What is acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition, and most of us will have experienced it to varying degrees! Most people think of acne as a condition, which primarily affects teenagers. However, getting rid of acne is not that easy and can last well into your late twenties or even thirties! For some, the scars left by acne will be a painful life-long reminder. Acne can be an embarrassing issue, affecting relationships, confidence and the mental health of sufferers.

Why does it happen in the first place? At puberty our body starts to produce hormones called androgens. These cause the enlargement and over-stimulation of the sebaceous glands. The extra sebum (a natural oil that lubricates your hair and skin ) which the sebaceous glands produce, mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin's surface. This leads to the formation of blocked pores, where bacteria multiply and cause skin inflammation, leading to the spots associated with acne.

What are the different types of acne?

TYPE 1 Mild Acne:

Opened and closed blackheads, which are small and cover small areas. There are no inflammatory lesions and no marking.

TYPE 2 Acne Comedonica (Moderate Acne):

Blackheads are mainly open. Spots and some pimples. Spots are small and granular. The lesions may be inflammatory. No markings.

TYPE 3: Acne Papulopustulosa (Severe acne):

Spots and pimples. The pimples are yellowish and swollen. This aspect is accentuated by breaking the wall of the follicle. The nodules are small, full of knots visible by contact. Scars may appear.

TYPE 4: Acne Congobata (Serious Acne):

Blackheads and some spots, lots of pimples, nodules, cysts and abscesses. It is a serious but not very common form of acne.
Who suffers from acne?

Acne affects young adults the most, but can also be a problem for older people (adult acne). It usually starts in puberty, between ages 12 and 14; more than 90 per cent of teenagers have acne. Approximately 1 in 20 women and 1 in 100 men aged 25 to 40 continue to be affected by acne, or develop it at this age (late-onset acne). Did you know! Newborn babies can get acne in the first few weeks or months of life. Women are generally affected at a younger age, the peak severity being between ages 17 and 18, while men peak between 19 and 20 years old. Men tend to be worst affected by this skin problem because they produce more testosterone.

Help with acne treatment:

There are various products designed to help with the treatment of acne, and other methods such as laser treatment etc. Sometimes it is a matter of trial and error, as not all products will yield results. The key ingredients are something that you should concern yourself with, as some will leave your skin dry and potentially irritate it such as benzoyl peroxide, whilst others which have come to the for more recently, such as salicylic acid will be efficacious and more gentle to your skin.

We have introduced a range of acne products to assist in the treatment of acne. Some have a full three step system, and the key ingredient is salicylic acid, others are products which you can use overnight. It all depends what you are looking for and the type of skin that you have.

For instance below i have described the 3 step for one of our acne remedy: Blemishless

Step 1 – Purifying foaming gel: The skin is purified with a soft cleansing and bactericidal agent. The oil is absorbed and skin is fresh for the day. Pores are unclogged daily and sebum production is normalised.

Step 2 – Antibacterial pads: The pads clean and kill surface bacteria on contact. The oil production is controlled with the healing agent, zinc. The pores become unclogs due to a powerful anti-inflammatory, salicylic acid. This product can also be used on neck, chest and back.

Step 3 – Fighting lotion: The lotion clears existing blemishes and prevents new flare-ups. The inflammation is reduced, pores are unclogged, excess sebum is absorbed. The skin is purified and becomes balanced.

What are the key ingredients (NO Benzoyl peroxide)?

BOSWELLIC ACIDS: Phytosteroids (hormone like) that helps neutralise enzymes of inflammation

VITAMIN E: Powerful and highly efficient antioxidant. Reduces skin inflammation dramatically. Acts efficiently against bacterial proliferation.

TEA TREE OIL: Powerful anti-bacterial and a powerful anti-inflammatory

ZINC PCA: Bactericide that neutralizes and eliminates sebum and moisturizes the skin

SALICYLIC ACID: Exfoliant which stimulates cellular renewal, Improves skin texture and unclogs pores