Everyone knows how uncomfortable and annoying acne can be. Here are five tips to fight back against acne. But first, know your enemy to understand how acne forms. You could have sensitive, combination or normal skin so find the right type of products that will work for your skin.
Five Ways to Fight Back Against Acne
Everyone knows just how uncomfortable and annoying acne can be. Around 85% of Australians aged 15-24 years have a similar problem. We have all been there at least at one point of our lives —a nasty blackhead or pimple that seems to rear its ugly head at the worst possible time — and the older we get, the clearer it becomes, zits aren’t just for teens. So why have these pesky pimples followed us into adulthood? We’ve got five tips to fight back against acne. But before we begin, know your enemy and understand how acne forms in the first place.
The main factor that causes acne are hormones. They cause our oil glands to produce more oil which blocks the pores in our skin. Built up oil causes skin irritation, redness, and tenderness. The bacteria accumulates in the blocked pores, and this makes things even worse. So, what measures can we make to fight against acne, irritated skin, and blocked pores?
Good Skin Care Regime
What all of us should do, even if we do not have acne is have a good skin care regime that will help us remove dirt, excess oil, makeup and other particles that may cause blocked pores. Washing your face regularly is a must, so our face stays clean of these impurities. While this is a good method to reduce the likelihood of blocked pores, cleansing with simple soaps or face wash and water will not be enough for more severe forms of acne. Also, not every product works well with every skin type. You could have sensitive, combination or normal skin so find the right type of products that will work for your skin. If you are dealing with acne, consult with your doctor or dermatologist regarding the products you should use. They will probably recommend to be careful with oils and to try products that contain salicylic acid.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!
Moisturising is an important part of acne treatment; but it should also be a part of our regular skin care routine. Moistened skin tends to loosen sebum (oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) accumulated inside pores. It is also important to use the right type of moisturiser for your skin. This is also the part where you should consult your dermatologist. Every skin type requires moisturization, including oily skin with acne. However, the product you use should have agents that reduce inflammation.
For more severe forms of acne, medication may be required. The doctor may prescribe you:
- Anti-inflammatory medications which prevent or counteract swelling in tissues
- Antibiotics that kill and prevent bacteria
- Topical antiseptic which destroys and prevents the growth of microorganisms on the skin that may cause infection and irritation
- Or Vitamin A derivatives which are used to unblock hair follicles.
Antibiotics can be taken orally or applied topically in the form of a cream, gel, solution, or foam. The doctor will probably first try with topical alternatives because they result in fewer side effects; for more severe cases like cystic acne, oral antibiotics such as Roaccutane, will have to be taken into consideration. If severe acne is affecting you, please consult a healthcare professional or dermatologist. This leads to the next point.
Specialists / Treatments
If you suffer from acne, you will probably need to consult a professional regarding the treatment. Your physician or dermatologist will give you more advice about acne therapy methods.
One of the ways to fight acne symptoms is cryo acne therapy. It utilises a cryotherapy wand to treat specific areas and reduces the redness and inflammation that pimples cause. It also helps to decrease the size of pores and increases the production of collagen and blood circulation. After just one treatment, clients can start to feel the difference in their skin.
Acne therapy with Cryo Australia starts at $65 for a single treatment, $170 for a course of 3 sessions and $320 for a course of 6 sessions.
Exercise and Diet
Exercise reduces insulin output which is one of the leading causes of acne and can also reduce stress which is another reason of acne breakouts. However, make sure to wash your face after every workout to remove sweat and dirt from your skin to prevent irritation and bacteria growth.
Dermatologists will probably recommend a low GI diet along with medical treatment in order to help treat and prevent acne. Instead, opt for complexed carbohydrates and balanced diet rich in fibers. Diet high in sugar and carbs can make things even worse. Healthy, nutritional foods and regular exercise will keep our weight under control as well as reduce and maintain acne symptoms.
The Bottom Line
Acne is not only a condition that affects young people and teenagers, but grownups as well. It can be caused by hormonal disbalance, increase secretion of sebum, and clogged pores. The treatment includes special skin care, and in more severe cases, medication. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics (topical or oral), anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic medications. However, acne treatment requires certain lifestyle changes including regular exercise and a proper diet rich in fibre. To improve collagen production and reduce inflammation, you can also try our cryo acne therapy. Another issue are scars. They can be treated with dermal fillers, lactic acid, retinoids, salicylic acid, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, microneedles, etc.
Find out more about how Cryotherapy can help your Acne and book a session.