Understanding Acne and How To Treat it

Does your teenager suffer with Acne? Do they suffer with the emotional and psychological impacts of it? I can help!

Firstly, I think it's important to try to explain acne in it's simplest form so your teenagers can understand what's happening and give their skin the right attention it needs to make a difference. I'm a great believer in if you understand your condition you can move forward and manage it better. If you become aware of what's happening on the inside, you can manage it better on the outside.  


1. Acne requires a combination of 3 things, Oil (sebum), Bacteria and Hormones. It develops mainly in teenagers or early twenties (Tweens). Hormonal surges happen at this age so this is why acne develops at these times which is unfortunate as at these ages we become more conscious of our looks and appearance and want to look our most attractive.


2. If we remove one of these 3 components the process becomes unstable so that is the aim.


3. We all have tiny oil producing glands beneath the surface of our skin which are to keep our skin moist and lubricated however with intense hormonal surges during puberty these glands produce more oil. The oil is produced at an excessive rate. 


4. At the same time the skin cell production multiplies at an excessive rate too causing the ducts below the surface to become blocked. The excess oil forms an oil well which bubbles up onto the surface of the skin.


5. Bacteria loves oil and is attracted to it for a source of food but as a consequence it produces toxins and irritants.


6. Our immune system then comes into action to try to help fight off the bacteria but causes more inflammation and the consequence of this is that a very red raised lump or pustule, spot or zit is formed on the surface of the skin.


7. To break down the hormonal action of the acne cycle girls can be prescribed the contraceptive pill to regulate the hormonal surges, unfortunately boys don't have this option.


8. Boys therefore have to work on the oil component or killing the bacteria.


9. Working on the oil requires a daily skin routine with appropriate topical products such as Retinoids or possibly a prescribed oral medication such as Accutane. These two treatments reduce the oil production and also the cell production so the ducts are not inclined to get blocked.


10. Killing the bacteria can be achieved with topical applications of antibiotic creams or oral antibiotic medication such as Doxycycline/Lymecycline or a combination of both for a 3 to 6 month period depending on the severity. 


11. Having a daily skin regime with appropriate products to address the excess oil and the bacteria is also essential. It's a beneficial regime to encourage your teens to start as soon as possible to help unstable the process which causes acne - they only get one skin so you need to encourage them to look after it.


12. Managing acne is not an easy process and takes time - they have to be patient.

MOST IMPORTANTLY MAKE SURE WHAT YOU ARE BUYING OVER THE COUNTER IS NOT A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.

I recommend these products by Skin Med for their daily skin routine:

AM 

Step One

Aknicare® Gentle Cleansing Gel: Apply the product onto the skin and gently massage it; then remove it by rinsing with water or by using a cotton wool ball. 

Step Two

Aknicare® Treatment Lotion: Remove the closure cap, insert the applicator and apply on clean, dry skin. After use, close the bottle carefully with the safety cap included in the box. The lotion is self-sterilizing so there is no risk of bacterial contamination of the swab.

Step Three

Aknicare® Cream: Apply on cleansed skin, massaging gently until it is completely absorbed.

PM

Repeat Step 1, 2 and 3 as detailed above

Improve your teenagers skin, reduce their anxiety and increase their self esteem with these 3 products for just £40.00 which includes postage and packing. Contact me for more information. I would love to help you!