LOOKING FOR THE BEST ACNE-PRONE SKIN
TREATMENTS INGREDIENTS?

Acne comes in many forms, and so do acne treatments. The right treatment for you will depend on both the underlying cause of your breakout (stress, hormonal imbalances, diet…) as well as its severity.

In most cases of acne-prone skin, the correct form of cleansing and the use of adapted daily care products containing reference dermatological active ingredients can help keep pores clear and prevent new pimples from appearing. Action can always be taken, and you’re in the right place to find guidance towards the right solutions!

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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How can I get rid of post acne scars?

Post acne scars are notoriously difficult to treat. Certain in-office treatments can help such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser and microneedling. Ideally, 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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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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How can I get rid of back acne?

Mild acne on the body can be managed with the right dermocosmetic solutions. Gently cleanse skin twice daily with a 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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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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CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ANE-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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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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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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TOP ACNE-PRONE SKIN-FIGHTING
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

So, which top ingredients should you look out for? Broadly-speaking, topical anti-imperfections ingredients fall into two categories: Those that help clear pores, and those that target bacteria.

Salicylic acid is a highly effective ingredient in acne-prone skin moisturizers and face washes for its ability to clear away dead skin cells and dissolve excess oil. Many products also incorporate antibacterial ingredients like zinc sulphate and benzoyl peroxide. As a general rule, look for products that are non-comedogenic (that won’t clog your pores).

YOUR SOS
RESCUE PRODUCTS

Sounds complicated? It isn’t: In these articles you will find top product recommendations that you can buy directly from the pharmacy without a prescription.

You will also find specific tips on how to cleanse your oily and acne-prone skin, as well as how to help get rid of blackheads, post-acne scars and marks, plus an article on the importance of sleep for clear and healthy skin – acne-prone skin needs its beauty sleep!

If over-the-counter cares aren’t strong enough for you (particularly if you have cystic acne-prone skin), in this section you will also discover prescription only medical treatments for acne: Topical retinoids, oral antibiotics, isotretinoin (Accutane). We’ll also talk you through the side effects to watch out for.

DEAR
READERS

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.