There are two categories of acne:
1. INFLAMMATORY LESIONS: Papules, pustules and cysts: visible red pimples and inflammation
2. NON-INFLAMMATORY LESIONS: blackheads and whiteheads
The body must be in good health to prevent acne from manifesting and thriving.
Environment, poor nutrition, illness, stress, insomnia, and hormonal activity are all triggers that can cause hyperactive sebaceous (and sometimes sweat) gland activity, poor elimination of dead skin cells and, mixed with the normal bacteria on your skin, an imbalance leading to pimples – the first sign of acne.
Acne can be eliminated by restoring the skin’s pH balance with a regular and thorough skin cleansing and hydration routine, optimising internal health through diet and bio-available (as opposed to chemical-based) supplementation, and professional treatments such as: Oxygen facials, Omnilux LED, micro-needling, laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion.
Nothing can equal the results from a professional diagnosis and treatment plan, but here’s what you can do at home to help:
- Never, ever pick your pimples because the skin is fragile and will easily scar
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cleanse and hydrate your face at least twice daily
- Avoid touching your face
- Clean your phones and computer keyboard daily with an antibacterial wipe
- Check the quality of your cosmetics: some are comedogenic
- D and C colours added to makeup are comedogenic
- Do not use skin care products that have been open for a year or more
- Do not use alcohol
- Change your pillow case daily (or cover it with a towel and change that daily)
- Avoid dust
- Avoid touching bathroom counter tops & taps
- Avoid stress (yoga, massage and meditation can help)
- Drink at least 2 litres of water per day (more in summer)
- Reduce your consumption of dairy products, including cheese, and processed foods
- Eliminate sugar
- Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks
- Take a quality Omega 3, 6 & 9 fish oil supplement
- Increase foods rich in Vitamin B complex and zinc if your acne is hormonal imbalance
NOTE: It is a common belief that acne is the result of an oily skin, however acneic skin is delicate, sensitive and dry.
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