Acne in Men, Women and Teens

Acne is a skin condition that we dread especially if you are in your teens. There are ways of dealing with the condition and keeping it under control by correct use of skincare products and products that are suitable for this type of skin condition. If you know you have acne then it is important that you start treatment straight away to avoid any further spread.

In more severe cases acne can cause emotional distress and a low self-esteem.

Acne is typically known as a condition that causes spots, which affects the sebaceous follicles and hair follicles of the skin. The oil that the skin naturally produces is called sebum, which is vital to our skin as it helps to deliver enough moisture to the skin, and keeps the skin smooth and supple. Too much of this sebum can cause the pores to become blocked and if not cleansed effectively can lead to bacteria build-up.

Acne not only affects the skin on the face area but can also affect other parts of the body such as, the chest, neck and back area. The condition is very common in young people but can also develop in adulthood and the severity of the condition can vary greatly.

Most of us would probably only experience a mild dose of acne that can in most cases be easily treated. With more severe acne it is best to seek medical advice from your doctor for more effective treatment.

How to recognise acne

There are many common recognition symptoms of acne. Below we have outlined just a few that you may be able to associate with yourself.

  • greasy or very oily skin
  • skin that is prone to blackheads and whiteheads
  • large red spots that are painful
  • persistent pimples on the forehead, back, neck and chest area

What can makes acne worse

We all love doing things that is forbidden despite the fact that it comes at a price and outlined below are some of those forbidden things that can cause acne to become out of control.

  • squeezing of pimples
  • harsh products
  • incorrect cleansing
  • oily hair or products used on the hair
  • over exposure of sun, cold and heat
  • menstruation
  • detergents and chemicals

How to keep mild acne at bay

Depending on how severe the acne is most conditions can be treated with the correct products and use of these products.

  • wash your face twice a day with the appropriate products, unperfumed would be a good idea
  • use a toner that is suitable in order to remove any product left on the skin and to prepare the skin for moisturisers and treatments
  • don’t use products such as creams and oils unless they are specifically formulated for acne skin
  • lotions, gels and serums are usually good for acne conditions
  • use appropriate cosmetic products that don’t contain oil
  • drink plenty of water
  • protect the skin from too much sunlight
  • keep your hair well out of your face
  • wash your hair regularly

For severe acne seek medical advice from your doctor