opt for light BB Cream with SPF.
Clear Action® Acne Treatment has clinically proven benefits:
- Salicylic acid penetrates pores and dissolves the debris that causes breakouts.
- Mandelic acid helps reduce the potential development of dark spots.
- White tea extract is a powerful antioxidant that restores the skin’s natural resilience.
- Patented alpha lipoic acid helps improve the appearance of uneven texture and skin discolouration from past breakouts.
- Retinol works to smooth and even skin tone.
- Embrace healthy lifestyle
Although there’s no strong scientific evidence linking diet and exercise to acne, feeling good will undoubtedly help boost your self – confidence.
Several studies suggest that following a healthy diet can help prevent and treat acne. In particular, foods rich in the following nutrients are linked to lower levels of acne: complex carbohydrates, zinc, vitamins A and E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.
“I started using Skin Perfecting Complex when my skin was inflamed due to stress. I had breakouts of eczema and blotchy patches on my neck and face. It quickly cleared up and felt much more clam. Plus no pesky hormonal breakouts either.” – Sandra Cooke, Celebrity make up artist.
You should see a GP or dermatologist, if you have moderate or severe acne, and you develop nodules or cysts, as they need to be treated properly to avoid scarring.
Treatments can take up to 6 months to work, so do not expect results overnight. Once they do start to work, the results are usually good.
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