Let’s talk about acne first
Acne is the most common skin disorder affecting millions of people. Almost 85% of all people develop acne at some point in their lives. Acne can present as comedones, papules, pustules, and cysts. It most commonly develops on areas which contain a lot of sebaceous (oil) glands like the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Acne usually begins at puberty, but adults can also get it. It affects about 25% of men and 50% of women at some point in their adult lives. It is most common in perimenopausal women.
PHYSIOLOGICAL FACTORS THAT CAUSE ACNE:
- Blockage of skin pores by dead skin cells
- Overproduction of sebum/oil
- A proliferation of acne bacteria and consequent inflammation.
CAUSES OF ACNE
- Hormone fluctuations: Mostly effect women but men also experience hormonal imbalance at puberty. For women, hormonal imbalance occurs at puberty, PMS every month, pregnancy, switching or stopping birth control pills and menopause
- Stress: Stress increases levels of cortisol levels, a hormone that affects androgen levels (e.g. testosterone). These hormones stimulate oil glands in the skin, which can result in acne.
- Skin care products: Many skin care products can clog pores or trigger breakouts. If you have acne, look for products labeled “non-comedogenic” (won’t clog pores) or non-acnegenic (won’t cause breakouts).
- Hair products: Certain gels, pomades, and hairsprays can lead to clogged pores, skin inflammation, and acne on the forehead and temples. Ingredients like petroleum, silicones and mineral oil could be the cause.
- Family history: Thanks to genetics, some people are just more likely to get adult acne than others.
- Medication related: Acne can be a side effect of some medications. If you are concerned your acne is related to a medication, talk to the physician who prescribed it (don’t stop taking the medication without the advice of a physician).
- Underlying medical condition: Acne can be a sign of an underlying medical condition affecting hormones. The acne often clears after the medical condition is treated.
- Diet: It’s a very controversial topic. There have been many studies done which show that diet has nothing to do with acne. But everyone has a different response to different triggers. You might be someone who gets breakouts by eating a specific food. Let us know in the comment below if there are any specific foods that make you
TYPES OF ACNE
- Non-inflammatory Acne: When skin pores get clogged by sebum and dead skin cells, does not cause any inflammation or redness.
- Inflammatory Acne: When hair follicles are blocked by sebum and skin cells, the follicular wall is under pressure. If the pressure is great enough, then the follicle wall will break and the contents will spread into the surrounding skin. When your immune system responds to this bacteria and sebum, inflammatory acne occurs. The degree of inflammation determines the size and redness of an acne lesion.
ASPIRIN ALLERGY ALERT
If you have an aspirin allergy, please make sure to let your skin specialist know about it; because all the products to treat acne contain Salicylic acid which is the same chemical composition as aspirin. It can cause an anaphylactic reaction if you use salicylic acid based products with an aspirin allergy.
ALTERNATIVES OF SALICYLIC ACID
The alternative ingredient of salicylic acid is OLIGOPEPTIDE-10.
It works almost the same as salicylic acid but has a slightly different chemical composition which protects it from our body’s own immune system and does not cause any allergic reaction. It helps to improve the appearance of blemish-prone skin.
The 2nd ingredient that aspirin allergic people can use is BENZOYL PEROXIDE.
It works by decreasing the number of acne-causing bacteria. This ingredient is only meant for SPOT TREATMENT. It can make your skin dry and flake so make sure to use a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Please, don’t buy any retail store moisturizers because a wrong moisturizer can clog the pores and make the acne even worst. Talk to your skin care specialist about the best moisturizer option for your specific skin type and skin condition.
This is why we love AlumierMD so
- Firstly, its a medical grade skin care line formulated by doctors.
- Secondly, they have products to treat acne for every skin type and skin condition including aspirin allergic clients as well
AlumierMD acne products are formulated with adult acne in mind because adults are also concerned:
- visible signs of ageing like fine lines
- uneven skin tone
We combine naturally powerful yet gentle anti-acne ingredients with effective anti-aging ingredients to reveal clearer and younger-looking skin. Anti-aging peptides firm and strengthen the skin, and antioxidants quench free radicals from UV rays and pollution.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ACNE
Skin care products and treatments are recommended after a thorough skin analysis by a UV lamp examination. Every skin is different so the treatment options and products will be different for each individual.
Here are some treatment options we provide to treat acne:
All these treatments work best with home care products because home care and professional treatments work synergistically to improve the health and beauty of skin.
- BHA chemical peel
- AlumierMD Glow
- Glycolic Acid
- High Frequency
- Blue LED Light Therapy
- AlumierMD AHA Duo peel for Aspirin allergic clients
Book an appointment today and let our skin care specialist, Anjum, choose the right products and treatment plan for you to help you get the best healthy glowing skin.