What is acne?
Acne is a genetically-inherited disease, which is the result of several factors occurring in the skin. Aside from excess oil secreted by the sebaceous glands, there is a proliferation of cells that clog the pores, trapping oil in the follicle. Bacteria inhabit the follicle and digest the oils, generating waste products which then cause the irritation to the skin. Oilier skin conditions tend to experience more acne breakouts because they provide more food for the bacteria. Teenagers’ hormonal changes increase oil production, in turn increasing acne breakouts. A Face Mapping consultation by your skin care therapist will identify your acne-prone areas.
What can I do at home to help my breakouts?
Excellent skin care and hygiene are vitally important to remove the excess oils and bacteria that are associated with acne. Dermalogica products are non-comedogenic and completely water soluble, making them ideal for breakout-prone skin. Always follow a strict regimen of thorough cleansing.
In addition, lifestyle changes can often improve your skin. Try to reduce stress, drink plenty of water and limit your intake of caffeine and nicotine, which may stimulate the adrenal glands and promote oil production.
And always remember never to pick or squeeze pimples, as you’ll be left with an even bigger blemish and a scar to remember it by!
What is the difference between acne vulgaris and “acne” rosacea?
Acne vulgaris, a more common form of acne, is caused by clogging and inflammation of the skins hair follicles. Rosacea, on the other hand, is not actually a form of acne at all, even though it looks that way in its early stages. Rosacea is an inherited vascular disorder in which the blood vessels of the face become swollen after repeated exposure to certain triggers such as extreme temperatures, alcohol, spicy food, etc. While it starts as a simple blushing, it advances into bumps on the face that looks like an acne breakout.
Like acne, Rosacea is treatable… but not by the same regimen! Skin prone to Rosacea must be treated gently to avoid triggered redness and inflammation, and may also require a dermatologist’s prescription for special medication to control the symptoms.