Acne is one of the most common skin concerns affecting teens and adults. An estimated 80 percent of all people have acne at some point.
Acne is caused by clogged pores and bacterial infection. When excessive sebum oil and dead skin cells clog pores, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria. A bacterial infection leads to inflammation, which then turns into acne.
Androgens are hormones that cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Imbalance in these hormones can aggravate and worsen acne.
Examples include drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium.
Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including diary and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips — may worsen acne. Sugar not only causes inflammation in our bodies but also can cause hormone fluctuations – these are major acne triggers.
Stress can make acne worse. Stress interferes with our hormones and there are studies proving direct link between stress and acne. Stress can’t directly cause acne. However, studies have shown that if you already have acne, stress does make it worse.
Does acne mean I’m not keeping my face clean enough?
Not necessarily. In fact, scrubbing too hard at your face can aggravate your acne, and using alcohol-based astringents can dry out the skin. Acne is triggered by hormones, and while gentle, regular cleansing with soap and warm water can sometimes help with mild breakouts, more significant acne requires more than just good hygiene.
Should I stop wearing makeup if I have acne?
You don’t have to stop wearing makeup, but you should look for make up with the label “noncomedogenic,” meaning that they don’t clog pores.
Why doesn't simply cleansing my face with an appropriate cleanser twice a day clear up my acne condition?
Since acne is formed below the surface of the skin, it can’t be affected by topical, non-penetrating, cleansing products. Acne is not caused by just by dirt. Hormonal imbalances and diet play a huge role. Usually only products that are specifically designed to penetrate into to the follicle, loosen the blockages and kill bacteria will be successful in clearing up an acne condition.
Why I have red marks after my acne is gone?
Often, people with lighter complexions complain about red or purplish marks or spots that remain after their acne has cleared. These spots are called “macules” and will likely fade with time. However, they can be difficult to treat and may or may not fade away completely. Sun usually makes theses marks worse, so always wear sun protection!
Is it harmful to pop and pick my spots?
YES! Picking, popping, squeezing your spots actually forces infected material deeper into the skin, causing additional inflammation and the risk of scarring. You might get a short term satisfaction, but resulting scarring will be much more difficult to treat and make an already bad situation much worse. DO NOT PICK!
There is no best acne treatment. Everyone’s skin is different therefore a combination of treatments is needed to guarantee the best results. Even the most meticulous skincare regiment can result in acne. So what are your options?
At the skin lab we strongly believe in a holistic approach when treating acne. We evaluate your lifestyle and current skincare regiment to identify causes and triggers of your acne. Each case of acne is different and our skin responds differently to each treatment. We focus on treating acne without compromising on overall skin’s health. Our careful selection of treatments and products result in minimum down time and less stress for your skin.
I’m delighted i found Claire she is such a lovely person and is excellent at her job. She is so passionate
and knows a huge amount about skin. My skin has improved hugely and the Skinceutic al products are amazing. I would highly recommend making and appointmen t with Claire, can’t wait for the next facial.
Claire's PRO Tip
Acne scarring is more difficult to treat than acne. Whatever you do – DO NOT PICK or POP your spots! And remember sun exposure makes your blemish marks worse – it supercharges your pigment-producing cells, causing marks and scars to darken. ALWAYS wear sun protection!