WHAT CAUSES OILY ACNE-PRONE SKIN?
HOW TO PREVENT IT?

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by “dirty skin”. In fact, people with acne often over zealously cleanse their skin! If you’re looking for the root cause of acne, the culprit is the sebaceous gland which produces an oil known as sebum. Under the influence of hormones and multiple other factors (stress, UV, pollution…), these glands produce excess oil, clogging your pores, and leading to breakouts.

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 cystic acne?

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne, associated with deep, painful cysts. Over-the-counter treatments may not be sufficient to treat cystic acne, although creams with salicylic acid may help. See a dermatologist or your GP to discuss prescription solutions such as antibiotics or isotretinoin. It is important that you get the right treatment for cystic acne to avoid scarring.


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How can I get rid of chest acne?

Chest acne can be treated in much the same way as facial acne: Cleanse the area twice daily with a gentle foaming cleansing gel. Follow with daily skincare containing active ingredients like salicylic acid, niacinamide and piroctone olamine. Also remember to shower immediately after exercising. If these measures are not enough, see your doctor to ask about prescription acne treatments.


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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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How can I get rid of baby acne?

Baby acne occurs in around 20% of newborns. It is a harmless condition where tiny red or white bumps or pimples appear on the face or body. In most cases, no treatment is required: Baby acne will resolve on its own. Avoid harsh products and opt for a gentle soap-free cleanser to keep the skin clean. Do not scrub the skin, squeeze the spots or use OTC acne creams on baby’s delicate skin.

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OR FALSE

CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ANE-PRONE SKIN.

FALSE

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

FALSE

Acommon acne myth is that grease on your plate translates to more oil in yourpores, but there is no direct link between the two. However, a diet rich insaturated fat can fuel micro-inflammation in all of the body's organs,including the skin. In short, bacon andchips 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 haveshown 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 keepyour skin happy, steer away from sweets, sugary drinks, and goodies made fromwhite 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 aquick fix, squeezing a pimple will actually make things worse for your acne-proneskin as it could actually damage the infected hair follicle and increaseinflammation. You could even introduce a new infection with your fingernails.So popping zits is a harmful habit and best avoided!
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ACNE BENEFITS FROM
A COMBINED APPROACH

Although acne is a partially genetic condition (yes, you can blame your parents to a certain extent!), the right lifestyle adjustments along with an effective daily skincare routine can help reduce mild cases of acne. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

In more severe cases, your dermatologist might advise you a combination of medication, and dermocosmetic solutions from the pharmacy once your acne-prone skin gets better. In all cases, the key to success is to stick to the treatment prescribed by your dermatologist, even if it doesn’t seem to work at first.

In this section, we’ll decode oily skin and acne, including hormonal acne, as well as reveal some of the lesser known acne triggers: Stress, UV and pollution. You will also find plenty of tips on how to care for your oily complexion (we’ll even tell you how to prevent spots before a big event) and how to take lasting action to help clear your acne-prone skin.

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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.