Acne affects 40–50 million people in the United States (16%) and approximately 3–5 million in Australia (23%). Severe acne tends to be more common in people of Caucasian or Hispanic descent than in people of African descent.
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One of our biggest nightmare is to wake in the morning and see that pimple on your face. Let’s face it that everyone of us go through the phase in life when your biggest problem in life is get rid of those pimples and get back your clear skin.
If your acne is moderate or severe during your first trimester, you may opt for modest use of over-the-counter topical products that contain either benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid. Topical agents’ impact on acne blemishes may be only temporary and not necessarily very effective for moderate to severe acne, and they are not believed to pose an increased risk of birth defects.
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Elemi essential oil is dervived from the resin of the elemi tree. It has been used for skin conditions for centuries due to its very specific collagen building property. This essential oil is said to stimulate the collagen production, and increase cell turnover to fade the scars.( I often add a few drops of elemi essential oil in my vitamin C serum to enhance its rejuvenating properties )
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has published a number of useful tips that you can follow in managing your skin condition. There are also several videos on YouTube that offer useful device. The AAD tips are summarized below:
Many over-the-counter treatments in many forms are available, which are often referred to as cosmeceuticals. Certain types of makeup may be useful to mask acne. In those with oily skin, a water-based product is often preferred.
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Do an audit of your skin care and makeup products. This is important! Surprisingly often it can be one product that is causing most if not all of an acne problem! This is especially true for cystic type acne that seemed to appear suddenly. Any that are too rich, too oily, or simply not right for your skin must be stopped immediately.
Subcision is a minimal surgery during which a dermatologist undermines the acne scar with a sharp instrument, like a scalpel or small hypodermic needle. This helps break down fibrous bands found in scar tissue, effectively cutting the tension between the outer and lower layers of the skin that causes skin indentation. This procedure is also known as subcutaneous incisional surgery.
Because the cost of a peel for full face can be pretty high ($2000-$5000), many affordable home kits are now available. There are even professional peel kits with high concentration of TCA that are available.
Retinol. This vitamin A-derivative targets white and blackheads by treating the ones you have and preventing new ones from popping up. “Since blackheads are the building blocks of acne, it’s really important to prevent them with retinol,” says Dr. Lee.
Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores which attracts bacteria and become inflamed. For some adults breakouts are as a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens, the male hormone.
If you have severe acne which does not respond to the treatments usually prescribed by GPs, you may need to see a hospital specialist. In particular, if your doctor believes you would be helped by isotretinoin tablets. You may also need hospital treatment for acne scars. Options available for scarring include laser resurfacing of the skin, mechanical or chemical peeling of the skin, breaking the scar tissue down with a sterile needle (subcision) and injection of collagen filler.
Everyone is different and so is their experience of acne. Some people will only ever develop mild acne, while others can experience large, deep, painful lumps or cysts under their skin – a severe form of acne.
Don’t pop the acne: As tempting as it might be, do not pop that pimple. Reason being that the more you squeeze the zit the more prone to infection it becomes and the worse it gets. Also, after it gets worse, it will take longer to heal and afterwards, leave a nasty scar behind. So if you spot a pimple, let it be until it’s ready to come off on its own.