Acne is very often a problem that is difficult to deal with and although it is most often associated with a condition affecting teenagers, it does not bypass adults.
Acne is very often a problem that is difficult to deal with and although it is most often associated with a condition affecting teenagers, it does not bypass adults. When the sebaceous glands work incorrectly, blackheads and purulent pimples appear on the skin. Most such skin changes can be seen in the so-called T zone (forehead, nose and chin). The cause of acne is very often hormonal disorders, which do not always relate only to adolescence. The reason may also be the use of hormonal contraception, polycystic ovary syndrome or thyroid disease. Increased activity of sebaceous glands also causes stress and poor diet. Acne in adults very often requires consultation of a dermatologist and sometimes also an endocrinologist, and the implementation of pharmacological treatment. However, proper skin care is not without significance here. So what to do to help therapy and get rid of unsightly imperfections?
The right choice
Acne skin care is a big challenge requires not only patience, but also regularity and the use of cosmetics specially selected for it. First of all, remember that you must not use ones that will dry it, i.e. those that contain e.g. alcohol or menthol, or those that will clog pores, i.e. those that contain oiling substances. For proper care, choose those that will moisturize, antibacterial, soothe and regenerate. Give up soap and perfumed cosmetics instead. It is worth knowing that the excessive amount of sweat also has a harmful effect, which is why it is good to have special tissues or cleansing pads on warm days or during physical activity.
A very important element of skin care prone to acne changes is cleansing. But remember not to overdo it, washing it too often can cause irritation and excessive drying, which in turn leads to increased sebum production and aggravates the problem. All you need to do is gently cleanse your face twice a day, morning and evening, remembering to carefully remove any makeup residue. Choose delicate gels or foams best for acne skin. It is also very important not to use a soap to wash the face which destroys its natural lipid coat.
A tonic for special tasks
Some cosmetics for washing the face increase the pH of the skin, so it is very important to use a tonic whose basic action is to restore the proper pH level. Thanks to this, the skin can naturally defend against the effects of external pollution. Normal skin pH is slightly acidic, and even slight fluctuations can exacerbate acne symptoms. A well-chosen tonic also has a refreshing, cleansing, matting, delicately moisturizing and narrowing effect. Remember to use it always after washing your face.
Moisturize, do not grease
It is very important to choose the right moisturizing creams with a light texture and anti-acne effect. The most common component of acne creams is benzoyl peroxide present in a concentration of 2.5 to 10%, it has an exfoliating, deeply cleansing effect, limiting sebum production, anti-inflammatory and fighting bacteria responsible for the formation of acne.
Unfortunately, it increases the production of free radicals, accelerates the aging process, reduces vitamin E levels and makes the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. It can also cause irritation and allergic reactions. It is therefore important not to choose preparations in which the concentration of benzoyl peroxide is high and not to use them continuously.
It is also worth supporting the skin with cosmetics containing antioxidants, e.g. vitamin C and E. It is very important to use creams with a high UV filter. Preparations containing sulfur also have a good effect, which reduces the secretion of sebum, exfoliates dead skin, cleanses, narrows the pores and has anti-inflammatory properties. Sulfur does not cause irritation and is usually well tolerated, the only downside may be its characteristic smell. Tea tree oil is also a popular ingredient and has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, sometimes it causes excessive drying and irritates the skin.
To accelerate the healing of acne lesions, delay the effects of aging and prevent excessive drying, it is worth choosing products containing lactobionic acid. It has exfoliating properties, while maintaining adequate skin hydration, stimulates collagen synthesis, improves microcirculation and has strong antioxidant properties. Aloe vera also has antiseptic, prosecution and anti-inflammatory effects. What's more, it maintains proper hydration of the skin, supports protection against UV radiation and stimulates regeneration of the epidermis.
We exfoliate the skin
The stratum corneum of the skin prone to acne slowly peels off, closing the sebaceous glands, thus leading to sebum retention and the formation of blackheads. Accumulated secretions are an ideal environment for bacteria that cause blackheads to turn into purulent pimples. Therefore, exfoliating treatment should be performed 1-2 times a week. The best choice will be enzyme peels, which will gently remove keratinized epidermis, unclog pores and speed up the regeneration process. However, avoid peels containing abrasive particles, they can violate purulent skin lesions and cause worsening of symptoms.
Although sometimes it is difficult to refrain from squeezing, it is worth remembering that this can cause the spread of skin lesions. So instead of helping yourself, we will worsen the situation and increase the risk of acne scars. Replace extrusion with point-acting preparations that accelerate healing, dry out and have a strong antibacterial effect.
In order to achieve a better acne fight effect, I propose at REVIVE CLINIC to my patients a cleansing treatment combined with a drainage massage stimulating microcirculation and skin regeneration as well as a medical peeling with pyruvic and lactic acid, which regenerate, regulate sebaceous glands, reduce sebum and have antibacterial activity. The best results can also be obtained thanks to the innovative Forever Clear BBL phototherapy method. During the treatment, light of a specific wavelength goes deep into the skin and, acting very precisely on the sebaceous glands, reduces inflammation, accelerates healing and inhibits sebum production. Phototherapy is completely painless and non-invasive, so it does not require special convalescence. Satisfactory results can be obtained by repeating the treatment several times. However, if the problem after acne has been treated is unsightly scars, I recommend using laser therapy, thanks to which the hollows on the skin will be smoothed.