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Ah, acne. One mention of the word and I can guarantee someone in my vicinity will wrinkle their nose in disdain.

Hey, I get it. Acne doesn’t exactly illicit happy, positive memories in my mind either.

The cold, hard truth is that 95% of people will experience acne at some point in their lives.

95%.

The positive here is that you’re not alone.

The downside is that you’re going to have to deal with it at some stage in your life.

So why not figure out how to treat it effectively, once and for all?

95% of all people will experience acne at some point in their lives.

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Where does acne come from?

According a study done at the University of California, a harmless bacterium lives on our skin that triggers inflammation and breakouts “when it finds itself trapped in airless, oily conditions, such as hair follicles.

“But not everyone’s hair follicles are created equal, and that could explain why not everyone gets acne- some people simply have hair follicles that are more suffocating than others.”

This explains why some people only have to wash their faces at night to keep their skin glowing while others have breakouts on the regular despite following a strict skincare regime.

Debunking the myths

Only teenagers get acne.

False. Contrary to popular belief, acne doesn’t stop at adulthood. In fact, between 30-40% of adults experience acne. Wonderful, isn’t it?

Popping zits is okay.

False. And that’s a hard false. It may seem harmless to pick at a whitehead and finally be rid of the darn thing but the truth is, picking at it makes it so much worse. Attempting to squeeze out the bacteria may actually drive the p.acnes bacteria deeper into the pore and keep it there longer than it would have if you hadn’t touched it.

 

Recommended acne-clearing tips

  1. Use products with salicyclic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients help unclog pores and prevent lesions.
  2. Exfoliate. Regular exfoliation is an absolute must for oily, acne-prone skin. Try a product like Origins’ Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay which cleans, extracts and improves skin texture all at once.
  3. Include plenty of antioxidants in your diet. Why? Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which have been found to cause inflammation in the skin.
  4. Try a cortisone shot. For a quick fix, a dermatologist can inject a diluted corticosteroid into the targeted skin area. Within a few hours, you’ll see your zit start to clear up.
  5.  Get a light therapy acne mask like this one from Neutrogena. It’s not the medical grade version you’ll find in professional skincare clinics but the reviews have been positive across the board, clinically proven to to reduce mild to moderate acne after 12 weeks of regular use.
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Professional treatments for getting rid of acne

  1. Hydrafacialthis treatment gently resurfaces the skin to clean, exfoliate, extract and hydrate all at once. Regular treatment is recommended for clear, glowing skin year round.
  2. Facial– While similar to a hydrafacial, the more well-known facial helps cleanse, refine and hydrate your complexion through gentle extraction, steaming and massage.
  3. LED light therapy-Blue, red and infrared LED light therapies stimulate collagen production and repair tissues, resulting in softer, clearer skin over time.

There are 4 types of acne scars

  1. Ice-pick scars –  deep and narrow scars.
  2. Rolling scars – broad depressions with round, sloping edges.
  3. Boxcar scars – broad depressions with steep, defined edges.
  4. Hypertrophic scars- raised scars.

Professional treatments for getting rid of acne scars

  1. Microdermabrasion- A favourite among skincare professionals, a microdermabrasion provides ultimate exfoliation for your skin. By giving your skin a deep clean and scrub, it can help improve skin tone (ie. the appearance of acne scars) and boost cell regeneration for fresh, new skin to come through.
  2. Dermapen- Recommended by dermatologists everywhere, Dermapen is a micro needling procedure which boosts collagen and elastin production in order to heal and rejuvenate the skin. It can effectively diminish the appearance of scars, both acne and surgical.
  3. Fractional LaserThe Pearl Fractional Laser is a skin resurfacing treatment that delivers heat to the deeper layers of the skin. This repairs skin from the inside out and promotes a healing response in the dermis and helps reduce the look of acne scars over time.
  4. Chemical Peel– Using Alpha-Hydroxy acid, a chemical peel exfoliates the damaged layers of the skin to reveal fresh, new skin underneath.
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