There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding acne – its causes and its treatments. Whilst skincare solutions for acne prone skin have come on leaps and bounds in the 21st century, many people – of all ages – still suffer from painful breakouts and unsightly lesions.
However we refer to the symptoms of acne – spots, pimples, cysts, lesions, blackheads, whiteheads, blocked pores, congestion, papules, pustules, nodules or any other terminology – acne is a frustrating skin condition that can also cause psychological effects such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and reduced self-confidence.
So, what is acne?
- Acne affects a huge percentage of the UK population
- 80% of 12 – 24 year olds have suffered from acne
- 8% of adults between 24 and 35 have been plagued by this skin condition too
- And 3% of 35 – 44 year olds have been found to be victims of adult acne
- Acne is primarily caused by hormones – NOT dirty skin!
- As our statistics above prove, acne doesn’t only affect people in their adolescent years – it can affect people of all ages, both men and women
- Acne is NOT caused by poor hygiene – often those who suffer from acne will cleanse their skin more than most
- Acne is NOT contagious! Come on – it’s 2021 – surely, we don’t believe that one anymore…
- Acne doesn’t only appear on the face – it can appear on the neck, chest, back and other parts of the body
- There isn’t any scientific research to prove that diet can affect acne, however some people find that certain foods can exacerbate their symptoms, especially fatty foods, foods that are high in sugar or dairy products.
Acne is primarily caused by hormones, specifically the androgen hormone that is stimulated during puberty. Whilst this makes acne more common in the teenage years, these hormonal imbalances can happen at any age. Sometimes factors such as pregnancy, contraceptive medication or the menopause can prompt significant changes to skin types and skin health.
Acne is essentially an inflammatory skin disease that affects the pilosebaceous gland. It presents itself in varying degrees of severity and in some cases, it can leave scarring on the skin. Aside from the inflammatory lesions that can look sore and angry, skin also becomes congested, with blocked pores and blackheads. A common side effect of acne is picking, which only makes the condition worse, increasing the levels of bacteria on the skin and increasing the chance of scars.
For acne to be officially diagnosed, there are 4 indicators that must be confirmed.
- There must be an increase in sebum
- There must be an increase in cell turnover
- There must be a build-up of Propionibacterium (P-Acne)
- There must be visible inflammation of the skin
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, acne can then be categorised into 4 stages from mild to severe.
The great news is that acne is a highly treatable condition thanks to extensive research over recent years. From professional treatments to home care solutions, the appearance of acne can be dramatically improved with the help of the right skincare regime. Medication can also be offered by your GP if your acne is severe.
When there are so many products to choose from and so many claims of ‘clear skin’ it can be hard for consumers to know where to turn. However, even young consumers are incredibly discerning these days, expecting value for money and results when promised, ensuring those companies who state claims about improving skin health and appearance are held accountable.
98% of acne sufferers will discontinue the use of their acne products or treatment if an improvement isn’t seen within 4 weeks.
Sadly, the constant switching and changing of skincare products can make the situation worse, angering the skin further, so it’s important to do your research and choose your preferred skincare solution wisely.
Step 1 – Take control of your Skincare….
Thanks to the extensive research carried out by scientists, researchers and dermatologists at DermaQuest UK, on their quest to offer acne sufferers a proven solution, their professional skincare products do deliver results. FACT!
If you’re suffering from grade 1 – 3 acne, DermaQuest’s Acne Management home care products can help. Cleverly formulated with powerful ingredients, DermaQuest’s DermaClear range will deliver the results you’ve been searching for.
Specialist DermaClear products include cleansers, pads, moisturisers, SPFs, serums, spot treatments and masks, which work together to form an army to fight back at the causes, symptoms and side-effects of acne. Products work to cleanse, heal, calm and protect the skin whilst preventing further breakouts.
Comprising scientifically researched ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Glycolic Acid and Mandelic Acid skin is cleansed, exfoliated and calmed. Add to that the healing powers of Allantoin, Silver and MSM to name but a few, and you’ll see your skin start to respond to these award-winning products.
Not forgetting Plant Stem Cells (DermaQuest’s specialty) and a raft of Vitamins including Vitamin A and B3, and you skin will be nourished and nurtured to look and feel clearer and healthier.
Step 2 – Take it to the next level…
Adding a professional treatment course to your home care products is a great way to speed up and improve results. Your skincare therapist can guide you through your treatment options, tailoring a programme that is bespoke to your skin type, condition and preferences.
It’s important to remember that some treatments work best when delivered as a mapped-out programme (a bit like a fitness programme at the gym, that will offer more improvement over time).
DermaQuest offers a range of professional treatment solutions from resurfacing facials to chemical skin peels. Often the words ‘acid’ or ‘chemical peel’ can sound daunting and off-putting, but they are in fact perfectly safe, delivering incredible results. Post-treatment, you will see an improvement in skin tone and texture, with a reduction in acne symptoms.
So, if you’ve had enough of your acne – it’s time to trust the experts. Don’t opt for a cheaper, off the shelf solution that will end up in the bin – work with a professional skincare brand that specialises in the improvement of skin health.
Join our quest to fight back at acne and embrace beautiful skin once again….
Acne Management Kit£79.00
clear and control breakouts using the powerful combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids to purify and exfoliate, while reducing the pore-clogging oils that can cause future blemishes. crafted to hydrate the skin while keeping your complexion balanced and beautiful, these oil-free blends harness the anti-inflammatory power of lilac plant stem cells and other botanicals, leaving skin calm, clear and shine free for hours.
dermaclear cleanser (2 fl oz / 59.1 ml)
b5 moisture matte (0.5 fl oz / 14.8 ml)
dermaclear serum (0.5 fl oz / 14.8 ml)
SheerZinc SPF30 (1 oz / 28.3 g)