Increase in adult acne!
Over the last few years there has been an increase in acne among adults. There are many factors that can cause acne and several types of acne.
I have never suffered from acne personally but I have treated many of my clients over the years and with great success. I believe that there isn’t a one size fits all solution and that every single one of my clients has had to be treated as an individual. This is how I treat every single person that comes to me with a skincare issue.
There are 4 grades of acne
- Grade I – Pimples, commedones (blackheads) and milia (whiteheads) these appear in small clusters but are not inflamed and appear and disappear on the skin. This can be treated with skincare products and a good skincare routine.
- Grade II – Pimples, commedones (blackheads) and milia (whiteheads) appear in larger numbers over the face and sometimes the upper body. They will appear inflamed with redness around the areas of congestion. Papules and pustules will start to form if left untreated. This can be treated with a skincare products and a good skincare routine. Avoid squeezing the inflamed areas.
- Grade III – Papules and pustules are more apparent. The skin appears more red and inflamed. Nodules (lumps) appear under the skin and if left untreated there is an increased risk of scarring. The papules and pustules can become infected at this stage and this is the main reason for the scarred tissue know as pitting. this type of acne will need treatment by a dermatologist. This may be a topical and oral medication type of treatment over a period of several months.
- Grade IV – This is the most sever kind of acne. The skin is over sensitised and there are more papules, pustules, milia and commedones. The skin appears very inflamed. The acne can cover the face, neck, upper arms and torso. This type of acne is also known as cystic acne. Cysts and nodules are more apparent and there is a very high chance of scarring on the skin. This type of acne can only be treated by a dermatologist.
Many acne sufferers try to cover up their breakouts with make up but this can make the problem worse. Some of my clients have stripped there skin with alcohol based products thinking this will stop the oil. In fact it increases the sebum (oil) production.
Getting good skincare advice from a skin therapist will help. Some products containing benzyl peroxide or salicylic acids are great for reducing the sebum and exfoliating the excessive skin cells that cause acne.
- Don’t pick or squeeze the pimples this can lead to scarring.
- Avoid using harsh and irritating products on the skin, they cause breakouts.
- Let your skin breathe. Caking it in make up isn’t going to help the acne especially if the make up contains pore clogging ingredients.
- Don’t over clean your skin. By this I mean washing twice daily is enough anymore and you will over sensitise the skin and make it more irritable.
- If you think you have more than Grade II acne speak with your GP who can start you on treatment or refer you to a dermatologist.
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