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WHAT? Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. We have pores in our skin that are connected to oil glands, which produce Sebum, an oily liquid. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, which can result in an accumulation of oil under the skin.
WHY? It’s believed that the primary cause of this is a rise in androgen levels - androgen is a type of hormone that tends to rise when we become an adolescent. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under your skin grow and the enlarged glands also produce more oil.
WHO? Nearly 75% of people aged 11-30 will experience some form of it and resort to acne products. People of all ages and races can experience it.
WHERE? Signs tend to appear on the face, back, chest, shoulders and neck most
Ways to prevent it
As if getting the painful red pimples wasn’t bad enough, but more often than not they can leave your skin scattered with faint scars that could last you a lifetime.
That’s why it’s really important to take action with good quality acne products sooner rather than later. To help your chosen acne products work to the maximum effect, check out a few hints and tips on how to improve and remove your unwanted spots:
Keep your skin clean: It’s important to wash your face twice a day to remove impurities, dead skin cells and extra oil from the skins surface. Be careful not to use harsh soap as this can hurt skin that is already irritated and could cause more damage.
Moisturise: Many acne products can dry out skin, so it’s important that you restore any moisture that is lost. Use a moisturiser that is ideal for minimising dryness and skin peeling.
Use makeup sparingly: During a breakout always try to avoid wearing makeup. If you do, try to use ones that are oil free with out any dyes of chemicals, this will decrease your chances of skin irritation. Always be sure you remove it at the end of the day.
Watch what you put on your hair: Often hair products can be oily or cause irritation to the skin. Therefore, it’s important that you use a gentle shampoo or conditioner. Got long hair? Make sure you keep it off your face to avoid spreading bacteria.
Keep your hands off your face: Do you tend to prop your head up with your hand? Or maybe pick or pop your pimples? Try not to! This can also helps spread bacteria and lead to infection and scarring, reach for an acne product instead!
Stick to a healthy diet: To give your skin the best chance of gaining a smoother look and aim to eat a healthy balanced diet at all times.