Axing acne | Pureman Blog

Squeezing whiteheads isn’t a good idea as this releases bacteria onto the skin and can spread the problem wider. If you really must, then always steam your face first over some warm water to soften the blockages and then use a tissue to gently ease them out. Don't use excess pressure and make sure your hands are really clean. Use some antiseptic cream on the area afterwards to reduce bacteria and help the healing process.

If you suffer from acne you’ll know how distressing this condition can be. About 35% of men will suffer with acne during their teenage years. The symptoms usually start in puberty and last until the hormone activity settles down in the late teens or early twenties. However severe cases of acne can continue well into adulthood leaving scars both physical and emotional.

Acne also commonly known as pimples or zits is a rather distressing condition for sufferers. Acne develops when the pores on your skin get plugged. This means that acne is a reult of dirt and excess oil getting clogged in your pores. Usually, the first area to suffer is your extra-oily T-zone area (forehead, nose and chin). Apart from the T-zone, acne may also appear on your cheeks and other parts of the face.

A common misconception is that tanning clears up acne. When you tan, dead cells build up on your skin's surface. This can makes your face look smoother because your pores tighten up. However, once that gorgeous tan is gone, you'll have more outbreaks, and darkers scars and marks. (Get a spray tan instead, it's safer anyway.)

Using a scrub 2-3 times a week or a gentle daily scrub (read the label) helps clear your pores of dirt and blockage, lessening your instances of acne. However, do not use a scrub if you have severe acne because this can irritate your skin even more.

Mild acne can be a combination of blackheads, spots and pimples whilst the more severe form (Acne Vulgaris) also has painful, blind cysts, inflammation and infection.

If you have severe acne which can appear very red and very sore, you should always seek medical advice.

What can you do?

All cases of severe acne should always be referred to your GP who will probably prescribe antibiotics and possibly some hormone or topical treatments. If the acne is severe you may be referred to a dermatologist.

The skin must be kept clean and the excess oil controlled. You will need to wash your face twice a day with a facial wash, like Anthony Logistics Acne Cleanser 237ml , or cleansing bar that is not too harsh. Always rinse off with running water and blot dry with a clean towel.

You may benefit from using a gentle facial scrub once or twice a week but not if there is infection present. This will help to remove dead cells and prevent the pores from blocking so readily.

A mask used once a week can be very beneficial too as it helps to deep clean and absorb excess impurities and oil. . A clay mask will absorb excess oil very efficiently but avoid using it on very sensitive areas. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes and rinse off with running water.

You may still find your skin needs to be moisturised as it can lack water even though it’s oily. There are products available that will help regulate the sebum production and keep the skin matt whilst hydrating the surface.

Topical treatments such as spot gels are really good for healing and reducing bacteria like using Menscience Acne Spot Repair 22ml, start with one application daily then gradually increase to two to three times a day if needed.

Squeezing whiteheads isn’t a good idea as this releases bacteria onto the skin and can spread the problem wider. If you really must, then always steam your face first over some warm water to soften the blockages and then use a tissue to gently ease them out. Don't use excess pressure and make sure your hands are really clean. Use some antiseptic cream on the area afterwards to reduce bacteria and help the healing process.

You may want to try some herbal supplements that are designed to rebalance the system and help to control acne internally. It's also worth taking Zinc and Vitamin C. Some people find it helpful to avoid dairy products and/or wheat. Generally try to watch your diet and eat plenty of vitamin-rich foods, drink plenty of water and avoid too much alcohol and stimulants such as tea and coffee.

With careful management and a good skin care routine mild acne can be successfully managed but if you are really suffering make sure you see your doctor.