Top tips for acne sufferers
As Acne Awareness Month draws to a close, Giorgina Szirtez, our non-surgical expert, gives us a few tips on how to look after your skin...
Almost 85% of people will develop acne at some point in their lives. Acne is the most common skin condition that consists of comedones, papules, pustules and cysts. Acne generally develops on areas that contain a lot of sebaceous (oil) glands, like the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Acne is most common in puberty, but many adults also develop the condition.
Acne is caused by 3 major factors:
(1) Blockage of hair follicles (pores), where sebum is produced, by dead skin cells
(2) Overproduction of sebum
(3) Proliferation of P. acnes bacteria and consequent inflammation
- Don’t touch your face, it’s a common habit and your hands can carry bacteria.
- Don’t pop squeeze or pick, this can cause scarring.
- Gently wash your face twice a day with mild cleanser. Washing to frequently and scrubbing can irritate the skin.
- Use non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) skin care products.
- Avoid alcohol based products. They strip skin of its natural moisture, causing it to compensate with increased oil production.
- Make sure your hair is clean. Oily hair can lead to acne around the hairline.
- Clean your make-up brushes and sponges. Prevent bacteria and dirt build-up by washing them in lukewarm water with a gentle cleanser or shampoo.
- Keep your smartphone clean with anti-bacterial wipes.
- Remove your make-up before bed, and not just with wipes
- Make sure your pillowcase is clean. Bacteria multiply very rapidly so this can stop it spreading.
- Take note of what triggers your acne. Triggers can include certain foods, facial products, stress etc. Keep a symptom diary to help you make links over time.
We offer a wide range of products and treatments to help with the management of acne. For a free consultation with Giorgina, please call 0121 456 0870.