Acne is a common skin disease that causes pimples, a type of skin lesion that forms when the hair follicle found under the skin clogs up. Pimples can grow on any part of the body including the arms, chest, back, shoulders, face and neck. Untreated acne can lead to unsightly scars. There are several factors that contribute to the development of acne including hormonal change (during pregnancy and adolescence), stress, certain food items and pollution. Acne treatment involves skin care products, creams and antibiotics.
The Do’s and Don’ts of acne treatment
- Do not touch, pop, squeeze or pick acne, especially during its active phase, doing this can only make acne worse.
- Use acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, these are effective anti-acne agents.
- Make your skin regimen as gentle as possible, avoid scrubs and abrasive cleansers.
- Wash the face at least twice a day using a mild facial cleanser.
- Wait for the acne products to work, nothing works overnight, the average time it takes is 4 weeks.
- For people with oily hair, use shampoo regularly, oils from the hair clogs pores and cause acne.
- Choose oil-free and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) skin care products and cosmetics.
- Always remember, that acne can be successfully treated.
The difference between adult acne and hormonal acne
Adult acne occurs to both men and women after adolescence, commonly between the ages of 25 and 40. Similar to teen acne, adult acne produces red or pus-filled skin inflammation which results from the blockage of follicles and accumulation of sebum, bacteria and infective agents on the inflamed site. Adult acne usually develops on areas with the most number of follicles and sebaceous glands. These areas include the face, upper back and chest. Adult acne can leave behind acne scars brought about by too much collagen formation on the inflamed site. The typical acne scar looks like ice pick pits.
A correcting facial treatment designed to treat oily skin and acne. This treatment uses a deep cleansing hydroxyl acid solution to help clear pimples and acne. A series of acne treatments can significantly improve acneic skin.
Nutrition and diet for adult acne
A great deal of research has been done which shows that there is a significant link between the types of food we eat and the production of acne. There are certain groups of food that act as a trigger for acne production and other food groups that can help prevent it. As sebum – an oily substance – is one of the factors that can cause acne, it is evident that eating foods which are high in saturated and trans fat can trigger acne. Eating fatty foods such as red meats and dairy products should also be done in moderation. Foods that can help in the prevention of acne are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. These nutrients can boost the immune system, which can protect the body against a variety of infections. Food products that are rich in these vitamins and minerals include vegetables, beans, citrus fruits and green tea. It also helps to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, which can hydrate the skin and promote good health.
Treatment Process and Benefits
- Application of a Bi-phased exfoliation solution which contains glycolic acid, salicylic acid and kaolin – provides deep cleansing and mild exfoliation.
- Application of an Ultra-clearness serum with tea tree oil – helps refine skin texture, making it soft and smooth. Tea tree oil adds a detoxifying effect, removing impurities and free radicals.
- Application of a Clarifying coolness mask – the cooling mask has a soothing effect. It also helps speed the recovery process.
- Application of a normalizing cream with essential oils – This solution has mild antiseptic properties effective in clearing acne.