What’s going on beneath your skin? Acne is a common skin condition that causes oily skin, spots, burning, irritation and pain. It arises when pores become blocked, and secretions, or sebum, build up in the skin. Different symptoms and types of spots may require different treatment, and it can be good to know which category your acne falls into.
Even those who once prided themselves on their clear, smooth skin can find themselves struggling with adult acne – and the condition is on the rise. According to a recent article by The Telegraph, a study of private dermatology clinics found a 200% increase in adult patients seeking acne treatment.
There are a number of reasons why acne can flare up later in life, often related to fluctuating hormones and changes in skincare products, but stress and poor diet have been pinpointed as principal causes. Read in full
Acne is a troubling skin condition affecting up to 25% or people at some time in their lives. It can cause physical discomfort and mental anguish.
Whilst there is a lot of information available about acne, much of it is based on misconceptions; from old wives’ tales to simple misinformation. Some notions are simply wrong, others can be harmful. We all want clear skin, so let’s set the record straight and bust some of the most common myths about acne? Read in full
Antibiotics are part of the routine treatment of acne, but not all acne requires antibiotics. Antibiotics are used when acne is actively infected. They reduce infection and inflammation and reduce the chance of scarring.
The bacteria which cause infection in acne are the normal bacteria found commonly on healthy skin. The reason some acne becomes infected and other acne is relatively uninfected is not well understood.
Acne is caused by blocked pores. Secretions build up at the surface of the skin. This produces blackheads and whiteheads. If these become infected, pustules (infected spots) develop. Infected spots are usually red, painful and inflamed.
Acne spots which contain large amount of secretions, usually with infection, are called cysts.