We’re back with a new #DearPauline post to talk about acne! In our last post, we covered dull and sensitive skin. This week, we address a very common skin concern: managing acne.
But first, an introduction to acne and its causes
Acne affects almost all teenagers. The condition results from hormones reacting with the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands). The sebaceous glands make an oily substance called sebum. This empties onto the skin’s surface through the hair follicle opening (pore). The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria to grow in the follicle openings. Pores thus become clogged and pimples develop.
While there are many causes that contribute to its appearance, e.g. lifestyle and hereditary factors, the more common ones are:
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles clogged by sebum (or oil) and dead skin cells
- Bacteria (e.g P.acnes bacteria)
- Hormonal imbalance
“I’ve been battling hormonal adult cystic acne for half my life, and have tried just about everything and anything under the sun to counter the breakouts. I haven’t tried targeted facials as I worry they might exacerbate my current skin condition. Are there any solutions to this?
…and here’s our answer:
Battling hormonal cystic acne is painful, both physically and emotionally. Acne treatment is our forte and we have dealt with many cases like yours. This requires professional care. Dermatologists typically prescribe topical steroids, retinol (oral or topical), antibiotics, lasers and chemical peels. But we have many clients who want more natural alternatives with less potential side-effects.
Facials can work, but as your skin is extremely delicate, we need to go through a very long process (6 months to 1 year) to help reduce bacterial infections, balance your skin’s pH and improve its resilience. However, we are treating the root of the issue, and this will help significantly reduce acne in the long run. To do this, we use a combination of treatments (with customised frequencies) with a prescribed series for homecare, and we require the client to work really closely with us.