How to get rid of acne
Acne is caused by overproduction of oil from sebaceous glands, usually driven by changes in hormone levels, leading to blocked and inflamed pores. Acne has the same symptoms, whatever the age of the sufferer; however adult acne is generally more concentrated around the chin and neck.
Unfortunately it's becoming more and more common later in life and in significantly higher rates in women compared with men - even the celebrities aren't excluded from having to deal with bouts of acne.
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Key causes are believed to include the hormone fluctuation during menstrual cycles and pregnancy, as well as low-level changes in stress, thanks to the hormone cortisol that floods the body.
Your acne toolkit
Spot Treatment - Always have a targeted treatment on hand that will stop the pimple formation in its tracks and help reduce scarring.
bh loves: Epiology Extra Strength Spot Gel, $25.95
Star natural ingredient – Tea Tree Oil. This pure oil is renowned for its powerful purifying and antibacterial properties and presents an effective alternative for those who seek a chemical-free treatment.
Salicylic Acid - Using products that include salicylic acid helps to gently remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and increase cell turnover and boost collagen, that can assist with scarring. When used as part of a daily routine it can greatly assist other active ingredients to penetrate into skin.
Benzoyl Peroxide - This is another highly effective ingredient used in topical products, as it works to kill the amount of acne-causing bacteria in the skin.
bh loves: Benzac AC Gel, $22.99
You can treat both simultaneously - according to Ultraceuticals Global Education Ambassador Tracey Beeby, "Vitamin A (retinol) is a well-known anti-ageing ingredient that has been shown to increase collagen and elastin production, prevent its degradation and provides assistance with acne as well due to its ability to reduce hyperkeratosis within the follicle. So treatment for adult acne is relatively similar to that of teenage acne.
bh loves: Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Mild, $124.
At home tool - channelling in-clinic treatment, blue light targets acne-causing bacteria while red light reduces acne inflammation. The mask should be put on after cleansing and left to work for 10 minutes, when it will turn off automatically.
bh loves: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $79.99
Do you have any tricks and tips for getting rid of spots?