Acne: What’s The Deal?

CLEO (Malaysia) - - ORIGINS SPECIAL -

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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