by: SANA MRAD//
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects more than half of all women between the ages of 20 and 29, more than a third of women between the ages of 30 and 39, and over a quarter of women between the ages of 40 and 49.
Gentle cleansing of the face with soap and water no more than two times a day can help with acne. However, this does not clear up acne that is already present. Aggressive scrubbing can injure the skin and cause other skin problems.
There are many cleansers and soaps advertised for treating acne. They often contain benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or sulfur.
Salicylic acid helps to correct the abnormal shedding of cells. For milder acne, salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions.
These may be used on top of the skin or taken orally. Antibiotics work by clearing the skin of acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation. They are available in creams, gels, solutions, pads, foams and lotions.
These drugs are available as topical or oral drugs. Topical retinoids clear up moderate-to-severe acne by affecting the way the skin grows and sheds. Topical retinoids don’t have the severe side effects of oral retinoids, however, they aren’t recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Side effects of topical retinoids include redness, dryness and itchy skin.
Patients taking acne drugs should be alert to possible side effects and interactions with other drugs and herbal remedies.
The topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide can leave skin reddened, dry and sensitive to sunlight.
Acne Scar Treatments
Some adults carry scars from acne. Some relatively aggressive surgical procedures can improve scars, include dermabrasion, several types of lasers and chemical peeling. These procedures remove the scarred surface and expose unblemished skin layers. Dermatologists may also use microneedling to stimulate collagen.
Fillers are injections under the scars to lift them up to the surrounding skin surface.
My favourite foundation list for acne:
1- Oxygenetix Acne-Control
2- Estée Lauder Double Wear
3- Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid
4- Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free
The best foundation for full coverage is Kat Von D.
- Ingredients to avoid if you have acne prone skin:
- Acetylated lanolin
- Algae Extract
- Almond oil
- D & C red
- lSopropyl Palmitate
- Ethyhexyl Palmitate
- Lauroyl Lysine
- Lauric Acid
Food to avoid:
Dairy products and chocolate