Acne is synonymous with the teenage years, with both girls and boys witnessing a surge in hormones it is almost an inevitable side-effect of growing up. But what you might not realise is that acne can affect anyone at any stage in their life. Whether you’re male or female at 50 years old or 36 – we all suffer from acne at some point.
Although it can affect men and women, acne is more common in women. In fact, the NHS state that out of all acne cases an overwhelming 80% of these occur in women. The reason acne affects more women than men is simply down to the different hormonal stages or changes women can go through in their lives. These changes can be brought on by both periods and pregnancy.
Having acne can have an awful impact on self-confidence particularly when it’s on your face. It can be hard to hide your face when you’re self-conscientious. There’s only so many times you can avoid eye contact at work after all!
When your skin starts to clear, sadly this doesn’t always improve confidence. Acne can leave behind deep scarring on the skin, making it difficult to disguise under makeup and other skin care products.
We’ve gathered together some tips for you to help soothe and diminish your acne scarring. Don’t forget, if you feel like you’ve exhausted your options for acne scar treatment, we offer an acne consultation. Book your consultation online easily here.
- Stay away from makeup preservatives
Parabens are preservatives present in many makeup products. These preservatives can cause irritation and further inflame your acne-prone skin. Stay away from these products and products that contain excess oil. Using products like these are only further clogging your pores. You need to take preventative steps to help control your acne.
- Get rid of dead skin cells
Use a gentle skin exfoliator to help rid your skin of dead cells. Gently exfoliating can also help reduce hyperpigmentation in the skin leaving your skin fresh and clear. If dead skin cells aren’t removed regularly, these can clog your pores leading to an increase in acne.
You can also get rid of dead skin cells by indulging in a facial peel. A facial peel can be a great way to remove dead skin cells whilst naturally improving the appearance of your acne scars. The peel penetrates deep into the skin to remove impurities and rejuvenating your complexion.
- Shrink the blood vessels through laser treatment
Lasers can be the most effective acne scar treatment for stubborn scarring. While no acne scar treatment will never remove the scarring completely a laser treatment can help improve the appearance of skin and is suitable for mild to moderate acne scarring.
There are two types of laser treatment ablative and non-ablative. In the non-ablative laser treatment, the skin is lasered in order to promote new growth of collagen. This both improves the appearance of skin and can remove any damage to the skin.
The ablative laser treatment can help improve acne scars by removing small areas of skin around the scars in order to produce a new and healthier area of skin.
The most common type of acne scars include:
- Ice pick scars – when the scar is bumpy in texture
- Atrophic scars – when the scar is flat to the surface of the skin but is visible
- Hypertrophic or keloid scar – when the scar is thick and lumpy and raised on the skin
If you’re struggling with your acne scarring, book your acne consultation online today and take the first steps towards achieving beautiful skin.