Acne is a problem that worries teenagers’ world over. They are the black or red eruptions that develop predominantly over the face. Though benign in nature, their presence causes much anxiety to the sufferer. Acne can occur at any age but mainly they occur in teenager, hence it is considered as one of the, “teen”, problems.
They occur due to changes in the unit of the skin structure containing a hair follicle and sebaceous glands and occur mostly in areas having greater density of sebaceous glands, i.e. over the face, chest and upper back. This change is caused by a sensitivity to hormones.
Sebaceous glands get blocked due to production of more sebum thus blocking the pores. This can be due to the masculinizing hormone androgen, levels of which tend to increase during puberty. Those with oily skin are more prone to acne. Heredity factor is also present. They tend to be aggravated by hormonal changes that occur during puberty. The theory that a high fat diet contributes to acne is not validated by research.
Drugs like anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, also induce acne as a side effect. Some studies claim that mental stress and anxiety can also aggravate acne.
The acne manifest as red coloured small pustular lesions with a black head or with a white or red top. At times there is inflammation of the surrounding skin. On puncture of acne, some pus and inflammatory debris is excluded.
There may be mild itching and or pain over the acne. Sometimes people experience some discomfort over the face while moving out in the sun. On scratching it, there is risk of bacterial infection setting and also causing permanent scars on the face. Otherwise it is a benign condition which will not harm an individual in any way.
There is no significant symptom except the cosmetic disfigurement and resultant mental stress. Acne can lower the self-esteem of a teenager and even lead him or her to depression in extreme cases. The problem has assumed significant proportions today due to extensive advertising by cosmetic companies which lay emphasis on a clear flawless skin.
The first step in treating acne is keeping the face clean. Washing face regularly with a mild soap or copious amounts of water helps to clean and keep the skin pores open. Many kinds of ointments, creams and lotions are available for treatment of acne. They contain benzoyl peroxide (antibacterial), retinoic acid, niacin a component of vitamin B.complex, etc. substances which reduce acne. Systemic antibiotics can also be used for severe cases. Whatever treatment one takes, acne can relapse later, though the intensity may be less, hence why you should never just stop a treatment when you think you’re acne has disappeared. Even though you cannot see it, it doesn’t mean it won’t come back so always maintain your treatment.
This set of three Aknicare® products is designed to be used to maintain spot-free skin once the core products have delivered a spot-free skin for 2 to 4 weeks. There is no limit to how long this set can be used for; and as skin sensitivity to acne can range from 6 months to 60 years with an average of 6 to 8 years then this is ideal to maintain a spot free skin.
Aknicare® Gentle Cleansing Gel will cleanse and tone your skin while keeping excessive skin build up in-check by createing conditions in the skin which slow cell turnover and reduce keratin build up. It also contains calming and soothing agents. The Gentle Cleansing Gel is not exfoliating and cleanses with minimal irritation using glucose and silicon-based cleansing agents. If you would prefer the exfoliating Aknicare® Cleansing Wash then this is also available as a selection in the shop.
Aknicare® Cream maintains skin moisture levels but also contains an antibacterial and a key ingredient which alters the skin’s environment so that oil production levels are maintained while continuing to supplement skin fatty acid levels and keep acne triggers reduced locally in the skin. This key product should be enough for maintenance of acne free skin but if acne starts to return then you will need to add in Aknicare® Lotion.
The Aknicare® Skin Roller can be used on any occasional spots that might still come up to reduce them quickly. The Skin Roller contains all the ingredients in Aknicare® Lotion but also contains extra calming and soothing agents to reduce a spot fast.