ACNE

Acne, or “acne vulgaris”, is an oily skin condition where skin’s sebaceous glands produce excess sebum. This causes pores to become clogged with dead cells and sebum. Sometimes, the process stops there, resulting in blackheads and whiteheads. This is known as “retentional acne”. In more severe cases, bacteria multiply in the trapped sebum and cause inflammation in the skin, resulting in superficial pimples called pustules, or deeper, hard and painful lesions called nodules and cysts. This is called “inflammatory acne”.

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CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN.

FALSE

There is no solid evidence that chocolate has any effect on acne, even if everyone is different so acne could cause breakouts to some people. Dark chocolate is actually filled with skin-loving anti-oxidants!
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OILY FOODS
EQUALS OILY SKIN.

FALSE

A common acne myth is that grease on your plate translates to more oil in your pores, but there is no direct link between the two. However, a diet rich in saturated fat can fuel micro-inflammation in all of the body's organs, including the skin. In short, bacon and chips won't cause acne, but moderation is the best policy for overall health.
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SUGAR CAN MAKE
ACNE WORSE.

TRUE

Recent studies have shown that high Glycemic Index foods - the ones that cause blood sugar to spike- can make acne worse. We know it's easier said than done, but to keep your skin happy, steer away from sweets, sugary drinks, and goodies made from white flour and stick to high-fiber foods, like whole grains and pulses, instead.
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SQUEEZING A PIMPLE
WON'T DO YOU MUCH GOOD.

TRUE

Even if it seems like a quick fix, squeezing a pimple will actually make things worse for your acne-prone skin as it could actually damage the infected hair follicle and increase inflammation. You could even introduce a new infection with your fingernails.So popping zits is a harmful habit and best avoided!
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What causes acne?

In acne, an inbalance in hormones called androgens cause the sebaceous gland to produce lots of oil. The same hormones cause increased production of skin cells lining pores. Pores then get clogged with a mixture of cells and sebum, becoming a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. This results in several types of pimple ranging from red spots to pustules or deep, painful cysts.


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Does birth control help acne?

Acne is essentially caused by hormones. In females, this can be treated with birth control, also known as the oral contraceptive pill (OCP), which rebalances your hormones in favour of clear skin. See your doctor to find out if you are a candidate for this treatment, as it is not suitable for everyone.


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How can I remove acne scars?

Post acne scars are very hard to treat. Certain in-office treatments can help such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser and microneedling. In people with blemishes, post acne scars should be prevented from forming in the first place with suitable medications such as antibiotics or isotretinoin. Ask also your pharmasists about an expert daily skincare such as the EFFACLAR range.


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How can I get rid of acne?

Mild acne can be managed with the right dermocosmetic solutions. Gently cleanse skin twice daily with a micellar water or foaming cleansing gel. Follow with daily skincare with active ingredients like salicylic acid, niacinamide and piroctone olamine. If these measures are not enough, see your dermatologist to ask about medical treatments such as retinoids, antibiotics and isotretinoin.


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CAUSES
OF ACNE

The primary cause of acne is hormonal: The sex organs (testes in males and ovaries in females) produce hormones called androgens which send the sebaceous glands into oil overdrive, producing large amounts of clogging sebum. There re, however, several other contributing factors to acne, which include UV rays, pollution, diet and stress. Because acne is primarily a hormone-driven condition, it is most common in teenagers during puberty, but it also affects increasing numbers of adults, particularly adult women during their menstrual cycle.

HOW TO TAKE CARE
OF AN ACNE-PRONE SKIN?

Imperfections can be managed with prescription-only medications. When blemishes gets lighter, expert over-the-counter dermocosmetics, or a combination of the two also help. If skin blemishes are affecting your confidence, it’s important to take action rather than suffer in silence. With the right medical advice and skincare, skin can be progressively cleared for a long-lasting fresh-faced appearance.

In this section, you will learn all about the causes and symptoms of oily and acne-prone skin, plus how to take care of it with top product recommendations. Swipe to discover articles on both teenage and adult acne-prone skin, in addition to our expert tips on how to cover up with imperfections-friendly make-up.

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The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.