There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding acne – it’s causes and it’s 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, papule, 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.
The facts about acne?
If you’ve ever suffered from acne or you’re currently suffering from acne you’ll know how incredibly frustrating it can be. Acne affects a massive portion of the UK population:
- 80% of 12-14 year olds have suffered from acne
- 8% of adults between 24 and 35 years old and 3% of adults between 35-44 years old have been victims of adult acne.
The best thing to know is that acne is primarily caused by hormones, NOT dirty Skin!
Results achieved using: Dermaclear Cleanser; Delicate Soothing Serum; DermaClear Spot Treatment; SheerZinc SPF 30
Results achieved using: DermaClear BHA Cleanser; Essential B5 Hydrating Serum, DermaClear Mask, DermaClear Serum
Professional Treatment: Modified Jessner's Peel
The myths about acne?
As our statistics 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 the 21st Century 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.
So what is acne?
Acne manifests itself in a variety of unsightly lesions on the face and sometimes on the body. Lesions can include macula’s, papule, pustules, nodules and cysts – all more commonly known as spots! Certain lesions can cause varying degrees of scarring. Acne prone skin can also become congested, resulting in blackheads and blocked pores.
Acne is essentially an inflammatory skin disease that affects the pill-sebacious gland. For acne to be officially diagnosed there are 4 indicators that have to be confirmed:
- Evidence of increased Sebum
- An increase in cell turnover
- A buildup of Propionibacterium (P-Acne)
- Inflammation of the skin
Acne can be graded into 4 categories from mild to severe.
Acne is primarily caused by hormones, specifically the androgen hormone that is stimulated during puberty. This is why acne can be more common in the adolescent years, but the hormonal changes that cause acne can happen at any age. The imbalance of the androgen hormone can also be caused by stress, the contraceptive pill, pregnancy, the menopause and certain medications.
Sadly, acne can have a knock-on psychological effect such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. It is a frustrating concern that many people find embarrassing and difficult to tackle effectively.
It is important to know that, at this point, acne is highly treatable with the appropriate professional skincare products and treatments. All hope is not lost, acne can be beaten!
Due to the prevalence of acne as a skin concern, scientists, chemists, and dermatologists have spent years trying to devise products and treatments that calm and cure this inflammatory skin disease. 98% of dermatologists say that acne sufferers will discontinue their treatment if they don’t see an improvement within 4 weeks.
There are numerous off the shelf and over the counter ‘spot zapping’ and ‘skin clearing’ products available, all marketed to show impressive results. This in itself is an issue that can add to people’s frustration and suffering when trying to combat acne. Switching from one unsuccessful solution to the next can anger the skin and cause further imbalances and damage. If you suffer with severe grade 4 acne you would need to seek treatment from a dermatologist. If, however your acne is between grade 1 and grade 3, DermaQuest’s professional skincare products and treatments can help!
Results achieved using: Essential Daily Cleanser; Advanced B5 Hydrating Serum; DermaClear Mask; Essential Daily Moisturiser; DermaClear BHA Cleanser; SheerZinc SPF 30
Professional Treatments: Sensitive Salicylic; Primary Pumpkin; Power Pumpkin
Understanding DermaQuest’s answer to acne
We appreciate is you’re an acne sufferer you may have lost all faith in products and treatments that offer solutions to this infuriating skin concern. That’s why we want to take the time to explain exactly how DermaQuest’s range of products specifically work to tackle acne …
Results achieved using: Essential Daily Cleanser; Advanced B5 Hydrating Serum; Stem Cell Rebuilding Complex; DermaClear Pads
DermaQuest’s philosophy and use of high quality performance ingredients are unique in the beauty industry.
As an organisation we are immensely proud of the quality of our ingredients and in-depth research. Our winning approach has resulted in exceptional skincare ranges that benefit all skin types and skin concerns, from acne to ageing and dehydration to pigmentation.
The acne solution you’ve been waiting for!
SheerZinc SPF 30
An essential oil free SPF that protects, soothes and calms. It also offers optimum environmental protection whilst creating an occlusive barrier from further irritation and environmental damage.
A gentle daily antibacterial exfoliator that helps stabilise oil control without dehydrating your skin. Anti-bacterial to ensure your skin remains clean.
B5 Moisture Matte
A hydrator that contains Dermaquest’s Evermat key ingredient which absorbs excess oil. Works to control oil production while increasing cell turnover and optimising skin hydration, ensuring maximum skin repair.
A perfect nighttime serum that stimulates cell growth to reveal a brighter complexion. It ensures maximum skin health by preventing a buildup of oil and dead cells in the pores that cause congestion. It also reduces sebum production whilst soothing inflammation and redness.
For a more intensive attack on acne, ideally suited to the higher grades of the condition, DermaQuest offers a range of chemical peels and resurfacers. From intensive chemical peels to less invasive resurfacing treatments, DermaQuest has a solution that can be tailored to your needs!
The Modified Jessner’s Peel has been specifically designed to work in the deeper layers of the skin, suited to thicker, more resilient skin with persistent breakouts and blockages. Utilising a variety of the winning ingredients already mentioned, the Modified Jessner’s Peel also contains 14% Resorcinol which destroys the P-Acne bacteria in the skin. This revitalising treatment leaves the skin instantly smoother and less inflamed. If you’re considering a skin peel or resurfacing treatment your DermaQuest skincare professional can advise you regarding the best treatment plan. Often it is beneficial to start with a more introductory treatment such as the Primary or Power Resurfacer.
These treatments are less invasive and include Pumpkin Pulp, as well as many other acids to increase exfoliation and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and other acne symptoms.