Acne is a common skin condition identified by the presence of comedones (blackheads & Whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules). Acne can range from a few spots on the face, neck, back and chest, which most teenagers will have at some time, to a more severe problem that may cause scarring and reduce self-confidence. For most it tends to go away by our late teens and early twenties, but it can go on for longer. Acne can also develop in the late twenties and beyond.
The problem occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands. These glands secrete an oily substance (sebum) to lubricate your hair and skin. Sebum normally travels along the hair shafts and through the openings of the hair follicles onto the surface of your skin. When your body produces an excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells, the two can build up in the hair follicles. They form a soft plug, creating an environment where bacteria can thrive. If the clogged pore becomes infected with bacteria, inflammation results.
Acne can run in families, (half of women have a family history of post-adolescent problem skin. The main factors that cause this condition are: the effects of hormones on sebaceous glands, over production of sebum, excess keratinisation, bacteria and lifestyle factors such as diet, stress and incorrect skincare products.
Most acne sufferers have normal hormone levels if tested, however, acne can sometimes be caused by a problem with the hormones. The most common problem being polycystic ovarian syndrome in females. If you are a woman, develop irregular periods, unusual hair growth or hair loss this could indicate some imbalance in your system. Post-adolescent problem skin affects 76% of women, whereas males usually get adolescent problem skin. Approximately 33% of women with post-adolescent problem skin have features of excessive androgen (male hormone) activity.
Also, if you have a high glycaemic index (GI) diet (e.g. Sugar and sugary foods, white bread, potatoes, white rice etc) have been shown to cause or aggravate acne. There is also evidence that dairy products can also trigger acne in some people.
Acne can be controlled and treated very successfully when using the correct skincare and supplements.
Some facials to help treat include
Deep Cleansing Cool Peel link
Environs interpretation of the classic deep cleanse facial. This unique method of deep cleansing the skin is gentle in exfoliating the skin’s surface, yet effective in purifying and assisting to control the appearance of congested, breakout-prone skin. The gentle peel helps to achieve visible improvements, leaving the skin looking radiantly healthy and refreshed.
Blemish Control Cool Peel
This powerful cool peel therapy assists with the management of blemish prone, distressed skin, by purifying, cleansing and assisting to unclog pores and dissolve impurities. Our hero treatment for problematic skin conditions.
LED LIGHT THERAPY
LED Light Therapy is a safe, clinically proven and very effective treatment for acne. Can be a stand alone treatment or included with the recommended facial.
Using the correct homecare and supplements is crucial if you want to successfully treat problem skin. Consultation is key to plan your treatment.
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