In all my years of skin treatments, I've never seen such a huge amount of acne as I am seeing now. I don't know if it's because I'm getting so many referrals as word of our successful treatments spreads or if there really IS an epidemic happening out there.
Firstly - let's clear up some myths about acne. Acne is always related to a hormonal issue. No matter what else is going on - it is still predominantly a hormonal problem. Secondly, acne is genetic. If one parent had acne, you have a 50% chance of getting it. If both parents had acne, you have a 75% chance of getting it (both my kids are in trouble!). Thirdly, the psychological aspect of acne is perhaps one of the worst side effects of the disorder and needs to be actively addressed. And lastly, you must remember that the body is a VERY intelligent entity. It produces oil for a reason and when we strip the oil in the hope that we can "dry" the acne out, it will kick in some serious oil production to compensate. So PLEASE stop stripping your skin with harsh acne products.
I need to tell you something else......there is NO ONE INGREDIENT that will fix ANY skin disorder! It's like telling us that we only need to eat kale for the rest of our life in order to be healthy. No. The skin needs many many different ingredients in order to treat disorders. Acne is not a disease - it's a skin disorder. And another quick note - acne forms in the hair shaft. And only in the hair shaft. So if there is hair, you can have acne in that area. But don't confuse acne with folliculitis - which is a disorder of the hair shaft.
Confusing hey??!! No wonder people feel hopeless.
Now add in some savvy marketing and some good ole fashioned bullshit and todays consumers have NO IDEA what works and what doesn't!!
So, in order to help you I am going to tell you some basic ingredients that help in the fight against acne. Use this list when you purchase products and you'll have a better chance of getting EFFECTIVE products that will work.
Salicylic acid - in small amounts this helpful little acid will spiral down the hair shaft and kill the acne-causing bacteria. It also encourages exfoliation (very important in acne suffers) and brightens the skin making it look better.
Tea Tree - in small amounts again this ingredient is antibacterial and antimicrobial. Important when dealing with acne.
Vitamin A - this will strengthen the skin and regulate the skin's turnover, slowing it down to improve the acne condition. This is an important ingredient and should be used regularly.
Zinc - Zinc is a wonderful healing agent and should be included in all acne home care products. It's also a physical sunblock.
Beta Glucan - This ingredient controls healing and reduces inflammation. This is a necessary ingredient for acne sufferers.
** Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Beta Glucan help to reduce the chance of scarring also - so remember to include these ingredients in your home care.
I would feel I hadn't done my job properly if I didn't mention the drug Roaccutane in this blog. Some of you already know that I would prefer to feed my children ANY OTHER DRUG than this one. There was a study (and correlating court case) made from 1983 for over a decade which proved a definite link from Roaccutane use in the suicides of 13 acne sufferers that were on the drug. It is well documented that Roaccutane can cause suicidal thoughts and tendencies in people who had NO PREVIOUS DEPRESSIVE ISSUES.
One in seven Roaccutane users will become sterile. ONE IN SEVEN!!!
Roaccutane causes birth defects.
There are now being tests done in older people who used Roaccutane when they were young that is seeing a link between the drug and depression in later years.
Because of the huge amounts of Vitamin A in the drug, there have been reports of joint issues in older age.
Really?? You'd do this deliberately to yourself or your kids?? Come on. Get a second opinion if your GP is encouraging you to use this drug. Find another GP. Find yourself a Skin Therapist and take advantage of their knowledge. Come and see me. Do anything you can to find out the CORRECT information about what will work and what won't. In the long run, you'll save a fortune and you may just save your health as well.