While acne can be frustrating and adult acne is on the rise (even among adults who never had acne in their teens), acne therapy has come a long way, with encouraging success rates.
1. Diagnosis: It all starts here
- Is what you have, in fact, acne? Many acne-like lesions can actually be something else and may therefore not respond to traditional acne treatments.
- If you do have acne, what kind? This is fundamental as different types of acne respond to different types of treatment.
- What is causing the acne? This is important because, if your skin is consistently exposed to the cause of the acne, even the best therapy can fail. As with most health concerns, combining effective therapy with consistent prevention can significantly increase your chances of success.
We strongly suggest that you consult a reputable dermatologist (board certified by your country’s official dermatological organization) before pursuing any acne therapy. Why? Because what you think is a normal pimple may actually be something else including warts, staphylococcus cysts or even hyperpigmented pores.
Also, while comedonal acne may be caused or exacerbated by external conditions, cystic acne is almost always internally caused (hormones, medicines, etc.) and needs a proper diagnosis for comprehensive treatment.
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2. Prevention + Treatment Regimen
Once you have identified the type of acne you have and its causes, an effective topical treatment + prevention + facial regimen can follow.
For cystic acne, this may include other internal management such as certain drugs and improving your sleep habits, stress management and diet and exercise.
As with most health concerns, prevention is as important as therapy for successful results as well as to keep the problem from recurring.
- Ingredients in cosmetics that clog pores are called “comedogens.” Even products that seem unrelated to skin can cause acne. For example, some shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products contain comedogenic ingredients. These can trickle down the face and neck, especially with perspiration, to clog pores and cause acne.
- Some ingredients in certain foods and oral hygiene products can cause acne around the mouth and chin (peri-oral dermatitis). For more on this and what to avoid, click here.
- Similarly, some spa products like heavy body oils stay on the skin for long periods of time. If these products are comedogenic, they can clog pores.
- If a substance is not comedogenic but is irritating (fragrance, even natural fragrance, is a top allergen, for example), it can irritate pores, causing infection, and leading to clogged pores and acne.
- Harsh abrasives in certain scrubs can also irritate the pore and cause acne. On the other hand, some scrubs may contain mild abrasives but be used too aggressively—this is why scrubbing the skin too frequently or vigorously can also worsen acne.
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Stick to your regimen for best results.
Consistently using the right skin care over several years can improve your skins internal structure, increasing its natural health and ability to fight acne.
An ideal anti-acne regimen gives your skin much more than just acne therapy. It firms up the skin, prevents wrinkles, evens-out skin tone, lessens pore size, reduces inflammation, and keeps skin strong, healthy and constantly regenerating.
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