Problem skin and acne blights many a person’s life and it is a condition that we see much of in our salon. Contrary to popular belief it isn’t a condition that affects only teenagers but also many adults too suffer with this debilitating condition. It is believed that as much as ¾ of people between the ages of 11 – 30 will have acne at some point in this period.
The skin which is the largest organ of the body is designed to protect us and our inner organs. Because it is the outer organ, it is the most visible and therefore when the skin is compromised it affects us both physically and mentally. The anxiety caused by the appearance of problem skin can overwhelm an individual and many resort to medication in an attempt to find a cure. Understanding how our skin works and how problem skin develops is the first step anyone with this issue needs to address.
How Do Spots Occur On Our skin?
Human skin has tiny holes in it called pores. These are connected to sebaceous glands which produce oil (sebum). This oily fluid carries dead skin cells up to the surface of the skin, and when they become blocked, spots occur that cause a blockage of oil under the skin.
Propionibacterium acnes is a type of bacteria that lives in the skin. There are different strains of the P.acnes bacteria and these can aggravate an immune response that cause acne.
What Causes Acne?
There is no definitive answer and there could be one cause or a variety of causes.
Environmental factors can contribute, so it is important to look at this when we perform a consultation. We need to know the conditions that you are faced with every day so that we can address this if necessary. Links have now been made between acne and a high GI diet (high in carbs and sugar). Consumption of dairy products has also been shown to have a direct effect on acne.
Hormones are also believed to be a contributing factor, particularly a rise in the Androgen levels. This can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, producing more oil, breaking down the skin cell wall within the pores and causing a rise in bacteria.
You will find that most make-up on the market today will have a high chemical content. These chemicals can aggravate the skin and block the pores.
Genetic factors can also contribute as can some medications.
Can Acne Be Cured?
In regards to treatment, at this time no-one can claim to cure acne! But we can give it a helping hand. By completing a thorough consultation, looking at all the factors that may be contributing to the condition, we can make recommendations based on our findings.
What Can Be Done To Help Treat Acne?
Vitamin A is known to be successful with helping with this condition. Most medications prescribed by the doctors are formed from Vitamin A (Retin A) Unfortunately, whilst they can be highly successful, they have a myriad of side effects, including making the skin super sensitive and play havoc with our mental health.
Environ products contain the highest form of Vitamin A that you can find in a cream before going onto medications. This form of the vitamin is a form that is naturally found in the body, but when absorbed into the skin converts to Retin A, but without any of the harmful side effects! This has got to be a winner.
Feeding the skin from the inside is equally important and this is where we can approach it with Skin Accumax from the Advanced Nutrition Programme. Containing a patented mix of Vitamin A and DIM (a nutrient found in Broccolli), clinical trials have been carried out which demonstrate the success of this supplement.
Mild skin peels using the Environ Cool Peel System, really help to sterilise the skin and again has huge benefits. This can be carried out as a salon treatment, but also used at home to continue its effects.
It can also be worth looking at food intolerances, and we can guide you towards tests that can show you which foods you are intolerant to, and then this can help with making some lifestyle changes.
What Can We Do To Help?
You are welcome to come in for a consultation in our Brighton salon so that we can help you put a plan of action into place based on your personal needs.