Acne Awareness Month: The A-Z of acne
Did you know that up to 85% of Australians will experience acne at some stage of their life?
While angry breakouts, spots and cysts are often associated with teenagers or pregnancy, acne is just as likely to affect you at some stage of life, regardless of your ‘typical’ skin type.
June is Acne Awareness Month!
The initiative is designed to raise awareness, highlight possible treatment options and reduce the stigma associated with acne.
We receive countless messages from consumers asking how to cure their acne. Some are using harsh topical solutions, others are taking the contraceptive pill, and many are covering breakouts in heavy, occlusive makeup.
While results may be hit and miss, the one thing these treatments all have in common is that they can often cause more problems than they solve.
And not one of them is a cure.
How to cure acne
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne. Effective treatment and ‘curing’ breakouts rely on addressing the internal causes of acne.
To find out more about the links between gut health and acne, you can read our article HERE.
To acknowledge Acne Awareness Month and share our knowledge on how to prevent and treat acne, read our A-Z of acne!
(Don’t forget, if you experience acne or you’re looking for more personalised advice, our experienced customer service team is ready and waiting to answer your questions).
Antibiotics are designed to kill the bad bacteria that cause infection. Unfortunately, antibiotics don’t differentiate and wipe out good bacteria too which can cause an imbalance in the gut that can trigger acne.
B: Benzoyl peroxide
An ingredient used to formulate many types of topical acne medication used to destroy bacteria and treat acne. This ingredient can also damage healthy cells surrounding the breakout leading to dry, damaged skin.
Acne that stems from toxins or hormone imbalances can present as large, painful cysts that leave scars if squeezed.
We strongly recommend consulting with a dietitian to identify any food intolerance that may reveal the root cause of acne.
Regular exfoliation is essential to clear oil, dirt and dead skin cells from acne-prone skin. Avoid harsh scrubs and instead, use gentle enzyme exfoliants that are kind to healthy cells.
Otherwise known as pores, follicles are openings in the skin attached to the sebaceous gland. Sebum (oil) is excreted from these pores and can lead to spots when it becomes blocked with oil, dead skin cells or dirt.
G: Gut health
Extensive research has identified links between gut health and acne. Effective treatment can only begin once the source of the gut imbalance has been identified.
Hormone imbalances can cause acne making it a common condition in teenagers, pregnant women and those who have recently stopped taking the contraceptive pill.
Food intolerance can cause inflammation that presents itself on the skin’s surface. Common food intolerance that can lead to acne include sugar, dairy and gluten.
Acne lesions are caused by infections and can leave permanent marks and scarring.
The ingredients used to formulate makeup can contribute to breakouts and acne. Ingredients which end in ‘cone’ such as silicone and dimethicone are known irritants and can be a likely contributor to acne.
A naturopath can test the gut to identify any imbalances that may cause acne.
Otherwise known as sebum, oil is secreted from the sebaceous glands. Excess oil combined with dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria is the primary cause of acne.
Acne is common in puberty due to the surge in hormones that stimulate the sebaceous glands leading to increased oil flow.
An active ingredient in Bd Luminosity Serum that helps reduce redness and calm inflamed skin.
Synthetic vitamin A used as an ingredient in common acne treatments. Retinoids aren’t safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding and we strongly discourage all use.
Stress is a common cause of acne as it increases cortisol levels in the body which can offset gut bacteria and increase inflammation that leads to redness and irritation.
T: Tartaric Acid
Tartaric acid naturally occurs in Davidson plum and works as a gentle enzyme exfoliant to help regulate oil flow and clear pores.
Also known as a comedo, a whitehead is a pimple caused by dead skin cells and oil build-up. Whiteheads generally aren’t inflamed.
Zits are another name for pimples and come in all shapes and sizes.
Acne is a complex condition and one with no simple ‘topical’ cure.
To receive personal recommendations for your skincare or to review your current acne regime, contact our customer service team today.