Tuesday, 21st November 2017
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What is acne?

What is acne?

“Acne is a genetically inherited condition resulting in several factors occurring in the skin”. Michelle Whiston says.

Aside from excess oil secreted by the sebaceous glands, there is a proliferation of cells that clog the pores, trapping oil in the follicle.  Bacteria inhabit the follicle and digest the oils generating waste products which then cause the irritation to the skin.      

Oilier skin conditions tend to experience more acne breakouts because they provide more food for the bacteria. TeenagersÂ’ hormonal changes increase oil production, in turn increasing acne breakouts. A quick Face Mapping by your skin care therapist will identify your acne-prone areas.

What can I do to help me with my breakouts?
Excellent skin care and hygiene are vitally important to remove the excess oils and bacteria that are associated with acne. Always follow a strict regimen of thorough cleansing with anti-bac skin wash and lukewarm (never hot) water, followed with a hydrating conditioner. Exfoliate twice a week.

In addition, lifestyle changes can often improve your skin. Try to reduce stress, drink plenty of water and limit your intake of caffeine. Cigarettes stimulate the adrenal glands and promote oil production.

But always remember never to pick or squeeze pimples, as youÂ’ll be left with an even bigger blemish and a scar to remember it by.


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Why do some people breakout in their thirties and forties?
Stress and hormonal changes are the primary cause of the re-emergence of acne well after puberty. Recent studies indicate that 40 to 50 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 are diagnosed with persistent, low-grade acne. Along with several lifestyle changes, including reducing stress and improving diet, there are several products on the market designed to address these problems.

The difference between acne vulgaris and “acne” rosacea.
Acne vulgaris is the more common form of acne and is caused by clogging and inflammation of the skin's hair follicles. Rosacea, on the other hand, is not a form of acne at all, even though it looks that way in its early stages, it is an inherited vascular disorder in which the blood vessels of the face become swollen after repeated exposure to certain triggers such as extreme temperatures, alcohol, spicy food, etc. It starts as a simple blushing and it advances into bumps on the face that look like an acne breakout.

Like common acne, Rosacea is treatable, but not by the same regimen! Skin prone to Rosacea must be treated gently to avoid triggering redness and inflammation, and may also require a dermatologistÂ’s prescription for special medication to control the symptoms.

As with all these types of problems the best thing is to get professional advice from a qualified skin care therapist.
Book a free face map with us at NÂş1 for hair & beauty to determine your skin type.



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