What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that gives the appearance of bumpy, textured skin, whiteheads, and red spots across the face, neck, shoulders, and back. Acne can be caused by a variety of things including:
- a change in hormones
- stress from work or home
- bacteria getting trapped in the pores from a buildup of makeup or excess oil
The bacteria on our skin is harmless, but when it is trapped in the pores, it starts to multiply and forms bumps.
If it’s allowed to multiply further, the bump will transform into a red spot.
From this point, if given time, the bacteria starts to dissolve the pore. When the damage is complete, the skin can be left with pock marks which are permanent.
If acne is not treated properly, it can lead to scarring, or ‘pock marking of the skin’.
Acne is most often associated with teenage skin, but acne also affects men, and women of any age. Sadly, adult acne is on the increase and is triggered by the many stresses of modern life.
Acne isn’t just an uncomfortable skin condition to have – it can really impact on a person’s natural beauty and confidence. Many teenagers and women found that prescribed long term antibiotics don’t always work after going to their GP for treatment.
Tips for Dealing with Acne
Acne can be exacerbated by stress or hormones, but there are a few things you can do to help stop your acne from spreading:
- Avoid touching the face and avoid picking
- As tempting as it is, it’s best to avoid using exfoliants, as this can spread the infection
- Avoid products that contain soap or alcohol, as these actually stimulate oil production
- Avoid using towels – use disposal soft tissues to dry skin
- Keep your hair off your face as much as possible
If you are interested in booking an acne consultation, please get touch here or call 07815804498.