Acne Skin

 

 

 

What causes acne?

 

There is no single cause for acne and problem-prone skin. Genetics and changes in hormonal activity, first stimulated during adolescence, play a main role in problem-prone skin. Also, while diet is important for skin health, certain foods do not directly cause acne and blemishes. But other factors such as stress, hormonal fluctuations, hot and humid climates, some medications and certain cosmetic ingredients can irritate the skin and clog pores, which can aggravate acne and blemishes. Becauses of all these factors, acne can even develop in adult skin.

 

How do I determine if I have acne?

 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have acne:
- Do you consistently experience areas of blemishes and large eruptions?
- Is your skin texture bumpy and uneven with whiteheads and blackheads?
- Do you have enlarged pores that often become clogged?

Acne skin is typically thick, coarse, with large follicles (pores), shiny with blocked pores and the presence of blemishes. It also contains pustules (acne blemishes) with white or yellow tinged centers.


Skin Care Tips for Acne Skin:

 

1. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing skin excessively or picking blemishes, which can irritate skin and lead to scarring.
2. Cleanse skin morning and night to remove excess oil and dead cells.
3. Use gentle exfoliants such as glycolic acid and/or lactic acid to smooth and normalise skin.
4. Control breakouts and blemishes with skin care that contains salicylic acid and vitamin A, or benzoyl peroxide for antibacterial benefits.
5. Use an oil-free moisturiser that will hydrate the inner layers of the skin without contributing to clogged pores.
6. Use a skin cleansing masque, such as one with natural clay, vitamin A and gentle AHAs and BHAs to clear pore-clogging oil and dead cells.
7. Protect your skin daily with physical suncreen containing zinc oxide with SFP 15 or greater.