A One-Stop Blog on Acne – why we get it and what can be done…
Suffering from acne or acne scarring? At Feel Better Days it’s one of our most common skin complaints. We’ve compiled this blog to give you information and top tips to understand what acne is, why you get it and most importantly how to get rid of it. Want clear skin? Here’s the starting point…
Why do we get acne?
Acne lesions or pimples happen when the hair follicles or ‘pores’ on the skin become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. A plugged follicle is the perfect place for bacteria to grow and create the red bumps and pus-filled red bumps known as pimples.
Scaring caused by acne looks very different from any other scars – it’s the deficit of collagen in the specific region that gives rise to acne scarring. After the acne has subsided, the affected skin region needs collagen to heal and if the skin underlying the subsided acne doesn’t have it, then it tends to get scarred during the healing process thereby giving rise to an ice pick scar.
Different types of acne:
Mild acne -this refers to the whiteheads or blackheads that most of us get at various times in our lives. It is annoying, but not debilitating.
Moderate acne – this type of acne includes red inflamed pimples called papules and red pimples with white centers called pustules.
Severe acne – this severe acne causes nodules — painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps to appear under the skin.
Most serious acne scarring is caused by the more severe forms of acne, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne.
Will acne scars ever fully disappear?
One of the first questions most people ask when seeking treatment for acne scars is if the scars will ever fully disappear. The answer is the same for acne scars as it is for every other scar you have: No scar ever fully disappears. This is because scars form when your skin is damaged in the dermal level, the layer of skin where new skin cells originate. As your body heals the wound, it creates new collagen fibres, and this repair of damaged tissue results in a scar.
Now that you’ve heard the bad news, it’s time for the good news. You may not be able to make those scars disappear completely, but there are things you can do to reduce the size, colour and appearance of your scars. Today, some acne scar treatments can reduce and lighten the appearance of scars to the point they’re almost undetectable.
Top Tips to Prevent Acne
Eat more anti-inflammatory foods – eat a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods. Avoiding foods that irritate your skin will help keep scarring to a minimum and will help your body start to heal your skin from the inside out as soon as a breakout begins. A few types of foods include honey, wild salmon, shiitake mushrooms, olive oil, sweet potatoes, green tea, and blueberries. This is just a small part of the list that can help you heal from the inside of your body, out.
Exercise daily – exercise a minimum of 4 days a week. This may sound odd but it really helps to promote a good balance between the body and the skin, which will aid in faster healing, and lower the occurrence of breakouts in the first place.
Get some fresh air -get some time in the fresh air and a little bit of sun… with high factor sunscreen of course! If you are in the middle of a bad breakout, it is best to sit outside in the shade with some sunscreen on and avoid the sun entirely, but if it is just starting to fade or already fading, then getting a little bit of sun will help your skin. The vitamin D that you get from the sun will help you heal more quickly and feel better, leaving little to no marks behind!
Stop touching your face – avoiding excessive damaging touching of your skin. Touching your face: it’s unavoidable to most. You just get that itch on your cheek or you rest your head on your hands now and then, but touching your face is not good for healing. This means no picking or popping pimples or scabs either!
Pamper your skin – use gentle products daily and ensure you have regular microdermabrasion sessions to cleanse any blackheads.
Top treatments to get rid of acne scarring
Treatments for acne scarring depend on how severe the scars are. In some cases, a doctor or dermatologist may suggest a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to help improve the appearance of scarred areas.
If you have serious scarring from previous bouts with acne, there are several things you can do:
Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion consists of a fine jet of abrasive crystals that gently remove dead skin cells layer by layer. A vacuum action lifts away the debris, stimulating the blood flow and encouraging collagen and elastin formation that results in firmer, revitalised and youthful looking skin. Wrinkles disappear, acne scarring is reduced and dull and tired skin is completely banished – sometimes after just one treatment.
Laser resurfacing. This procedure can be done in the doctors or dermatologist’s office. The laser removes the damaged top layer of skin and tightens the middle layer, leaving skin smoother. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. The doctor will try to lessen any pain by first numbing the skin with local anesthesia. It usually takes between 3 and 10 days for the skin to heal completely.
Fractional laser therapy. This type of treatment works at a deeper level than laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion, Because fractional laser therapy doesn’t wound the top layer of tissue, healing time is shorter. Someone who has had this type of treatment may just look a bit sunburned for a couple of days afterwards.
Feel Better Days offers Microdermabrasion which has been proven to help stimulate the blood flow and encouraging collagen and elastin formation that results in firmer, revitalised and youthful looking skin. Wrinkles disappear, acne scarring is reduced and dull and tired skin is completely banished – sometimes after just one treatment.
Call the salon on 01278 427115 for more info or to book a consultation and your first treatment.