Living with problem skin can be very difficult, and sometimes it’s hard to find just the right treatment for your combination of issues, to keep your confidence and deal with unsightly and sometimes painful blemishes and inflammation.

At Skinetica we always advise that if your skin doesn’t improve with over-the-counter remedies or is affecting you emotionally, you should see your GP for further advice.

Almost 100% of young people between the ages of twelve and seventeen have occasional problems with spots or annoying blackheads. Most experience this at least once, it’s been reported that nearly half of those in their 20s and a third of those in their 30s have had occasional acne. For some people this can become a very debilitating and emotional issue.

What causes acne?

It is a popular belief that acne is caused by poor diet or poor hygiene – but the truth is that although it is affected by both of these things it is not brought on by either.

It is thought that the increase of hormonal activity in the bodies of young people during and after puberty, raises the skin’s production of natural oils. This oil is called sebum and the glands that produce it are alongside the tiny hair follicles connected to the surface of the skin by small openings or pores.

These can become easily blocked with excess oil and sometimes skin debris which may introduce the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, which normally lives on the surface of your skin, this causes inflammation (but not infection) in the hair follicles. The blocked pores can become inflamed as your body fights off the invasion of bacteria.

Sometimes, if the inflammation develops near the surface of your skin, red or yellow spots (pustules or zits) can form. Deeper inflamed areas can form if the infection is nearer the hair root. In very severe acne, cysts may join together to form even larger, deeper inflamed lesions (acne conglobata), but this is rare. The influence of hormones on the causes of acne is still the subject of a lot of medical research. One important thing to remember about acne is that it isn’t infectious, you can’t catch it from others or pass it on.

How can you prevent acne?

The truth is you cannot prevent acne, it is a by-product of your body’s natural development. As we are all different, the time and severity of the “acne years” in our lives can vary as well. There is a lot you can do to get through this period though. Spending time learning how to take care of your skin, how to look after your body’s general health, and how to choose healthy foods and keeping active is the best way forward. Be prepared by building Skinetica into your daily skin care routine, is yet another positive thing to do.

Dealing with break outs and flare ups – top tips

The best plans include:

  • Stopping new pimples from forming; a twice-daily application of Skinetica trying to lower inflammation levels; again Skinetica is your best friend! reduce pimples to prevent scarring; a regular skincare regime help boost your confidence; keep active and focus on what you do as much as how you look!
  • Stopping new pimples from forming – keeping it clean
  • Get a good night’s sleep – make sure your body is well rested
  • When you wash your face use a soft touch, and soft cloths with natural fibres
  • Take care not to rub or scrub your skin
  • If you wear make-up choose it carefully; it should ideally be oil free
  • Drink lots of fluids – water is your friend!
  • Stopping new pimples
  • Popping pimples can cause infection and scarring; try not to do it
  • Check your shampoo and any soaps or cleansers for any harsh chemicals or ingredients – Skinetica contains no harsh chemicals
  • Eat well and regularly – try to avoid the dreaded sugar rush and craving sweet foods!
  • If you wear make-up always remove it last thing at night
  • Confidence boosting
  • Keep in shape and take regular exercise
  • If you wear makeup – wear it sparingly when you have skin imperfections – let your skin breathe and recover
  • Get your regular skin cleansing and Skinetica routine going and keep to it every day
  • Taking action will really help you feel in control.

Above all don’t give up – try these things and you will begin to get the relief you want for your skin imperfections. Remember also, we always advise that if your skin doesn’t improve with over-the-counter remedies or is affecting you emotionally, you should see your GP for further advice.