the word conjures up images of teenagers whose turbulent hormones are causing their skin to be swollen and sore, but it isn’t just young people who struggle. Acne can happen at any time in life. Stress, medication, a less than perfect lifestyle and genetics can all contribute to this uncomfortable condition.
What Causes Acne?
If the skin starts to produce too much sebum (the oily substance that the skin produces to moisturise and waterproof itself), it starts to block pores. Those blockages lead to swelling, irritation and infection – what we call acne. Our skin is usually home to friendly bacteria that help keep our skin safe, but when our skin’s natural protection is out of balance, more harmful varieties can make a home there, leading to painful pustules, or spots.
What Can Be Done?
Chemists’ shelves are stocked with products that claim to do something about acne, but most of these products are very harsh to the skin. They strip away the sebum, and this can lead to the skin becoming very dry and irritated and actually cause the body to produce more sebum to compensate. If acne is particularly bad, a GP may prescribe medication, but as with all drug treatments, these can have unpleasant side effects.
Is There an Alternative?
The good news is that there is a much more natural way to deal with acne. In much the same way that probiotic solutions are helping people with their digestion, probiotic skincare products can help re-balance the skin. Although these products may take a little longer to show a result, recent studies have found that they provide excellent results with the bonus of not having unpleasant side effects.
A good probiotic skincare routine starts with ACNE Skin Care Treatments, Face Wash, Probiotic Facial Cleansers. As with all skincare routines, starting with a good cleanser to remove dirt and impurities from your skin is important, and these probiotic cleansers will do it without stripping the skin of that all-important sebum.
People with acne are often a bit wary of using moisturiser for their skin, but actually this is a really important step. A probiotic moisturiser will help to keep the skin hydrated and protect it without making it feel greasy. If you really don’t like moisturisers, then serum-type products can give the same benefits in an easy to absorb form.
It’s important to give any new skincare routine time to work – the skin on your face gets replaced about every 28 days, so it can take up to four weeks to see a visible result.
Supporting Your Skincare
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it reflects what’s happening on the inside. If you want your skin to look better, you have to take better care of yourself too. Things like getting more sleep, drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet can all help to influence your skin. Taking Omega 3 supplements has been shown to help slow sebum production. And make sure that what touches your face is clean too – that includes flannels, make-up brushes and your mobile phone.
Acne can have a real impact on quality of life, but with new probiotic products you can see real improvements without harsh treatments and unpleasant side effects.