How common is it?
- Acne is most common in teenagers, however in the UK, 2 million 30 to 60 year
olds (predominantly women) have acne
- 1 in 5 adults and 15% of the population at any one time suffer
from acne and 85% of us will get acne at some point in our lives
- Acne can be hereditary; if previous generations of your family
have suffered with acne you may also find that you are prone to it
- Stress and
anxiety are considered some of the triggers of acne, these are two typical later
life triggers of the hormonal sensitisation of the skin, which fundamentally is
the main underlying trigger.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by increased sensitisation of the skin to certain
hormones. This change causes a loss of the skins ability to control moisture
levels and skin water loss accelerates. So the skin compensates by thickening
up, laying down more keratin in skin cells and pumping more oil on the
surface in an effort to slow down water loss.
This skin thickening leads to a closure of the hair follicle duct
openings, or narrowing them so that dead skin cells and excess oil combine to cause
a blockage. This creates conditions for skin bacteria to invade and colonise under
the plug, this then causes the host to have an immune response and therefore an
inflamed red spot forms.
does it look like?
Acne comprises of single or clusters of pustules with a white,
black or red heads. There is also usually inflammation (reddening) of the
surrounding skin around the area. Acne can be painful and can sometimes itch.
It most commonly occurs on the face, chest and upper back.
Many women suffer from spotty chests and there are special
Aknicare products just for these areas.
What do we recommend?
Aknicare products are
medically licensed and are available on prescription, over the counter products
and on the internet. They effectively treat acne and maintain spot
free healthy skin. Acne can reappear even after it has been treated,
so it’s really important to keep using the products even when the
spots are gone, for at least 2 months. While the hormonal sensitivity is there,
stopping treatment can result in a relapse.
Cleanser –This exfoliating wash will
deeply cleanse and tone your skin. It uses pyruvic acid which is known to help
reduce oil production and has antibacterial properties also. Use this cleanser
twice a day, morning and night.
Gentle Cleansing Gel –
This is a more gentle version of the Aknicare Cleanser as it does not contain
exfoliating properties, perfect for more sensitive skin types or angry skin. It uses non detergent
silicone and sugar crystals to clean the skin and contains ingredients to slow
down skin thickening.
This is the key acne treatment product, which dramatically reduces oil
production (average 53% oil reduction) and also reduces skin thickening. It
controls bacteria and inflammation and prevents further break outs. Apply twice
a day after cleansing. This is an essential treatment product.
Cream – Skin
can become dry when using acne treatment products. This cream has a slightly
lower amount of the Lotion ingredients but also has hydrating and water binding
ingredients to compensate for drying. This can be an ideal treatment on its own
for maintaining clear skin but also for mild acne. Once you have cleared your
acne, continue using this product daily to keep acne at bay.
Skin Roller – The ultimate spot zapper! Apply this as soon as a spot occurs
or even when you feel one coming (it can actually stop the spot appearing altogether).
Repeat as many times as you like but certainly we know two hourly can stop a spot within 4 hours. It
rapidly calms, soothes spots and kills the bacteria. It contains the same
ingredients as the Aknicare Lotion with added soothing and calming elements to
reduce inflammation around the spot.
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for healthy spot free skin…
- Always keep your skin clean and try to avoid heavy skin make up.
Foundations that contain talc and other harmful ingredients can clog your skin
causing excess oil and breakouts.Consider omega oil supplements.
- Don’t over exfoliate your skin, only do this a few times a week
and at night. Over exfoliation can increase moisture loss and make your acne
worse and only cleanse with WARM water, hot water can cause over production of oil and dry your skin.
- The healthier your diet, the healthier your skin looks. Try and
include lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, green tea and water in your
- Avoid heavy moisturisers and look for products that are
non-comedogenic (Aknicare range is non-comedogenic). This means they will not
clog your pores and are ideal for acne prone or oily skin.(Speak to us about which of our hydrating
moisturisers is best for your skin).
For a free consultation, call the SkinMed Team on 0333 247 247 4.
Thanks for reading!
Peter Roberts, Managing Director at SkinMed.