What can help my acne?
I have heard this question asked so many times from my own teens, from friends, I even asked it myself in my early 20’s and post pregnancy as my hormones raged.
What is acne?
We all know that acne is lots of spots but beyond that what is it really? Let’s take a look …
Acne is a common skin condition that happens when hair follicles under the skin become clogged. Oil and dead skin cells plug the pores, and outbreaks of lesions (often called pimples or zits) can happen. Most often, the outbreaks occur on the face but can also appear on the back, chest, and shoulders. NIAMS (nih.gov)
Acne is common in teens and usually goes away completely by about age 30 but whilst it is hanging around the impact can be problematic!
You do not have to live with acne though there are so many ways you can treat it and if something is getting you down then really why wouldn’t you give them all a try. Long gone are the days it was seen as ‘just hormonal – it will pass in it’s own good time.’
What can help my acne?
There are many different ways to treat acne from light therapy, facials, over the counter medication and prescription medication. You may have to try a few options out to to find out what works best for you.
UK online chemist Oxford Pharmacy carries a wide range of gels and facial washes to tackle acne as well as direct spot treatment that don’t require a prescription. They also have a range of prescription acne medications you can get by either posting your prescription or via free online consultation with one of their doctors. It can be so hard to get into see a doctor at your local surgery these days so this is a brilliant alternative.
The problem with acne?
You know there is nothing less confidence boosting than a face full of spots. Even one spot can make you feel like you don’t want to leave the house and when you have lots aggh it can make you feel so very self conscious.
The self worth impact of acne is well researched and rather gloomy.
“the psychological effects of acne can be profound, and persons with acne are at risk for substantial, negative effects on quality of life, similar to those seen in persons with asthma, epilepsy or arthritis. Adolescents and adults with acne have higher rates of anxiety, low self-worth and depression than those without acne.” New England Journal of Medicine
The good news is though that these days there are many things that can be doe to treat acne and you can start today.
What else can help with acne?
Drinking more water
Water – Studies show that staying hydrated can be a big boost when trying to fight acne and this is such an easy thing to do”
Water helps improve the body’s overall immune cell response. The immune system fights harmful bacteria that contribute to acne (Very well health)
Exercise reduces stress which can contribute to acne so it is undoubtedly a good thing! It always makes us happier too and that mood boost is really important if you are struggling with low confidence due to your acne. Exercise can also help because it increases blood flow and unclogs pores through sweating
Good skin care habits
Regular washing , exfoliating and moisturising is essential to good clean unclogged pores and their are a huge amount of options available – doing it regularly seems to be the key!
What Can Help My Acne? Final thoughts
The very first thing people see when they talk to you is your face, you want them to see how you glow, you smile and your eyes.
If you are preoccupied by your acne and worried that that is what they will be focussing on then you are going to really lack the confidence to speak up and let your personality shine through. So I do I urge you to address your acne, use some great products and up your exercise and your hydration and skin care routine.
You and your confidence will bloom.
I hope you have found this post useful – what do you use on your acne?
What Can Help My Acne? is a collaborative post – all photos from Unsplash.com