MR & MRS SURGERY ISSUE 13
IN A SPOT OF BOTHER?
It’s enough dealing with wrinkles but adult acne is right up there on the list of problems affecting women today. Even glam stars like Cameron Diaz and Victoria Beckham may look flawless but they have often talked about covering up their spots –
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
Biologically speaking adult acne is exactly the same as the acne you get during your teens. It is an inflammatory skin disorder and can be a range of skin problems from blocked pores and spots to the worst cases of cystic acne. It is caused by hormonal imbalances or sensitivity to the male hormone testosterone and can also sometimes occur as a result of PMS, the menopause or it may be part of a more complex hormonal condition such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. If your acne is persistent, talk to your GP.
HIT THE SPOT TREATMENT PLAN
Adult acne can be particularly frustrating since treatments that worked during those teenage years may be ineffective in adulthood. Growing concern over antibiotic resistance is also changing how we are treating acne and now we are relying more on topical treatments with targeted skincare, laser and light treatments along with chemical peels and prescribed hormone treatments. Never self medicate if you develop adult onset acne It is important to be treated by skin experts or a dermatologist as early as possible to find out what’s causing your acne and also to prevent scarring .To find a good skin doctor search the web or ask your GP for a referral. The cost of a consultation will normally range from £100 to £250. If you’re tempted to treat your acne with a few old tricks from your teen years, don’t. Adult skin is more sensitive and less resilient than adolescent complexions so prescribed skincare is essential.
No single medical therapy fits every case but the most important thing you can do to keep acne under control is to have a good skin care routine and this means using the right products for you along with a range of topical treatments
AT THE CLINIC
As acne can’t be cured, treatments aim to control the symptoms by:
*preventing new spots forming
*improving those already present
For milder breakouts, topical medications like retinoid – derived from vitamin A –can significantly improve the skin. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to get it. Often the best results are from a combination of clinical procedures and topical skincare including AHA products.
* Smartxide Laser 3- 5 treatments, four to six weeks apart will improve skin tone boost collagen and fade acne scars. From £350 per treatment
*Glycolic Peels- a monthly peel will help improve acne scarring and keep pores unblocked. From £60
*If you’ve been left with acne scars, fat transfer or filler can fill out the dents leaving a smoother complexion from £350 for filler to £3500 for Angel PRP fat transfer. 02074364441
Look out for these spot-busting ingredients
*Glycolic Acid-derived from sugar cane, can penetrate pores and dissolve the plug of dead skin cells and oil that block pores and allow bacteria to grow that leads to spots.
*Salicylic Acid-derived from the willow tree, breaks up pore clogging sebum and encourages the shedding of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin
*Benzoyl Peroxide- Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect and helps kill bacteria that occurs in acne, overuse will cause dry flaking skin and also be careful with clothes and towels it will bleach them white! Also avoid getting too much sun while you’re using it.
*Sulfur acts as an anti-bacterial agent, a pore cleanser and inflammation reducer.
Acne Treatment Time Scale
Some acne treatments tend to dry out the skin during the initial stages but the skin usually adjusts Remember, many acne treatments may take a while to work (anywhere from 2-6 months) so don’t stop using the treatment within this time period. And if your acne does not improve talk to your doctor or dermatologist. Mention any side effects from, or irritations to, your acne treatment.
SPOT THE STAR
They may look like the most glamorous women on the red carpet but even glamorous stars like Kate Winslett and Keira Knightley suffer from adult acne.
Keira Knightley has confessed she has “awful” skin and relies on a dermatologist to keep her acne at bay. The glamorous star is frequently voted one of the world’s sexiest women – but she insists the truth behind the make-up is completely different. She says, “I do not have good skin. I’ve got really awful skin.” And when quizzed on her perfect on-screen complexion, she reveals, “It’s about four hours of make-up actually. And I have a very good dermatologist.”
Oscar beauty Kate Winslett may appear flawless but she’s often spoken about having to cover up her spots and Cameron Diaz confessed she wakes up with spots. She even missed a film premiere once for fear of being photographed. ‘My skin is so oversensitive,’ she says. ‘I get inflamed spots at the smallest thing, and then I just stay away from the mirror. Other celebrities who suffer from acne include Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Calista Flockhart and Billie Piper
Spot injections are fabulous for getting rid of a spot within 24-48 hours, the injection contains an anti bacterial solution. £50 02074364441
The life span of a pimple is about six weeks so that’s how long you should give a product to work before you give up. For an emergency treatment crush an aspirin which is salicylic and apply to pimple
*Avoid anything that contains lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum.
*Don’t use pressed powders pancake or liquid foundation, because most contain oil. Use a good mineral make up, it’s anti-inflammatory, acts as a concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen all in one
*Cleanse no more than twice a day and never cleanse with harsh soaps that will dry out your skin. Since your skin is likely drier than it once was, over-washing can remove the surface oils that keep it supple.
*Drinking water is crucial. Aim for 2 litres a day to flush out toxins and increase your intake of dietary fibre
* Focus on exfoliating, not degreasing. As we age, skin’s cell turnover slows, and pores can get clogged with dead cells. Slough them away with an at-home peel.
*Never squeeze spots. It’s tempting, but when you squeeze or pick at pimples, you may be pushing the inflammation deeper into your skin which will just mean another spot in the same place within days.
*Wash make up brushes regularly, twice a week at least.
*Use a clean pillowcase. The following night turn it over and on the third night change and use a clean pillowcase and repeat.
For more information on acne treatments or to book a free of charge consultation call 02074364441