BAN­ISH BREAK­OUTS

Don’t be too em­bar­rassed to seek treat­ment for acne. Fight back against this com­mon skin con­di­tion and re­claim your self-con­fi­dence.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty -

A cne doesn’t just hap­pen to teenagers. Even adults in their 30s and 40s suf­fer break­outs from time to time. And when the spots ap­pear, they can af­fect one’s self-es­teem and qual­ity of life. Stud­ies have shown that adult acne suf­fer­ers of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence so­cial, psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional prob­lems such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion – more so than their younger coun­ter­parts. It may be be­cause their acne has been longer-last­ing or more re­sis­tant to treat­ment.

Adults with acne also face greater so­cial stigma. How of­ten have you re­fused to spend time with friends be­cause you were em­bar­rassed about your pim­ply com­plex­ion? When the road to clear and healthy skin is not prob­lem-free, get your facts about acne right to bet­ter con­quer break­outs, says Dr Tan Hiok Hee, a der­ma­tol­o­gist from Thom­son Spe­cial­ist Skin Cen­tre.

YOU’VE BEEN TOLD THAT:

Break­outs are due to “dirty” skin.

The truth: Break­outs can oc­cur even on very clean skin and are not the re­sult of in­ad­e­quate or in­fre­quent cleansing.

YOU’VE BEEN TOLD THAT:

Wear­ing sun­screen can ag­gra­vate acne.

The truth: Sun­screen is a must no mat­ter what your skin con­di­tion. Dr Tan ad­vises you to wear the right sun­screen – that is, one that is non-come­do­genic (non pore-clog­ging), one that con­tains zinc ox­ide, or a gel-based for­mula pre­scribed by your der­ma­tol­o­gist.

YOU’VE BEEN TOLD THAT:

Acne is a teenage skin con­di­tion.

The truth: The prob­lem is ac­tu­ally quite com­mon in adults and tends to be worse than teenage acne in that the spots are more in­flamed.

YOU’VE BEEN TOLD THAT:

Acne is a cos­metic prob­lem that will go away with time. The truth: Acne is more than su­per­fi­cial as it can erode your self-es­teem, par­tic­u­larly if it’s chronic. But even if you have bat­tled the con­di­tion for decades, it can be treated.

WHAT RE­ALLY CAUSES ACNE?

Break­outs oc­cur when oil, dirt and dead skin cells be­come trapped in the pores. Bac­te­ria then at­tack th­ese clogged pores and the block­age breaks down, caus­ing the area to be­come in­flamed.

Hor­monal changes, stress and, to a cer­tain ex­tent, diet, are thought to play a role in the de­vel­op­ment of acne. Women who stop tak­ing birth con­trol pills are also sus­cep­ti­ble to acne due to a drop in their oe­stro­gen lev­els – oe­stro­gen is a hor­mone that can help pre­vent break­outs.

TREAT­ING ACNE

Thank­fully, you don’t have to put up with acne any longer or waste money on prod­ucts that don’t work. Thom­son Spe­cial­ist Skin Cen­tre of­fers a range of so­lu­tions for acne. An ex­pe­ri­enced der­ma­tol­o­gist will di­ag­nose your prob­lem and pre­scribe the ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­ca­tion and treat­ment. So don’t wait any longer – beat acne once and for all and get your self-con­fi­dence back.

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