As we welcome in June, we want to bring to light this month is Acne Awareness Month. Did you know that acne is the most common skin concern in the United States? Over 40 million people of all gender and ages are affected by some form of acne and nearly 85% of people aged between 12- and 24-years old experience some form of acne. Because of the constant increase it has now become a widespread issue and the reason behind Acne Awareness Month.
For many individuals that suffer with acne, it can seem like a never-ending battle to gain control of their skin. As acne is something on the rise it has become more easily accessible to find treatments and skincare to help. However, to understand these options better it is important to understand what acne is.
So, what is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. It can develop anywhere on the skin, but occurs most often on the face, back and chest. Although acne regularly affects teenagers, it is not uncommon to experience outbreaks into adulthood. Women suffer acne far more than men, which supports the idea that acne is related to hormone levels.
How does acne form?
- The root cause of acne is hormonal changes causing the sebaceous glands to produce an excessive amount of sebum.
- Once on the skin’s surface, the excess sebum then mixes with dry skin cells and creates a thick sludge like substance. This forms a soft plug at the top of the pore, blocking it and causing a subsequent build-up of sebum beneath the surface.
- The growing blockage stimulates bacterial growth which in turn attracts white blood cells to fight the infection.
- The presence of white blood cells gives rise to inflammation which subsides once the infection has been dealt with.
What can you do to care for acne-prone skin?
- Treat your skin gently. Do not scrub because you can damage spots which may lead to infection, scarring and spreading of your acne.
- Use gentle wash and bathing products. Harsh chemicals may strip the skin of vital oils, meaning your body will work harder to replace the lost moisture. This can result in an over-production of sebum, and the cycle begins again!
- Do not have the water too hot when you wash and bathe/shower. Again, this may take the natural moisture from your skin and cause general unbalance. Opt for lukewarm water and pat your skin dry thoroughly after washing.
- If possible, shower or wash directly after exercise or being in humid temperatures to rinse excess oils and sweat from your skin.
- Wash your hair regularly and consider tying it up at night to stop grease from your hair rubbing onto your skin.
- If you regularly experience a collection of spots in the same place, try to identify possible triggers. For example, a recurrent patch of spots on your cheek near your ear might be due to bacteria on your mobile phone!
- Keep hydrated, eat a well-balanced diet, take some form of regular exercise and relax. There is no proven link between diet and acne but eating well keeps your body in of your skin. Having a healthy body and healthy frame of mind will all contribute to your overall wellbeing and your quest for healthy skin and gives your body every chance to repair and rejuvenate itself.
Our Antiac range is specifically designed for those with oily & acne prone skin. Containing clinically proven ingredients and effective natural extracts and oils, the Antiac range supports your skin back to find its own healthy balance.
Your Antiac skincare regime:
- Gently cleanse your skin daily to help remove hardened sebum and bacteria. Use our Antiac Daily Face Wash to cleanse your face and neck area every morning and evening.
- Apply Antiac Activ Liquid Spray to the affected areas. This will reduce inflammation, nourishing and sooth the skin and neutralize bacteria. The spray formula makes it easy to apply on hard to reach areas of the body, such as the back, as well as the face and neck.
It is tempting to think that acne skin does not need hydration because it may feel greasy already. Hydration is an important step in your skincare regime because it helps to balance the amount of sebum - it otherwise can result in greasier skin and blocked pores. Antiac Activ Liquid Spray will help to moisturize your skin and leave it feeling comfortable.
- For stubborn individual spots, you can use Antiac Activ Gel Serum. This maximum strength formula comes in a handy 15ml tube so you can carry it around with you and dot onto particularly troublesome spots throughout the day. Results can be seen in as little as four hours.
You can find our Antiac range here