What is Acne?
Most of us will suffer from acne at some point in our lives. Usually in our teenage years, but it is quite common for it to persist into adult life. It varies in severity from a few spots on the face, back and chest, to a more serious problem that can be embarrassing, sap self-confidence and cause permanent scarring. Acne affects 9.4% of the world’s population – that’s 650 million people – so if you are a sufferer, you are not alone!
What Causes Acne?
The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of acne sufferers are particularly sensitive to levels of the hormone testosterone – leading to excess oil production. Concurrently, dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles.
Effective Skincare Treatments - Cleanse, Moisturise and Protect Skin
The most effective way to treat acne is to remove excess oil, unclog pores and maintain the oil and water balance of your skin. Avoid squeezing spots which can exacerbate the situation and even cause permanent scarring.
Cleanse your skin twice a daily using a hypoallergenic facial cleanser. Avoid standard soaps and detergents which can dry out skin. After cleansing use a light, hypoallergenic facial moisturiser. This both nourishes and protect your skin, helping it to heal more quickly without irritation.
Although not specifically developed as an acne treatment, FIT Moisturising Ultra Serum is hypoallergenic and can help acne control. We have numerous testimonials affirming its significant benefits when used to control both acne and rosacea due to the hypoallergenic formulation.
Diet and Acne
What you put into your body can have a huge effect on your skin. If you suffer from acne skincare experts recommended that you:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Eat a diet containing plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meat and fish.
- Avoid alcohol, chocolate, sugar, caffeine and carbonated sugary drinks.
And of course, if you notice that spots increase after you eat certain things, avoid eating them!
Can Acne Be Cured?
At present there is no 100% effective cure for acne, although there are treatments available that can be very effective in reducing the formation of new spots and reducing scarring.
If after a 3 months regime of a healthy diet, cleansing and moisturising your skin does not improve significantly please consult a doctor. They may be able to prescribe medicines that help to keep your acne under control.
Minimising the appearance of Acne Scarring
If you are left with scaring as a result of your acne dermatologists recommend that you apply a high SPF sunscreen daily, FIT Sun Protect Serum for example, as using sunscreen will keep any scars from getting darker and eventually they should fade.
New to the market is FIT Flaw-Less a breakthrough blemish repair serum. It is formulated using borage and safflower oil to correct uneven skin tones. The ultra light serum hydrates, moisturises and reduces inflammation, minimising the appearance of scars & stretch marks.
There are more invasive scarring treatments available such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments. For more information on these procedures consult a professional dermatologist.