Acne management

London, UK. August 2, 2015

Acne vulgaris is the most common dermatologic disorder, affecting 40 to 50 million individuals of all races and ethnicities. It affects both teenagers and adults. Acne vulgaris is a multifactorial disease that is hormonally mediated and genetically controlled. In acne different pathogenetic factors contribute to the inflammation process, defect in keratinisation, increased sebaceous gland activity and increased colonization of Propionibacterium acnes.

Acne is a common disorder in which hair follicles located on the inside of a pore become clogged and form small lesions on the surface of skin. When sebaceous glands become overactive and produce too much oil, it creates a blockage. Then dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells and other debris accumulate on top of the plug, forming a comedone.

Perhaps most frustrating about acne is that its causes and triggers are often complicated, making it tricky to treat. Patient compliance plays a substantial role in the effective treatment of acne vulgaris and alleviation of cosmetic and psychosocial concerns in patients. Patients must be educated about the causes of acne, the medications prescribed, the period to see treatment results, and the need for long-term maintenance therapy. From a mild blemish or two to severe all-over acne, this common skin condition affects everyone in a different way.

Thankfully, by understanding the different types, causes and triggers of acne, one can learn how to more effectively treat and prevent breakouts for a clearer, healthier and more confident complexion. There are many different ways to treat acne. The most effective treatments target the triggers of acne and function to:

  • Regulate sebum production and secretion (anti-seborrheic active ingredients).
  • Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and encourage cell turnover. Promote gentle skin desquamation to unclog blocked sebaceous follicles and prevent their repeated obstruction (Keratolytic active ingredients)
  • Limit the proliferation of the bacteria Propionibacterium. Acnes responsible for acne appearance (antimicrobial, bactericidal, fungicidal and anti-inflammatory active ingredients).
  • Remove scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation by the renewal of the epidermis and the recovery of damaged tissues (regenerating and antioxidant active ingredients).
  • Reduce redness, swelling and inflammation, soothing and protecting the skin during acne treatment and healing damaging cells (calming and anti-inflammatory active ingredients)

Anyone who has ever suffered from acne knows that it does not just affect his or her appearance; troubled skin can be a blow to self-esteem as well. Only by combining the most effective anti-seborrheic, keratolytic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, calming, antioxidant and regenerating ingredients, we can win the battle against acne.

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