It’s estimated that 85% of teens suffer from acne at some point. That’s not surprising.
Yet 20% of adults also must deal with acne. Most are women suffering from late onset acne (common in women from 20s to 50s) which is thought to be on the rise.
Given how Acne can damage your facial skin, you’ll want to understand the condition to help avoid any scarring.
Let’s take a quick look at what acne is and discover the best ways to prevent and treat it.
What is Acne?
Acne is a dermatological condition where your skin oil builds up around a hair follicle. Oil in and on your skin and hair is normal and healthy. It offers protection from the drying effects of harsh weather.
Acne occurs when dead skin, bacteria, or dried oil blocks the opening on your skin’s pores. Oil builds up underneath resulting in redness and inflammation.
However, for many people (including pregnant or menopausal women) hormonal changes cause oil glands next to hair follicles to produce too much sebum (skin oil) and if the pore is blocked, the sebum builds up putting pressure on the skin’s outer layers. That sets the stage for a potentially injurious outbreak of acne.
When Acne Strikes!
Unfortunately, some sufferer’s skin produces huge amounts of sebum. When blocked, the pimples and large blemishes that appear can actually cause damage to the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin, even if the person does not squeeze them.
The experts believe acne is hormone driven. It doesn’t matter what you eat or drink. Stress and lack of facial cleaning may aggravate it. Severe acne if left unmanaged can leave disfiguring marks and crevices in skin.
How to Control Acne Breakouts
Aside from drugs which reduce sebaceous gland output, you can apply topical serums and use oil-free cleansers to keep skin pores unclogged. Those with severe acne need a physician’s or dermatologist’s care.
If you have occasional acne, oily skin, and blemishes you should:
- practice proper cleaning with a good, daily skin care regimen
- use an oil-free cleanser and avoid scrubbing the skin
- wash your hair daily and keep it away from your face
- use a vitamin A or retinol-based serum to regenerate your skin
- don’t pick or scratch (you don’t want to damage your sensitive facial skin)
MonoDermà A15, a pure retinol skin serum should be part of your skin care regimen. It helps with natural exfoliation of the skin and may reduce the amount of oil your skin produces, as well as suppress the formation of androgen, which is a major cause of acne too.
Additionally, use MonoDermà E5, a pure vitamin e based serum which helps maintain balanced hydration, thus discouraging a skin condition where acne breakouts may occur.