BY BRENDA BARLOW
We all know pimples are our skin’s foe.
Needless to say, it causes unpleasant looking skin. Then, there’s that constant inner battle and anguish of wondering when they will completely disappear. Or even worse, if they will ever reappear again, making the situation a whole lot worse.
Moreover, having to suffer from this as a teenager is tough, as it affects psychological growth and confidence in general, leading to feelings of insecurity and the tendency to close off from the outside world.
Studies from the Global Acne Market Report for 2016-2026 has shown that acne is a skin disorder that can mentally affect someone, his or her self-esteem, mood and quality of life. It can affect the way someone thinks, causing him or her to be less confident and less inclined to a happier life.
Sadly, it takes away one’s happiness and the luxury of enjoying good skin.
At a global scale, acne vulgaris has seen a population of 681.2 million in 2016.
Between the onset of puberty and 30 years of age, acne vulgaris is the most common disease affecting approximately 80 per cent of people.
But there is always comfort in the thought that there exists a whole range of solutions for combatting pimples and acne. Benzoyl Peroxide, a highly effective topical treatment is not only safe and effective but also doctor-approved. So, we can leave our worries aside knowing that we have a dermatologically certified treatment at our aid, almost as close to having a 24-hour dermatologist by our side.
What is Acne?
Acne is scientifically known as acne vulgaris, which is an inflammatory disease that involves the over-production of sebum from the sebaceous gland, and sebum as we all know it simply means oil.
When your face flares up with pimples, it is largely due to the extra oil it produces. The glands react and become inflamed which causes the formation of cysts, comedones also known as blackheads and whiteheads, as well as scars on the skin. Especially for teenagers during puberty, there is a more-than-usual amount of sex hormones known as androgens secreted and this causes acne.
If your teenage daughter is going through her bouts of adolescence, then you have come to the right place.
We have dug up the most relevant doctor-approved treatments for combatting acne.
1. Topical Medication
This treatment will only work when you put your trust in a certified dermatologist. Why wait, when you can solve the problem now? It will be best to see an expert regarding your acne problems.
He or she can decide and diagnose if it is a mild or severe case of acne. Without that, you wouldn’t know where to start with the treatment of your acne. Usually, acne home remedies can work more effectively once you diagnose the severity of your pimples.
Apart from Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid is another effective product that could aid in breaking down blackheads and whiteheads. It allows pores to breathe, easing the skin into a cell renewal stage as the epidermis is more prone to shedding. On top of that, it is a remedy for swelling and inflammation.
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There are new-age, technological innovations to aid in acne therapies in the clinic. This is when you take it up a notch further and turn to acne treatments specifically using technology to target at these problems.
Dr Low Chai Ling from SW1 Clinic recommends targeted treatments such as the Clear Blue. This deep cleansing facial not only stops acne but also removes blackheads, which works to calm skin inflammations and clear the pores on our skin. It uses a special technology known as blue wavelength which aids in stopping acne by penetrating deep into your pores. It stops breakouts before they reach the surface. Blue light also decreases oils on your skin and will even decrease pore size. On the other hand, the Ultrasound is used to displace blackheads out of your skin. Just like blue light, it penetrates into the skin using heat without affecting the surface of the skin. It is used to target the sebaceous glands in order to reduce the size and symptoms of the acne lesions.
To get the most effective results, Dr Low suggests pairing this treatment with one of her products called Blue Orchid. It contains both the anti-ageing black orchid extract along with a small quantity of benzoyl peroxide. This product has what it takes to combat acne as it is known for its anti-bacterial properties. It is great for reducing redness and has soothing effects for your skin breakouts.
To get the best out of this product, use it as a day and night cream. Not only does it make your skin soft but supple as well. You can rely on the active ingredients to work throughout the day to keep pimples at bay. This cream can do wonders for your skin, keeping it clear for the longest time possible.
The Blue Orchid Balancing Moisturizer is priced at $94.16 at the SW1 Clinic Shop.
You could also opt for Glow Up, a pro bono initiative by SW1 to help teenagers have better confidence as they step into the realms of adolescence. There are no limits and this program empowers teens to feel good about themselves as they face the impending bouts of life and its troubles.
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3. Natural Home Remedies
Tea Tree Oil is popular for getting rid of bacteria from your skin and reducing inflammation. This readily available natural product can be found in your favourite makeup stores. Many studies have shown that applying 5% of tea tree oil to the skin will reduce acne effectively. It’s all-natural cleansing properties has been shown to better the Acne problem.
How do we use it? You can mix 1 part of tea tree oil with the most 9 parts of water and then apply the solution directly to your pimples. You should ensure it does not over dry your skin by applying moisturizer right after. Use this 1-2 times per day, if needed.