ACNE AND HOW TO TREAT IT
What is acne?
Acne – or what some describe rather dismissively as “bad spots” - is a simple description for what is a complex and often distressing skin condition. It is characterised by red pimples especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands. Acne is prevalent chiefly among adolescents but adults can suffer too, but with the right advice and treatment, acne can be controlled and healthy, blemish-free complexions can be the result.
- Mild – Skin is congested, mainly with blackheads and whiteheads, with possibly a few pustules.
- Moderate – Skin shows a greater number of pustules, mostly on the face.
- Severe – Face, chest and back have significant number of pustules and visible inflammation.
- Cystic – A large number of painful inflamed pustules, possibly nodules and cysts.
The causes of acne?
There are many reasons for the development of acne and more than one trigger is not unusual.
Hormones - most commonly acne is experienced during periods of hormonal flux – for example during puberty (both sexes) and at certain times during the female menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and sometimes during menopause.
Stress - exaggerated levels of stress can result in acne conditions
Strong medication – a medical solution to one problem sometimes results in an overload which the body wishes to get rid of, via the skin
Unhealthy lifestyle - (poor diet, lack of exercise) because the skin is the body's largest organ and reflects what is going on “inside”.
Genetics – if a parent has suffered with acne, the offspring are more likely to experience similar conditions at some stage in their life.
In all cases, skin cells experience an over-production of sebum which if not removed effectively, can block the pores. The blockage then creates swelling and irritation (inflammation) and the healthy bacteria that live very peacefully in our skin, come under attack from more aggressive bacteria, leading to a vicious circle of inflammation feeding harmful bacteria which prevent the skin from being healed and calmed.
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Conventional medical ACNE treatment v natural remedies
It is understandable, given that acne is so visible to those around us, that those who suffer want quick and intensive solutions.
The traditional approach to reducing acne symptoms includes products designed to clear (or at least reduce) the spots and pimples, to slow the production of sebum, to limit the growth of bacteria, to speed up the skin-shedding process and to unclog the pores. Treatments may be topical (applied to the skin) or pill based and often in the quest for that quick solution, a visit to the local chemist for an off-the-shelf “spot corrector” or when that fails to cure the problem – or rather, make it worse! - visit their GP for “something stronger” such as a miracle cream.
Conventional medical approach in these circumstances tends to prescribe Benzoyl Peroxide, but this can dry the skin to such an extent that the skin is excessively dry and often painful. In more severe cases, Isotretinoin can be prescribed following careful consultation and patients have reported a dramatic reduction in acne lesions, but the chance of nasty side effects is much greater.
Skincare for Acne
Alternatively, moving away from conventional treatment, a number of new acne skincare treatments are using probiotic therapy with impressive results. A more natural approach is to promote the use of “good” bacteria i.e. probiotics and recent studies have indicated that when used in the treatment of acne, whilst the treatment programme is longer , the resulting healing process delivers excellent results, no side-effects and an enjoyable, non-medicated skincare routine.
Probiotic Facial Cleansers
Topically applied probiotics do seem to have a role in clearing acne – so much so that some experts suggest that they could actually replace antibiotic treatments at some point in the future. Eminence Organic Skincare's Clear Skin Probiotic range for the treatment of acne and acne prone skin is proving to be very beneficial in terms of reducing inflammation and breakouts, balancing oil production and improving the complexion.
- 75% of users reported a reduction in acne lesions and scars in just 14 days
- 100% of users showed results in 28 days.
As determined by an independent FDA accredited laboratory
Some helpful tips:
- Use an Acne Face wash to cleanse the skin using gentle but effective products, that remove dirt and impurities and help to mop up excess oil without aggravating the skin or stripping the skin of vital oils. Eminence's Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is a Top 10 Best Selling product.
- Have a regular skincare routine that will cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, support and protect the skin, to bring about sustainable improvement over time. Try Eminence's Clear Skin Starter Set –approximately one month's supply of Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, Masque, Booster- Serum and Moisturiser.
- Identify the triggers and try to make a difference where possible.
- Consider increasing your intake of “good bacteria” both internally and externally.
- Have patience - the life cycle of a skin cell is approximately 28 days so it takes time to renew!
- Don't forego a moisturiser - they have hydrating and protective qualities. Eminence's Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturiser is ultra-light and non-greasy.
- Use serums and concentrates instead of a moisturiser if you don't like the “feel” of a moisturiser. Eminence Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum, Herbal Spot Serum or Eight Greens Youth Serum provide support and have super-fast absorption rates.