Acne is a common skin condition which most often affects teenagers but can also affect adults. It causes greasy skin, spots and cysts. Although it’s not in itself life-threatening, it can often cause self-esteem issues or depression for the person suffering with it.
It’s often caused by an excess production of sebum or hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy. Acne is also said to run in families. Despite what you might hear, acne is not caused by sexual activity or a lack of personal hygiene.
Acne often develops on the face, back and chest. There are several types of spots that can develop:
Blackheads: black or yellow dots or bumps on the skin
Whiteheads: white dots or bumps on the skin
Papules: small, red, tender bumps
Pustules: small, red, tender bumps with a white centre
Nodules: hard lumps under the surface of the skin
Cysts: pus-filled lumps that are similar to boils
Speak to your pharmacist who can recommend medicines that can treat your acne such as gels, creams and lotions. If this doesn’t help or you start suffering from nodules or cysts, please speak to your doctor.
You can also help tackle your acne at home:
Reduce your use of cosmetics or opt for non-comedogenic instead
Remove your makeup before bed
Don’t wash your skin more than twice a day
Use mild soap or cleanser and warm water
Don’t pick or squeeze your spots- this can cause scarring
Wash your hair regularly and don’t let it fall across your face
Get regular exercise to improve your self-esteem and boost your mood
Learn more about acne here.