Understanding Acne

Understanding Acne

What is acne, and how is it formed?

When hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, non-inflammatory acne occurs. Also known as comedones, this type of acne is typically known as blackheads and whiteheads.

A blackhead is an open comedo, meaning the clogged pore is open to the surface of the skin, and the air has oxidized the inside of it, turning it black. A whitehead is a closed comedo, meaning the dead skin and sebum are not exposed but trapped within the skin.

If bacteria is present on the skin, it can combine with the dead cells and oil and cause an infection, causing inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne mainly consists of papules and pustules. Papules are red and hard, while pustules usually have a white head that’s surrounded by red, irritated skin.

What causes acne?

Genetics - Those with a family history of acne are more prone to breakouts,

Hormones - High levels of androgens can lead to acne. Acne is common in teenagers and pregnant women because of the fluctuating hormones present in the bodies.

Environment - Pollution can make acne much worse.

Lifestyle - Dietary choices, comedogenic cosmetic products, stress, consistent contact with dirty hands, sheets or towels all can lead to acne.

How to get rid of acne?

Generally, non-inflammatory acne is responsive to topical anti-acne medication. The key is to unclog pores and prevent bacteria from infiltrating them. After using a gentle cleanser, you can use salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid for a deeper cleanse. Use a topical retinoid such as retinol to exfoliate, then apply an antibacterial solution like clindamycin phosphate to prevent bacterial infection. For big, swollen pimples, you may apply a concentrated spot treatment containing benzoyl peroxide. Another preventive approach is to take supplements that regulate the function of the sebaceous gland, of which a prescription is needed from our dermatologists.

Dermatological pimple treatment

Expert pimple treatment is one of the best and safest ways to remove acne.

Other tips:
Avoid sugar, which can worsen acne.
Manage stress, which can increase cortisol level, which aggravates overproduction of natural oil in the skin.
Avoid using comedogenic makeup, which can clog pores.
Avoid picking at acne lesions. Hands are not sterile, and picking would introduce acne-causing bacteria.
Make sure water is clean.

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Skintrends’ attendants have the longest and most comprehensive training in pimple treatment in the industry of aesthetic medicine in the Philippines. With their light and steady hands, they are able prick blackheads and whiteheads without causing trauma to the skin. Their exceptional treatment technique even induces collagen production, which boosts healing and prevents scarring. Skintrends Acne Free System is the only pimple treatment program in the country that guarantees beautiful pimple-free skin in as little as 6 weeks.

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