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Acne Awareness Month

June 3, 2019 by Samantha Smith

June is Acne Awareness Month, so this month we are bringing you a new blog every Monday giving you the low down on all things acne-related. And if that wasn’t enough, we have a 6 weeks to clearer skin challenge that we would love for you to be a part of. Six weeks of help: clear skin or help: clear skin MEN has been shown to produce significant, positive visible skin results and we challenge you to try the help: clear skin range and see the results for yourself.

What is Acne Awareness Month?

It’s a month dedicated to those who have acne, to help them gather advice on how to treat it and how to best take care of skin. With so much information available at the touch of your fingertips, we have dedicated our month of blogs to be as informative for you as possible so there’s no need for you to look anywhere else for advice.

What is Acne?

Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that tends to occur around puberty which is why it is often seen as a teenage condition. This is due to the surge in hormones, known as androgens, released throughout the body at this stage of life. This surge of hormones cause’s oil glands to become over-active and as a result produce too much sebum. Too much sebum can cause pores to become clogged which also increases in an overgrowth of Propionibacterium (the bacteria on skin known to cause acne) which causes spots to develop.

  • Blocked, infected or inflamed pores can cause whiteheads – a raised red spot with a white head.
  • Blackheads develop when the clogged pore is open and is exposed to the air.
  • Cysts can form when the pores blockage is deep inside the pore.
  • Pustules, a red inflamed pimple, occurs when bacteria grows inside the blocked pore.

It can affect the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.

Who is affected by Acne?

In short – Anyone

Though considered a teenage issue, adult acne is becoming more common affecting many over 20’s. Hormones are constantly fluctuating throughout life and is most likely the cause of many cases of adult acne.

Women who suffer from acne tend to see it occur around the jawline and chin area. Birth control pills, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, PCOS or menstruation can cause breakouts. It is not definitively known why this happens but it’s believed the particular oil glands in that area may be more sensitive to hormonal fluctuations. Chin acne typically appears as red angry bumps, occasionally situated next to pus containing pimples, and there may even be some painful deeper nodules.

Men are also prone to acne. This is due to testosterone levels which is responsible for producing excess sebum making men’s skin more susceptible to acne and blemishes. Men also tend to have larger pores and produce more sweat. These factors can cause skin to attract dirt which can clog pores threatening breakouts and scarring.

Are There any Other Causes of Acne?

Yes, so if your acne isn’t hormone related it could be due to one or more of these reasons:

  • Diet
  • Make up
  • Skin care routine
  • Stress
  • Genetics

From reading the fundamental basics of acne it is clear to see that acne can affect anyone, at any time of their life. Luckily there are many ways to help treat and prevent it, which is the feature of our blog next week, so don’t miss it.

In the meantime, don’t forget to try our 6 weeks to clearer skin challenge and throughout acne awareness month, let us know how your challenge is going.

Good Luck with your clear skin journey!

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