It’s Acne Awareness Month!
So I was very unaware until today that June is actually Acne Awareness Month! Which I think its so exciting and important, after googling it more today I have noticed its not well publicised and not many others are aware of this either.
Suffering with acne is the main reason in which I started this blog and gave me the inspiration to do so as I really want to help others who suffer with it…
What is Acne Vulgaris? Acne, or acne vulgaris is a long term skin condition characterised by pimples, inflammation, whiteheads, blackheads, greasy skin and often scarring. It most commonly effects young people but can occur at any age.
What causes Acne Vulgaris? The main cause of acne is that there is too much oil production (sebum). Acne is caused when dead cells and sebum come into contact and clog the pores. Bacteria can grow here and if these contents leak to surrounding skin then inflammation occurs. Blockage causes a natural reflex of sebum production forming a black head. White blood cells attack bacteria, and then die off. The accumulation of the white blood cells forms a pus – a white head.
How can you treat Acne Vulgaris? Some people are blessed with clear skin, incredibly lucky for them, incredibly annoying for everyone else. Some people may get the odd spot and can use a cheap spot cream and they will be gone. For the rest of us who suffer with acne vulgaris it can be very persistent and be awfully hard to treat. For some people a topical treatment (usually prescribed – something like benzoyl peroxide) will clear up there acne. This basically just means applying a cream to the affected areas. If this fails to improve then antibiotics are often used, as these help to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. For girls, the contraceptive pill can also regulate their cycle and clear up the skin. In my case I tried all of these options leading to some results from time to time but I was not happy. The last resort for most people is accutane/isotretinoin, but this is a very strong and serious drug so It is always a last option. I am currently on this – and you can read more about this here in my other posts.
What complications can Acne Vulgaris cause? Acne scarring can sometimes develop as a result of having acne. This is normally caused when serious spots burst and damage nearby skin. This doesn’t occur in all cases, but if it does it can be irritating. Acne scars are hard to treat but there are some creams and home remedies to try. (I will be posting about some of these soon! I am still on the hunt to find the best product for acne scars) Acne scars can also be caused by picking or popping spots so please refrain from doing this!
What are my simple tips to help prevent and treat acne? 1. Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin!
2. Cut back on alcohol and greasy foods, this will clear your complexion from the inside out.
3. Wash your face twice a day, under washing can cause dirt and bacteria to build up but too much washing can stimulate oil production!
4. ALWAYS wash off make up before bed this is my most important rule!
5. Try a topical cream 5. If acne continues to persist visit a doctor, they will help you in the best way they can!
Help spread the word #acneawareness #acneawarenessmonth, tweet me @prettylskin to tell me your stories!
I am also working on a new page which explains all types of skin conditions and skin types in order to help everyone with treating them, and each post will soon be linked to the skin types and skin conditions they can help with, so stay tuned for that!