It is estimated that over 80% of people are affected by acne at some point in their life. The extent of this suffering can be anything from mild, periodic facial blemishes to more persistent and severe breakouts resulting in deep scarring.
Acne, simply put, is a term covering inflammatory and non-inflammatory skin conditions that cause anything from just a few blackheads and whiteheads on the face to inflamed, red and swollen lesions covering a variety of areas including the face, back and chest. These are the visible result of the skin’s abnormal reaction to a rise in testosterone, which is responsible for the stimulation of the sebaceous/oil gland.
Acne is an inherited disease with no typical cause, but it can be aggravated by the following factors; Hormonal Changes, Medication, Diet, Stress and Incorrect Product Use. In saying this there are a few bad habits to refrain from doing, and recommendations that will help to improve your acne concerns, these include;
1. Over washing your face
While it’s important to wash your face daily, the over-washing of the skin is not always a good thing. This may not only cause irritation but also a disruption in the balance and health of the skin’s barrier, leading to further breakouts and an increase in the skin’s oil production.
2. Trying out different types of new acne treatments/products too frequently
Understanding that acne is not a ‘quick fix’ and ensuring you allow adequate time for products to improve this concern. DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care recommends 6-8 weeks of product use before gauging your results.
3. Only introducing a spot treatment
Although there are effective spot treatments available on the market, such as DermaFix Mattifying Pore Minimizer, it is important to treat the whole area that is affected as this assists to prevent the formation of new blemishes.
4. Incorrect product use
Incorporate into your daily routine products that offer ‘non-comedogenic’ benefits, this will prevent the clogging of pores contributing to acne lesions. Make use of products that help to regulate your oil production providing your skin with a mattifying effect without stripping your pH balance.
5. Sharing make-up, make-up brushes or applicators
Acne isn’t contagious, but when sharing these items, you transfer the acne-causing bacteria, oil and dead skin cells which leads to the clogging of pores and potential risk of further breakouts.
6. Sleeping with your make-up on
As your skin does most of it’s regenerating whilst you sleep, it is essential to remove the make-up on your skin before retiring for the night in order to prevent cumulative damage and clogged pores.
7. Stripping your skin from excessive amounts of oil
Acne skin can experience excessive oil production, but trying to get rid of these oils the wrong way may exacerbate this condition. Oil on your skin is a natural occurrence, keeping this level in balance is key. Using the correct products to regulate oil production without overstimulating the skin will help to prevent the exacerbation of your acne symptoms. DermaFix Vitamin B Cream, DermaFix ACC Vitamin C and MD Prescriptives Acne Solutions are recommended to help keep your ‘shine-in-line’.
8. Using harsh scrubs to exfoliate your skin
Using harsh or granular scrubs will not improve acne but instead, create inflammation within the skin and worsen this condition. DermaFix DermaPolish can be used as a gentle enzymatic exfoliator helping to dissolve redundant skin cells without the friction related to granular scrubs.
9. Do not pick
When you squeeze acne lesions you damage the follicle wall and as a result, you make your skin more susceptible to reinfection and potential scarring.
Pursuing a treatment can be the start of a healing journey that could provide you with the opportunity to learn about your skin and understand it better. The perseverance that this requires is well worth the effort.