Acne: What’s The Deal?
Blackheads and whiteheads are the most common types of acne and can be treated with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid in products.
Inflamed spots – called papules and pustules – can be treated with topical or oral antibiotics prescribed by your GP, or with new alternative methods of treating acne like Clearskin Sebaceous Gland Ablation (SGA) (clearskincareclinics.com.au).
If tender, blind pimples appear around the same time as your period, so it’s probably hormonal acne. “Monthly breakouts coincide with the drop in oestrogen levels as our periods approach,” says McCaffery. You may want to ask your GP about the pill – it can balance hormones and reduce oil.
If you suffer from adult acne, it could be caused by chronic stress. Salicylic acid, tea tree and alginated zinc triplex will help fight adult acne, as will exfoliating two to three times a week. However, it’s always best to consult your GP if your acne is troubling you. Severe acne as an adult can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a hormonal imbalance that causes an overproduction of male hormones, resulting in acne and oily skin.
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