skin conditions

acne and impure skin

Almost everyone experiences at some time in their lives periods of increased outbreaks of acne and/or symptoms of impure skin conditions.

The severity of acne can vary considerably through life. Mild or even moderate acne problems can be treated with various skin treatment products or prescribed creams. More server acne outbreaks, including cystic and inflamed outbreaks should be treated with prescribed medication after due consultation with an expert dermatologist.

How common is acne?
Acne and associated impure skin conditions affects approximately 80% of all teenagers and 90% of those between the ages of 15 and 18, it is equally prevalent between the sexes. Already at the age of 10 acne outbreaks can occur and can continue well into mature life, some may still experience acne related conditions well into their 40’s and 50’s. Acne problems generally occur over parts of the body where the subaceous glands are well developed and larges, namely the chest, back and face.

Why do we get acne?
Most acne and related skin conditions are related to the excessive build-up of sebum. Sebum being an oily, waxy substance produced by the body’s sebaceous glands, designed to coat, moisturize and protect the skin. Hormonal changes are the primary cause of excessive sebum production and this is why many suffer from acne outbreaks during puberty, where the skin becomes inflamed and pores can develop into fluid filled boils.

Unfortunately, hereditary also can play a major role in one’s tendency to suffer from acne. If either parent has had problems, there is a significantly higher chance that children will also suffer from the condition.

Last and not least, lifestyle is also a contributing factor to the development of acne. Poor diet and personal hygiene can and will provoke acne outbreaks, however are seldom the primary cause alone.

What triggers acne?

How to treat acne?
As with many things in life, preventative treatment is easier than curing existing conditions. Good skin care routines, both daily and nightly can greatly decrease the risk of adverse acne outbreaks. Dermatologists can recommend customized treatment with appropriate preventative medication, this medication may include products with active ingredients such as salicylic and azelaic acids combined with sulfur.

These ingredients and both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, helping the body to regulate the production of sebum. If over the counter products with these ingredients don’t have a positive effect after 3-6 months of treatment, it is recommended to consult a professional dermatologist who can advise on a customized treatment program, designed to effectively work with one’s particular skin type, and the underlying causes.

recommended skincare

acne & impurities

Morning:
1. Acticlear Cleanser
2. Acticlear Gel (thin layer)
3. Niacatil 4%

Evening:
1. Acticlear Cleanser
2. Sulfactil Cream (locally on break-outs)
3. Niactil 4%

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