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Acne

Basic care for acne prone skin

Three factors contribute to the formation of acne:

  • Overproduction of oil (sebum)
  • Irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin
  • Buildup of bacteria

1) It is important to understand that acne is more like a chronic problem that needs regular care and maintenance. Any lapse in care will result in result in a relapse of acne condition.

 

2) Facial hygiene is important in reducing the recurrence of acne, It is important to wash your face with an anti-comedogenic facial wash. If the wash is too drying, it is important to moisturise with an oil-free moisturiser regularly.

Pinning up the hair fringe, tying up your hair reduces perspiration in our hot climate.

 

3) Sunblock – It is important to apply regular SPF 50 sunscreen that does not clog up the pores as exposure to UV light may result in hyperpigmentation of acne scar.

 

4) Identifying triggers

It is helpful to address your trigger for acne.

  1. A) High glycaemic load food is associated with increased growth of acne. (Bowe: Dermatology World, September 2011) High glycemic index food includes chocolates, potatoes, bread and fried food.

 

  1. B) Maintain adequate fluid intake to encourage toxins to be flushed from your body.

 

  1. C) Stress – acne tend to occur during stressful period such as examinations, relationship breakup and even menstruation.  Skincare is even more important during these stressful periods.