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Getting Over Acne

12th February 2016

Being a teenager is a tough time for even the strongest individual; as your body throws an onslaught of changes at you with hormones flying everywhere and a sleep pattern that becomes non-existent. All of your peers are putting together new ideas on what’s in and what isn’t, and even if you’re lucky enough to have a body shape that is considered “cool” and be a fashion trend setter, you might not escape the terrors of acne. If you’re currently or have suffered from acne, don’t worry, you’re not alone as countless teens, and yes, even adults, are afflicted by this skin condition every day, but thankfully there are steps that can be taken. In this article we’ll have a little look at the science behind why we get acne and some of the ways that you can help prevent it, as well as some advice on the acne treatments that we have at Match Skin Salon.

Why Do I Have Acne?

Why Do I Have Acne
There are a fair few questions that we ask ourselves through the course of our lives and few are as deep and introverted as some of the philosophical ponderings that we have during our formative years, and while asking your skin why it has chosen right now to produce gigantic spots isn’t exactly on the same level as Satre, it’s still an important question, and one for which there’s a pretty straightforward answer to.

Folicle
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands, which are tiny glands that can be found close to the surface of your skin produce too much of a substance called sebum. While you might be wondering why your body would be producing something which causes acne, sebum does serve an important purpose. Sebum essentially lubricates your hair and skin and stops it from drying out which is very important to healthy skin and hair, however when excessive sebum is produced it can begin to mix with substances already present on your skin such as dead skin cells. If this happens the follicles of your skin can become blocked up and this is what leads to whiteheads and blackheads.

Teenagers and Acne
The reason that acne is so commonly associated with being a teenager is that’s when it’s most common. During your teenage years your body will increase the production of the testosterone hormone (yes, even in women) which can cause the body to produce more sebum which leads to acne. As we’ve said acne isn’t an exclusive skin condition for teenagers, and adults can be affected too with periods and pregnancy being a factor, but other triggers such as some cosmetic products, medications and even smoking can cause acne to flare up.

What Affects Acne?

There are a few ways to help your skin out when acne becomes a problem and there are a lot of people who offer advice on coping with acne, some of which are helpful, however there are quite a few acne myths:

Poor Diet

One of the common misconceptions is that poor diet can contribute to a bad case of acne, however there’s not any strong scientific evidence that shows a link between junk food and acne, although it’s important to remember that your skin is an organ and that poor health can be very visible, so don’t give up on fruit and vegetables and head for McDonalds.

Dirty Skin

Another common misconception is that poor hygiene can lead to acne. Keep in mind that acne occurs just below the surface of the skin even though the results are visible on the surface, although don’t give up on keeping clean and hygienic, just don’t overdo it and cause other skin problems.

To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze…?

…That is the question. The simple answer is don’t squeeze. While it may be very tempting to go town and pop all of those whiteheads and force those blackheads to depart, you could find that you’ll not only help your acne, but you’ll actually end up with a far more permanent problem in the form of acne scarring.

SEX!

Now we’ve got your attention, sex and masturbation won’t make any real difference to your acne, despite what you may have been told, just remember to stay safe so that acne is the only condition that you have to worry about.

Natural Acne Remedies

Aloe for Acne
There are a few natural acne remedies out there, including some more bizarre methods involving breast milk, and while we can’t honestly say that they are 100% effective, there are a number of people who say that some natural remedies are a great way to reduce acne. Using natural remedies that have exfoliating properties can work well, but it’s important to do your research as some may do more harm than good. Essentially exfoliating the skin removes the dead skin cells and other things that can build up on your skin and cause acne to occur when they get caught in excess sebum. Other natural skin care treatments such as Tea Tree Oil and Aloe have natural properties that are known to be good for the skin, but if you do decide to test these natural acne remedies we recommend testing on a small area of your skin to begin with to make sure that you don’t have a bad reaction.

CACI LED Acne Therapy

Blue and Red LED for Acne
At Match Skin Salon we offer treatments that utilise CACI LED light to treat Acne. This treatment works by using LED lights to destroy the bacteria that contributes to the appearance of acne, and while many acne therapy services of this nature use solely blue LED to reduce bacteria in the skin, at Match Skin Salon we use a combination red and blue LED to see the best results that we’re currently capable of.

What to do About Acne Scars?

Acne Scarring
In the event that you’ve gotten through a bout of acne but been left with scarring, the subsequent acne scars can be more disconcerting than the acne that caused them was. At Match Skin Salon we’re here to help with treatments that have been tailored to treat these scars. We utilise Dermapen in treating acne scarring as it encourages your skin to produce new collagen and elastin, a process which aids the skin in reducing the appearance of the sunken scars which can occur as the result of acne, and also helps to improve the supply of blood to your skin by encouraging new capillaries to grow.

Get in Touch

Of course nobody wants acne and at Match Skin Salon we want you to know that you don’t have to suffer in silence. If you want to find out more about what you can do to help your skin if you have acne, or if you want to know more about the acne and acne scar reduction treatments that we offer, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can contact a friendly and experienced member of the team by completing our contact form, by sending an email to hello@matchskinsalon.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 719009.

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