Acne – The Big Questions

Is all acne the same?

Acne can be categorised into two types, non-inflammatory and inflammatory. Non-inflammatory acne occurs when oil and dead cells clog the pores. It presents itself as blackheads or whiteheads and tends to be painless, whereas inflammatory acne can be much more painful. Inflammatory break outs tend to be red and in some cases will have a white “head” to them. Depending on the severity, they may become hard to touch and very tender. The treatment path that you might be recommended is therefore unique to you and the type of acne that you have.

What causes spots?

Acne is often associated with oily skin. Oil (sebum) is essential to keep your skin protected & hydrated, but when it’s overproduced it gets clogged in the pores with dead skin cells. This causes the bacteria responsible for spots to form, allowing bacteria to multiply & cause blackheads & whiteheads on the skins surface. Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 11.01.29

What can trigger acne breakouts?

There are as many myths about the causes of acne as there are days in a year! Acne can be brought on by a range of factors such as stress, hormonal fluctuations including pregnancy, menopause & oral contraceptives, medication side effects, sweating, excessive oil production, sleep habits and hair and skin care products.

I’ve tried every ‘clear skin’ product on the market but none have work. I don’t know what else to try

If you’re reading this you’re in the right place. At DestinationSkin, we only recommend treatments / products that have gone through rigorous clinical trials to deliver proven results. Unfortunately, some acne treatments sold over the counter in high street chemists include ingredients that aggravate acne further, such as synthetic oils found in “oil free” cleansers, to pore clogging ingredients found in moisturisers which worsens the problem & can leave you feeling that your skin is incurable. They also do not contain the same levels of prescribed active ingredients to get to deep into your skin and correct acne. The cosmeceuticals we recommend are carefully formulated to deliver active ingredients deep into your skin and clear up nuisance break outs.

I’ve always had clear skin. Why have i started to develop active acne as an adult?

Acne is not just a teenage concern and occurs at any age. The American Academy of Dermatology suggest that up to 50% of men & 20% of women have some form of acne in their adult life, with many people developing it for the first time in their 30’s or 40’s. Everybody is different, so we would need to speak to you directly to uncover the possible causes of adult acne. Adult acne is often attributed to stress, cosmetic products, lifestyle and a lack of skin care regime.

I know I shouldn’t squeeze my spots, but is it really that bad?

Yes! Squeezing any spot, whether blackheads or whiteheads can force the bacteria deeper and cause inflammation & scarring. Try not to do it – you risk making the situation worse and are potentially slowing down your treatment progress.

How do I get rid of acne scars?

There are a number of options that we can suggest once your acne is under control. The right treatment will depend on how sever your scarring is, and can range from chemical skin peels, to IPL or laser resurfacing, to microdermabrasion. We also use Genuine Dermaroller™, a micro needling treatment designed to reduce signs of acne scarring by boosting natural collagen production in the skin. Read more on our dedicated acne scarring page.

Is it OK to cover spots with make up?

Make-up can lead to clogged pores and aggravate acne further, particularly across the chin and cheeks. We know that going bare is often not an option for people who come to us with breakouts, so we always advise our clients to opt for mineral make-up which contains only natural minerals, no oils, fragrance or preservatives. Mineral make-up is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores and is therefore the most suitable option for acne prone skin. Colorescience is one of the best brands we’ve come across >>

Does diet cause acne?

Dairy, sugar, coffee and nuts cause an increase in sebum which is thought to trigger or worsen acne.

Should I speak to dermatologist?

Although many people speak to a Dermatologist about their acne concerns, acne.org argue that not all dermatologists specialise in acne (which is one of many skin concerns that a dermatologist will have to learn about) and urge acne sufferers to arm themselves with knowledge about different treatments. When you speak to one of our skincare experts, you can be certain that we’ve invested in specific acne concern training to ensure that you’re getting the most trusted advice about treatments & cosmeceuticals proven to clear acne up.

Next steps?

Since 2013, we’ve treated over 2,500 clients with acne. Discover the range of acne management treatments that we offer here >>

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