What Causes Acne?

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    We probably all know that hormones are part of it, but surprisingly for many, your hormone levels don’t change. In fact, for 100% of male acne sufferers and for around 70% of female acne sufferers, hormone levels are the same before, during and after acne. The other 30% of women who do suffer from acne have hormonal changes, due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

    The true start of acne is the physiological changes which make our skin more sensitive to our hormones, particularly a form of the male (androgen) testosterone hormone called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone).

    Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that stimulates the development of male characteristics (an androgen). It is made through the conversion of the more commonly known androgen, testosterone. This skin sensitisation to hormones leads to a depletion of lipids and fatty acids in the skin which leach out of the skin and fall off alongside our dead skin cells. These ‘fats’ help to control the rate that water escapes from the skin, which is known as trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL, and is critically important in the development or exacerbation of many skin conditions.

    Therefore, it is true that acne is caused by a hormonally triggered loss in the skin’s ability to control water loss.

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    If water is escaping too fast from the skin, the living skin cells start to suffer and so the skin has to respond; new skin cell production increases which causes thickening of the epidermis in an effort to normalise water loss. Also, more keratin (the waxy protein substance that makes your nails hard) is deposited in the upper skin cells called keratinocytes and this also slows down water loss. The skin becomes harder or ‘hornier’ with increased keratinisation. The skin’s sebaceous glands then increase the production of sebum (oil) which flows out of the hair follicle duct onto the skin. This liquid oil also slows down water loss.

    The problem is that, although the skin is thickening upwards, the top layer of the skin also lines the neck of the hair follicle duct, so this thickening narrows the duct and can close it totally. This is exacerbated by the increased number of dead skin cells and oil all combining to help block the duct.

Synchrovit® Retinol A Cream normalises skin cell turnover, reducing the risk of hair follicle blockages

    Right now, such a skin would not have acne, but it would have blackheads and whiteheads (closed and open comedones), and therefore a ‘congested skin’.

    Many bacteria live on our skin and feed on the oil (sebum) we produce; one such one is known as p. acnes. It doesn’t particularly like living on our skin in a high oxygen environment as it prefers a low oxygen environment. However, it survives on our skin feeding on the oil by secreting enzymes onto the skin and breaking the oil down to glycerol, which is sucked back up by the bacteria as food. What’s left on the skin, as in free fatty acids, just fall off with our dead skin.

    Once the hair follicle duct is blocked, the bacteria’s food source is cut off, so the bacteria migrate under the plug to find the oil. However, it also finds a lower oxygen environment which it prefers, so it starts to reproduce and many new bacterial cells colonise the hair follicle duct. Now the free fatty acids produced from the bacterial enzyme break down, build up under the plug and trigger the body’s immune response which leads to inflammation. This can also lead to the breakdown of the hair follicle duct walls and the bacteria invade the surrounding area, which can result in scarring.

    When the bacteria are attacked by antibiotics and other treatments, as well as by the body’s immune system, the bacteria protect themselves by grouping together in a colony where they share their protective slimy protein coating. This becomes one shared coating with the bacteria inside it, called a biofilm and it protects the bacteria from immune attack and also from antibiotics which cannot penetrate the biofilm. This is why antibiotics can take so long – if at all – to work on acne. Benzoyl peroxide can be used to break open the biofilm which releases some of them to be attacked by the antibiotics and killed. However, due to benzoyl peroxide only having a short-term effect, the biofilm forms again. This means the antibiotic again cannot penetrate and the surviving bacteria are those less sensitive to the antibiotic, which over repeated exposures become more resistant to the antibiotics.

What can be done?

    If you don’t get the blockage, you don’t get the spot.

    Using exfoliating agents and benzoyl peroxide tends to thin the skin which accelerates water loss again and can make the situation worse. Using active ingredients like salicylic acid can help to soften and dislodge plugs blocking the duct, but too much can again be exfoliating, and using it on a twice-daily basis can lead to increased water loss and the skin thickening cycle getting worse. Also, if the walls of the hair follicle duct have actually thickened to the point where they meet and the duct is blocked but there is no oily plug, it can be a struggle to resolve.

Aknicare® Cleanser exfoliates and reduces bacterial levels, deeply cleaning the skin, removing debris and surface oil, and unblocking pores 

    If you can increase fixed ‘fats’ in the skin, cell production slows, keratin deposition reduces and oil production slows. Hydratime and Nutritime Plus Face Creams can restore TEWL control and the Aknicare range has a unique way of destroying the invading p. acnes (96% in a study), as well as all of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Also, by increasing TEWL control, through Aknicare inputting linoleic acid into the pilosebaceous duct, you make the skin less sensitive to the DHT hormone, which is a key initiator of the acne development process.

However the key is Hydratime and Nutritime, with its 50% ceramide mix of the key nine ceramide groups in the exact proportions the skin needs, combined with its 25% of free fatty acids and 25% cholesterol, which mirrors the skins actual make-up and helps restore TEWL control; so the skin does not need to thicken to control water loss, so the closure of the hair follicle duct doesn’t happen, meaning the duct stays open, and no blockage means not spot.

That’s one thing to help, but what about the rest?

    Another system is to find a way to kill the bacteria in the biofilm. We have a fast, unique, patented way of doing this that does not use antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, or even retinol.

    Aknicare ingredients get below the blockage, and into the biofilm where the bacteria are feeding and reproducing. The bacterial enzymes are preferentially drawn to these ingredients and break them down instead of oil.

This means three things:

  1. Intact sebum maintained (oil) means no glycerol food for the bacteria
  2. Free inflammatory fatty acids from sebum breakdown are much reduced, as the triglycerides within the sebum remain intact, as the bacterial enzyme breakdown of the sebum is reduced and therefore inflammatory byproducts are also reduced.
  3. Now instead, the bacterial enzyme breaks down the Tebiskin Triethyl Citrate ingredient to release lots of citric acid, making the environment within the biofilm very acidic and killing the bacteria.

But what about the biofilm?

    There is another ingredient which opens up the channels into the biofilm and allows the citric acid producing ingredient in. This means we kill 96% of the bacteria while in the biofilm; think of the biofilm, rather than protecting the bacteria, becoming their ‘coffin’.

Aknicare® is medically licensed for the treatment of acne and clinically proven to deliver positive results to 85% of long-term sufferers

These results have been supported and tested by top specialists throughout Europe and published in peer-reviewed journals and these ingredients have been accepted in prescribing lists.

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

Contact Us:

Phone: 0333 247 2474 – Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Live Chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

The Secret to Glowing Holiday Skin!

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Once upon a time, you’d have to go away on a long exotic holiday to get that gorgeous, healthy-looking glow that everyone is after today. But now, with the like of Instagram and SnapChat, everyone needs that glow before they go away, so they can be photo ready for snaps by the pool, on the beach, by the bar…you know, anything to make the folks back home green with envy!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you the inside scoop on how to get perfect summer skin before your next big trip, so that you can be ready for anything.

Introducing the EnerPeel® MA

Mandelic Acid is a slow-absorbing, gently exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid. It is originally isolated from almonds, but perfected in a lab, meaning that people with nut allergies can still benefit from treating themselves to an MA. In almonds, mandelic acid protects the nut from viruses, bacteria and fungi, a feature that can also be a great help to our skin too, keeping you free from pre-holiday ‘break-outs’. Its ability to control the hyperdilation of surface blood vessels also makes it ideal for those suffering from rosacea, and as we all know, UV can be a serious trigger for rosacea flare-ups, making EnerPeel® the perfect choice for rosacea sufferers or those prone to reddening.

Almonds

Remember, it’s the fact that it’s perfected in a lab that gives it amazing results – just rubbing almonds on your face will not do your skin any good!

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A lot of people are wary, or warn against, getting a chemical peel in the build-up to Summer due to fear of the effect of the sun on the freshly peeled skin, but EnerPeel® is not your average peel! Its rejuvenating effects are almost instant, delivering fresher, smoother skin with almost no downtime, meaning that with a high SPF sunscreen – which by the way, you should already be wearing every day, see our previous article for more details – you’ll be good to go and enjoy the summer sun. It’s even been called the Lunchtime Peel; that’s how little time it takes!

The beauty of EnerPeel® is that is also increases your skin’s absorbability, meaning that the SPF sunscreen you use will soak deeper into the skin for more even tanning, and the smoother texture of your skin means that your makeup will adhere so much better – and you won’t even need to wear as much because your skin will already look fab! That’s one less thing to worry about while you’re away!

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Rosacure Intensive SPF 30 – Rosacea targeting ingredients, combined with Factor 30 sun protection

Now we all know that holidays tend to be times when we let ourselves go a little and leave the diet at the airport to pick up again when you get home. And why shouldn’t you? Holidays are a time to treat yourself, live a little, and maybe have one too many cocktails at the hotel bar. The drawback is the hit that this can take on your immune system, which can often show on your face, potentially ruining your otherwise gorgeous holiday snaps. EnerPeel® MA will prevent these little holiday ‘break-outs’, keeping your skin clear and smooth, while you still get to push the boat out.

Cocktails

Disclaimer: Other side-effects caused by drinking too many cocktails cannot be prevented by having an EnerPeel before you go!

So, to sum up…

It gives you fresh, younger-looking skin, that will better absorb your sunscreen and tan more evenly.

It’s perfect for helping to control rosacea in time for your next summer holiday, and, with the right aftercare, can provide outstanding results to manage your rosacea symptoms long-term.

It prevents holiday break-outs from eating – and drinking! – too much and can be combined with an acne protocol to control acne by fighting all causes and symptoms.

The treatment lasts around ten minutes or less – a perfect little luxury to indulge in on your lunch break before your next sunny getaway.

Your skin will be cleansed, refreshed, brighter, incredibly smooth and soft to the touch, making it the ideal treatment prior to a garden party, holiday or a summers evening ‘get together’.

EnerPeel MA

Your ticket to gorgeous, glowing, summer skin

In short, it’s the perfect all-around chemical peel for summer, to give your skin that extra holiday glow, and that’s only after one treatment! A course of up to four treatments will also offer you the outstanding anti-ageing benefits of using MA, increasing collagen and elastin deposition, smoothing fine lines and tightening skin.

The EnerPeel® range is available from SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country; to find your nearest clinic or for any further information, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, and a member of our dedicated clinical team will be able to point you in the right direction.

Richard’s Story

We at SkinMed® understand the difference it can make when you find a product that really works, and try to assure everyone on their journey to clear skin that we are with them all the way.

Sometimes though, we hear a story that’s too good not to share…

Rosacea 3 Product Set

“I just wanted to give some feedback on the Rosacure® products that I purchased from you recently.  I started using your products soon after I received M22 Laser treatments to reduce facial redness and visible facial veins. I noticed great results. For once in my life, I was starting to look pale and not the red-pink colour that I’d learnt to live with.

I was over the moon!

“I was then swayed to try another company’s products that were 3 times the price of yours, as I thought that it was possibly the M22 laser that had improved my skin redness, and not your products.

Too cheap to be effective

“I was about 1 week into ditching the remaining bits of your products in favour of my new £100 creams that I noticed the redness coming back along with a shiny face! Luckily I hadn’t thrown your products away. I started using them again and the redness started to fade again. 

I was fooled into thinking that the more you pay, the better the product. That may be the case with most things in life but you can’t go far wrong with Rosacure!!

You too could achieve life-changing results like Richard by using Rosacure® twice a day, every day – to start your journey to clear skin, click here

We at SkinMed® recommend our Rosacure® range, as it is clinically proven, medically tested and has incredible 75% success rates, even amongst difficult to treat patients. We even have a 100% money back guarantee on our products, because we appreciate how important it is for you to know that we understand what you’re going through and that we are here to guide you through your journey to achieving clear, smooth, beautiful skin.

To learn more about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

Fall in Love with Your Skin Again

Valentine’s Day is almost here and it’s time we all found true love – in our skin. Your skin is the biggest organ you have, and the key to keeping your skin happy is to form a healthy, loving relationship so your skin can love you back.

This #SkinTheKnow, think of us as your personal love guru, as we give our best advice on how to get the most out of this very important relationship and start your true love skin story Valentine’s day.

Here’s our advice for a happy love life – be it with your skin, your significant other, or even just yourself:

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1: Communication is key

It sounds obvious, and it’s always the first piece of advice that a person will give you about any kind of relationship, but that’s only because it is so important. Just like when your partner is in a bad mood, whether it’s by giving you the silent treatment or something more vocal, your skin is sure to tell you when it’s unhappy – you just have to know how to listen.

After all, it’s difficult to be happy when you know your skin isn’t.

Understanding what your skin is trying to tell you, what can upset it and what it needs to be happy is the first stage to getting the best from your skin and forming a long-lasting happy relationship. Signs that something may have upset your skin could be:

– an outbreak of spots, pimples or blackheads out of the blue

– a flare-up of red, inflamed or sensitive skin, maybe even with a stinging, burning sensation

– skin that suddenly turns dry, cracked or flaky leaving it damaged and sore

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What is your skin trying to tell you?

2: Honesty is the best policy

Once you’ve got the communication side of the relationship down, it’s time to be honest with yourself about how your actions can affect your skin. While being happily in love is a game of give and take, and putting yourself first is important every once in a while, when you’re in a healthy relationship with your skin, putting your skin’s needs first is often what’s best for you as well.

Things that disagree with you on the inside tend to show themselves on your skin, so if you notice there’s a certain food, drink or activity that causes your skin to react badly, it may be time to start thinking honestly about whether its really all that good for you, or if there’s something more you could be doing to ensure you don’t harm your skin.

It’s all about being honest with yourself about what your body can and can’t take, and making healthier choices for your skin.

Rosacure contains key ingredients to help build up your skin’s tolerance to triggers, making you less susceptible to flushing episodes


Clear skin starts from within

3: Love and be loved in return

Good, healthy relationships are a two-way street, and looking after your skin shouldn’t be a chore or something done out of necessity when you’d rather be doing something else. Even if it does mean a few sacrifices – be it waking up ten minutes earlier to make sure you fully complete your skin routine or cutting back on certain foods – taking the time to do what’is best for you and your skin should feel rewarding.

When you know what your skin needs and you base your daily routine around that, you’ll give your skin the chance to love you back. in return, getting your skin into a healthier state means you can push the boat out every once in a while, and your skin won’t suffer for it the way it used to


Your journey to healthy, happy skin starts here

There you have it, three easy steps to strengthen the relationship you have with your skin and keep it healthy and happy.

Acne TripleLock® and Rosacea TripleLock® are clinically proven skin solutions, and unlike cosmetic brands, they are medically licensed in the treatment of acne and rosacea, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here, to learn about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here.

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 – Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

What Your Skin Is Trying to Tell You this Winter…

Why does you acne get worse in Winter?

For some, the Autumnal months are considered some of the most beautiful and scenic of the year, the landscape littered with beautiful orange and red leaves and the chance to wear your favourite snuggly jumpers that have been left in the cupboard all summer. Most of us  are reaching for the central heating thermostat or gathering a heap of logs for the fire – in short, summer’s definitely been and gone.

But the cold weather can affect more than just your clothes…

Some of you are probably thinking “Why does my skin get worse during winter?” as the drop in temperature starts to take effect. While everyone’s skin is different, there are some common causes that are usually at the root of people’s winter skin troubles, particularly those who suffer from acne.

With central heating switching on, your sebaceous glands will respond and oil production will increase. The cooler temperatures mean you’ll be wrapping up against the cold weather to keep warm, and houses nowadays are much more energy efficient than they used to be and are often hermetically sealed to keep the heat in. This means that the air indoors becomes stale much more quickly.

The result is that there is less oxygen available when you spend time indoors, but also less oxygen getting to your skin through thicker clothes when you go outside, providing a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria to colonise your skin. Combining increased oil production with acne bacteria breeding more easily and you have a recipe for exacerbated acne symptoms and acne becoming even harder to treat.

Winter Clothing

Wrapping up in winter clothing deprives your skin of oxygen, creating an environment for acne to thriveThe solution:

So how do we get the best from our skin this winter without freezing?

For those with acne, winter can be the worse time of year; to combat this, we recommend our all-encompassing acne protocol.

Months of research and decades of skin experience has led to the creation of a revolutionary acne treatment targeting all underlying causes of acne; we call it TripleLock®.

Acne TripleLock

our all-encompassing acne solution can be found here

 

Step 1: Cleanse

Aknicare® Cleanser exfoliates and reduces bacterial levels, deeply cleaning the skin, removing debris and surface oil. If you have younger or more delicate skin, consider the Aknicare® Gentle Cleansing Gel, which calms angry skin while gently cleansing and toning with non-irritating ingredients

Step 2: Treat

Aknicare® Lotion is the main active acne-reducing solution, dramatically reducing oil production and skin thickening, controlling bacteria and inflammation to ensure spots just don’t happen.

Aknicare® Cream helps to change the skin from within to cure acne and stop spots. It has immense hydrating properties and provides an alternate moisture barrier, to reduce oil production, skin thickening and stopping new spots appearing. Aknicare® Cream also contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents.

Synchrovit® Face is rapid acting Retinol A containing cream which helps normalise cell production and reduces the risk of blockages. Synchrovit® A/E should be used after Aknicare® Lotion and before Aknicare® Cream.

Step 3: Protect

Hydratime® and Nutritime® provide the whole range of 9 ceramides which counteracts the hormonally induced loss of lipids and oils that cause increased Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), triggering the skin thickening process that blocks hair follicle ducts. Replenishing these is critical in controlling skin water loss.

In conclusion…

There you have it; not only understanding how winter can affect you acne but, more importantly, what to do about it!

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

Contact Us:

Phone: 0333 247 2474 – Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Live Chat: www.theskinmedshop.com