What is acne?

Last week a couple of people messaged asking to know more about acne so i will be preparing some information for all of you to read through.

Acne is a skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.

Whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts, and nodules are all types of acne. You will almost always notice inflammation of the skin which is more often than not painful.

It is the most common skin condition in the world, affecting up to 70 million people yearly.

It commonly occurs during puberty, when our glands start producing oil (sebum), but it can occur at any age. For example I myself suffered from adult acne which exhibited itself in my mid 20s It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars and can cause alot of psychological issues. People who suffer from acne tend to be shy; avoid going out with friends and on dates; avoid having their picture taken and all of this can reduce a persons quality of life.

The glands produce oil and are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands in both males and females.

At least 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 years experience acne at some point in their life.

The facts about acne made simple:

Human skin has pores that connect to oil glands under the skin. Follicles connect the glands to the pores. Follicles are small sacs that produce and secrete sebum.

Sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin.

Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, and oil builds up under the skin.

Skin cells, sebum, and hair can clump together into a plug. This plug gets infected with bacteria, and swelling results. A pimple starts to develop when the plug begins to break down.

There are two main strains of bacteria which have been found to play a major role in related surface skin inflammation. In acne-prone skin, the skin surface – is unbalanced and we see an overgrowth and imbalance of this bacteria. This imbalance can cause inflammation, which means that you end up getting spots; inflamed pimples and blackheads. We have spoken about bacteria before when talking about the gut. Now we know that we also have living organisms on our skin that can cause several skin conditions and therefore we need to treat these appropriately to avoid getting these imperfections.

So what can cause this imbalance?

A range of factors triggers acne, but one of the main causes is thought to be a rise in imbalance in hormones.

Some studies suggest that genetic factors may increase the risk.

Other causes include:

  • some medications that contain hormones, and antidepressants for example.

  • greasy cosmetics

  • hormonal changes

  • emotional stress

  • menstruation (in fact many women get a couple of pimples around the time they get their period.)

  • Change in environment and sleeping patterns

  • change in eating patterns

So how do I start treating early signs of acne?

We need to make sure we clean our face well. By that I mean using the right products. La roche posay Effaclar range can work wonders for acne – it was the range I used when I had acne myself. When washing your face make sure to use the right amount of face was as too much can lead to an imbalance (this is true for all brands of washes) – a pea size amount is enough – as you will end up with residues on the skin. Rinse your face with luke warm water, wash your face properly by using your finger tips, rinse off properly and make sure you remove all the product as leaving any wash on your face can result in flaky patches. Use a clean towel for your face and not the same one you used for the rest of your body. Wash your face in the morning and in the evening.

In the morning you can use an mattifying cream. sometimes the glands are so active that within a couple hours of washing, your face might have excessive oil on it again. To fight oily skin throughout the day, a mattifier can help control sebum without you needing a prescription from a dermatologist. Effaclar Mat is one of my favourite mattifying creams you can find it from any pharmacist and it is also a perfect make up base.

After washing your face in the evening use a treatment cream. I will talk to you a little bit Effaclar Duo +. Again this is what I used to use when I had acne but now it has become even better as La Roche Posay keep investing in improving all their products. This is why I absolutely love this brand <3. My acne was very severe so I ended up having to take medication as well but this product helped me stay acne free and helped also make sure I had no residual marks 😀 yeay

Effaclar Duo is Fresh gel-cream, it offers 24hr hydratation and long lasting mattity. Absorbs quickly for a non-sticky, non-oily finish. I absolutely love the texture – i tried it out recently again just to be sure and its even better than when I used to use it and I am sure you will love it as well.

So what does it do?

– Reduces inflammation – you know the redness

– Reduces sebum secretion – Prevents marks after the pimples go down (and we know we all hate those) – Reduces breakout recurrence – by reducing the bacteria that actually causes acne

-its efficacy in reducing pimples is seen up to 2 months after stopping it

AND GUES WHAT … it contains probiotics that will rebalance the skins environment. We all know about the benefits of probiotics on our gut and this produce will do the same directly on your skin!!!!

Take a small amount of cream, the equivalent of the pulp at the tip of the finger. Heat the cream between your fingers to facilitate its penetration without overemphasizing the face. Then, with the hands placed on each side of the face, gently massage your forehead, making light movements from the inside to the outside of the face. Do the same on the middle area, always from the nose to the cheeks.

You will see visible effects after only 12 hours of applying this product.

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