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On the surface of the skin there are actually tiny holes called hair follicles. When these become blocked with dead skin cells, acne develops. Sebaceous glands are tiny glands attached to hair follicles. They produce sebum, which acts as a natural moisturizer - lubricating the hair and skin: preventing it from drying out.
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands over produce sebum which mixes with dead skin cells and blocks the hair follicle.
So how can we fight back?! What are the best treatments for acne?
Visit your GP: Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK and your local doctor can prescribe topical treatments or antibiotics which kill the bacteria that cause spots. Book yourself in for an appointment and ask your doctor about Lymecyline or Doxycycline. Hormonal therapies or the oral contraceptive pill might also be prescribed to adult women with acne.
Make Up: Use water-based products that are described as non-comedogenic (this means the make-up is unlikely to block up your skin's pores) Avoid using too much make-up - healthy skin needs to breathe.
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Benzoyl Peroxide: Ask your doctor about this cream or gel which is usually applied twice a day and works as an antiseptic to reduce the number of bacteria on the surface of the skin. Benzoyl peroxide dries out excess oils and bacteria on your face, but can also dry out your skin and cause redness, so do use sparingly!
Tackle stress! When you're stressed out your body over produces hormones which can sometimes lead to acne. There are few things you can do to tackle stress before your gorgeous face starts getting a sprinkling of spots:
1. Deep breaths. Whatever it is, really isn't worth the worry.
2. Hit the gym. Regular exercise gives your mood a boost and raises self-esteem. Shower as soon as you're done working out as sweat irritates and could worsen acne.
So have no fear! Treatments for acne are available, head to your GP and check out what's on the market!
In our next blog we explore treatments for male-pattern baldness... stay tuned! x