11-07-2017 | Dermatologist | Facial Care , Skin , Nutrition

ACNE: TRUTHS AND MYTHS

The one indisputable truth about acne is that it is bothersome and stressful. It appears as extremely straightforward when you have a meeting with the person you like or getting the call for that important interview. Simple.

Although adolescence is the time where approximately 8 in 10 people suffer from acne, the fact is that it can also appear in older age groups.

Acne is usually clinically insidious and progressive. The most common type, acne vulgaris, appears as a single lesion and later in clusters. So, the attempt to fix it immediately after the appearance of the initial reddened lesion, and the fact that is it not widely socially accepted, is not the best therapeutic option.

Therefore it’s usually not a good idea to:

  • Tamper with the lesions
  • Use make-up as camouflage
  • Roughly clean your facial area
  • Or use the classic “squeeze and pop” method to get rid of the spots.

So regardless of the destructive method that you choose to treat spots and blackheads, it is very possible that the initial infection will spread, and the neighbouring sebaceous glands next to the blocked and obstructed pores will worsen the situation. Therefore we have some dermocosmetic advice for you on dealing with acne:

Advice #1: PATIENCE.

It is easier said than done, but patience is the foundation of a skin condition that it is an evolutionary process.

Acne is caused by the obstruction of pores in our skin, where the excess fat produced in our sebaceous glands is normally expelled. If there is an excess and build-up of dead skin cells, the pores become obstructed. The bacteria can then become trapped within the pores and reproduce, inflating and reddening the skin.

This process is influenced indirectly by stress and directly by hormonal changes. People that have a multifatorial genetic predisposition if they suffer from changes in their habits can suffer from outbreaks. This process needs time to evolve and gentle exfoliation, so that these sebaceous ducts can dry out and reabsorb part of the retained material and therefore reduce the swelling.

Advice #2: EAT WELL.

There are no studies with a sufficient scientific base that verify that a diet excessively heavy in chocolate or saturated fats causes an increase in acne. However, a good diet with abundant hydration and an increase in vegetables can reduce the number of outbreaks.

 

Advice #3: LOOK AFTER AND KNOW YOUR SKIN

The treatment of acne should be personalised according to the typology of the lesion, sex and other characteristics of the patient.

Try to use products that are low in greasy or oily materials. Don’t forget to always use a good water-based make-up remover.

Another notable myth is that exposure to the sun improves the appearance of acne. We shouldn't forget the risk of contracting melanoma. Moderate your exposure to the sun and always use an oil-free sunscreen to avoid blemishes or scars.

Finally, remember that although acne is physically and sometimes psychologically stigmatised, it is temporary. Remember that it is very important to keep your skin clean and cared-for with hydration and a good low-oil facial treatment. Some would say that there is no small enemy, and in reply to them: there is no uncontrollable giant. We will see you in the next post!


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