Updated: Jun 9, 2020
June is acne awareness month. Acne can be a tricky skin problem to treat, and can not only present in the teenage years but also in adulthood. In this blog I will talk about what medical grade skincare solutions are available to you here at the Medished. Certain products can help if you have mild/moderate acne, however it's important to say that you have to be committed as achieving skin health can take time. Seeking specialist advice from a dermatologist is important if the acne is severe and if more prescriptive products are needed.
WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected oil glands. Hormones can act on the oil glands in the skin to make them bigger thus leading to more oil production and blocking your pores. Bacteria can act on the skin surface and cause deeper seated spots. Acne comes in different forms when it comes to the pimples. The most common types are:
-Whiteheads These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.
-Blackheads These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look black.
-Papules These are small pink bumps that can be tender.
-Pustules These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top.
-Nodules These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin.
-Cysts These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars.
Causes of acne are really unknown, but typically hormonal changes, heredity, the start and stop of medications, including birth control, diet, makeup, and use of products that clog pores are known factors. Triggers can vary from one person to the next. Diet can also play a part so possibly reducing your diary and sugar from your diet can be helpful.
For females acne can be more pronounced around the time of your period , first trimester of pregnancy, and also around the time of menopause. When it comes to skincare and acne I would advise certain key ingredients some of which below that can help in the fight against acne, so let's explore this further.
When a patient presents to me initially once we have gone through lifestyle issues, I tend to advice a simple regime to start with. Like all skincare protocols it all starts with cleansing.
Double cleansing is super important as first cleanse will remove makeup and second a cleanse will clean the pores.
Depending on level of acne this kit pictured below by Obagi is great for mild/moderate acne. Its gentle yet effective ingredients make it perfect for teens and adults alike. Unlike other acne treatment regimens, the CLENZIderm M.D. System will never over-dry. Instead, skin is left balanced and hydrated as blemishes heal and fade.
CLENZIDERM M.D. SYSTEM BY OBAGI MEDICAL