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Thought you have put your acne days behind you? Think again. Acne Vulgaris is a common skin disease and is increasingly seen in adult women. Traditionally, adult female acne is defined as acne in women over 25 years of age. This can be broadly divided into persistent acne, new-onset cases, or recurrent disease:
- Persistent acne represents disease that first started in adolescence and continues into adulthood
- New onset acne is present for the first time in adulthood
- And finally, recurrent disease refers to acne that is present in adolescence, clears for a variable amount of time, then returns unexpectedly in adulthood.
While the jury is still out on why breakouts are on the rise, there’s one thing women can do - is to put up a good fight with these 5 proven ways to tackle stubborn zits.
“We are what we eat”; and this can’t be any further away from the truth when it comes to the status of your skin health, with what we eat having a direct impact on the way we look. If you’re constantly noshing on processed foods or those high in sugar and fat, the adversity doesn’t end with just an expanding waistline. Dietary indiscretions can affect the pH balance of your skin, messes up the immune system and exacerbates skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. According to Los Angeles–based nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, you can actually get better skin in just a week through consuming key natural ingredients. For great-looking, blemish free skin that glows, it is important to adopt an all-rounded healthy diet that’s focused on lean proteins, fibre, healthy fats, raw fruits and super-greens. The high-quality amino acids consumed form the basic building blocks for firming up skin cells, with antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients mopping up harmful free radicals to protect against environmental stressors and boosting skin metabolism for optimal skin health.
Don’t Skip Your Moisturiser
It’s a surprisingly common misconception amongst women with acne that moisturizers tend to worsen their breakouts. Teenage girls might be able to get away with it, but most adult skins will not tolerate inadequate moisturization especially when faced with the drying effects of anti-acne lotions and creams. If your skin is inadequately hydrated with sub-optimal levels of moisture, skin’s sebum protection will be unwittingly pushed into overdrive with the propensity for further zits eruption and more blemishes. The trick here is to find a suitable moisturizer, one that’s tailored for acne prone skin without clogging up pores.
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Free Up Your Facial Hair
Bacteria that can cause breakout travel to skin’s pores via facial hair, allowing oil and bacteria to spread and clog up pores. If you suffer from thick dark and dense facial hair, you probably also experience ingrown hairs especially with shaving and waxing that leads to acne flare-ups. Eliminating facial hair with laser hair removal will significantly reduce breakouts because the bacteria will no longer have the hair to cling to.
The Clarity laser system from Lutronics is a dual wavelength laser platform that combines the fastest and most powerful 755 nm Alexandrite laser with 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser for high performance treatment capabilities in terms of speed, efficacy and outstanding performance. The right settings selected based on each individual skin type is above all safe, with exceedingly high patient satisfaction rate. The number of sessions you require for best results will depend on the density, thickness and colour of your hair. On the average, 4 to 6 treatments done regularly at approximately 4 to 8 weeks intervals will give appreciable answers to your hairy woes.
Intra-lesional Corticosteroid/Antibiotic Acne Injection
The solitary angry ‘red ruby’ that rears its head and threatens to rupture is not only an eyesore, but may result in unsightly scarring eventually. The treatment of choice for these angry bumps is to ask your doctor for an injection of a diluted corticosteroid and antibiotic concoction to lower the inflammation, nip the infection, speed up healing and reduce the chance of potential scarring. Although seemingly simple at first glance, Intra-lesional acne injection is not without its risks. The expertise and injection technique employed is just as crucial as the amount and dilution of the medications used, as there’s always a risk of fat atrophy with steroid injection(s) that can result in dimpling or atrophic scarring of the area(s) treated if not done properly.
Refine Your Skin With A Laser Peel
If you skin is plagued by zits of varying age, with some new ones rearing their heads while old healing ones are leaving behind footprints of unsightly dark marks, ask your aesthetic physician for a Laser Peel. This revolutionary approach to skin rejuvenation pioneered by the Koreans resurfaces and replenishes the skin at the same time with the use of gentle yet deeply penetrating laser energies, exfoliating the rough and damaged outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal younger, softer, and fairer skin underneath. Without the use of harsh chemicals, it is able to control sebum production and thus reduce oiliness, shrink down pores and lighten dark acne pigmentation to restore glow and youthfulness to blemish-prone complexions.