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Acne – What you need to know

  • Acne is most common in teenagers, however it can occur at any age
  • 1 in 5 adults suffer from acne
  • If you have oily skin you are more prone to acne breakouts
  • Acne can be heredity; if previous generations of your family have suffered with acne you may also find that you are more prone to breakouts
  • Stress and anxiety are considered one of the triggers of acne
  • Acne is a common side affect to certain drugs, for example anabolic steroids

What causes acne?

Acne is caused by a hormonal change within the body. This change affects the part of the skin’s structure which contains the hair follicles and sebaceous glands (sweat glands). Increased hormones increases sebum levels in turn, which causes blocking of the sweat glands leading to blocked pores and breakouts.

What does it look like?

Acne comprises of single or clusters of pustules with a white, black or red top.  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.

Product recommendations

Akincare products treat acne and maintain spot free healthy skin. Acne can reappear even after it has been treated, so it’s really important to maintain a good daily skincare routine. 

Aknicare Cleanser – This soothing wash will cleanse and tone your skin. It has exfoliating properties to deeply clean and exfoliate your skin removing any dirt and grease from the skin’s surface. It also contains soothing agents to calm inflamed acne skin. Use this cleanser twice a day, morning and night.

Aknicare 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.

Aknicare Lotion – This is a key acne treatment product, which dramatically reduces oil production and skin thickening. It controls bacteria and inflammation and prevents further break outs. Apply twice a day after cleansing.

Aknicare Cream – Skin can become dry when using acne treatment products. This cream helps to maintain moisture levels and contains a key antibacterial ingredient to reduce oil production and prevent acne triggers within the skin. Once you have cleared your acne, continue using this product daily to keep acne at bay.

Aknicare Skin Roller – The ultimate spot zapper! Apply this as soon as a spot occurs to quickly reduce it’s appearance and to calm the skin. It contains the same ingredients as the Aknicare Lotion with added soothing and calming elements to reduce inflammation around the spot.

Tips for healthy spot free skin…

Always keep your skin clean and try avoid heavy skin make up. Foundations that contain talc and other harmful ingredients can clog your skin causing excess oil and breakouts. Switch to mineral make up, your skin will thank you!

The healthier your diet, the healthier your skin looks. Try and include lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, green tea and water in your daily diet.

Only cleanse with WARM water, hot water can cause over production of oil and dry your skin.

Avoid heavy moisturisers and look for products that are non-comedogenic. This means they will not clog your pores and are ideal for acne prone or oily skin. Heliocare Gel SPF 50 or SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel are great moisturisers if you suffer from acne.

Tamara Gill

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