June marks Acne Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to share some of my top treatments and tips for acne-prone skin. This is a skin condition that affects so many of us, whether you’re a teenager battling persistent spots or an adult dealing with unexpected breakouts, acne can be a challenging and sometimes distressing issue. 

At LJC Advanced Skincare, I understand the complexities of acne and am here to provide effective treatments and valuable advice to help you achieve clear, healthy skin.

Understanding Acne

Acne is a multifactorial skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It often presents as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, and can range from mild to severe. Hormones, diet, stress, and improper skin care practices can all contribute to acne’s development and persistence.

Treatments for Teenage Acne

Teenage acne is a common issue, largely driven by hormonal changes during puberty. Here’s how I can help:

  1. AlumierMD Products: AlumierMD offers a range of products specifically formulated to address acne. Their Acne Clarifying Cleanser contains salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate and clear pores, allowing for a clearer complexion. The AlumierMD Clarifying Serum is another excellent choice, targeting acne-causing bacteria and regulating sebum production.
  2. Dermalux LED Phototherapy: This non-invasive treatment uses three, evidence-based wavelengths of near-infrared, blue and red light which are absorbed into the skin at different levels. Dermalux reduces bacteria, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. It’s a great option for teenagers looking for a gentle, effective solution to manage their acne.

Treatments for Adult Acne

Adult acne can be particularly frustrating, often triggered by hormonal imbalances, stress, and lifestyle factors. I offer several advanced treatments to help adults combat acne:

  1. SQT Bio Microneedling: This innovative treatment enhances skin texture and reduces acne scars. In just 5 minutes, 3,000,000 natural siliceous microneedles are directly introduced into the dermis layer through hand massage to promote skin metabolism and stimulate collagen regeneration. 
  2. AlumierMD Peels: AlumierMD chemical peels can be highly effective in treating adult acne. These peels exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover, resulting in clearer, smoother skin.
  3. Dermalux LED Phototherapy: Just as effective for adults, Dermalux LED Phototherapy helps manage acne by reducing inflammation and promoting skin healing.

The Role of Diet and Hormones in Acne

Diet and hormones play significant roles in acne development. Consuming sugary foods, fizzy drinks, and dairy can all exacerbate acne while hormonal fluctuations, particularly in adults, can lead to breakouts.

Tips for Managing Acne Through Diet

  • Reduce Sugar Intake: High sugar levels can spike insulin, leading to increased oil production and acne.
  • Limit Dairy: Some studies suggest that dairy products, especially whole milk, can worsen acne.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support overall skin health. And don’t forget to ensure you’re keeping hydrated throughout the day.

10 Skincare Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face: Frequent touching can transfer bacteria and oils, worsening acne.
  2. Don’t Squeeze Your Spots: This can lead to scarring and further infection.
  3. Use Clean Face Cloths: Always use a fresh, clean cloth when cleansing your face to prevent bacteria build-up.
  4. Be Patient and Persevere: Acne treatments can take time to show results. Consistency and patience are key.
  5. Incorporate Acne-Fighting Ingredients: Look for products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, or niacinamide, which can help reduce acne and inflammation.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
  7. Practice Stress Management: Stress can trigger or worsen acne. Incorporate stress-relieving activities such as yoga, meditation, or exercise into your routine.
  8. Get Enough Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to help your body repair and regenerate skin cells.
  9. Change Pillowcases Regularly: Wash and change your pillowcases at least once a week to minimise the transfer of oil, dirt, and bacteria to your skin while you sleep.
  10. Consult a Skin Specialist: Booking a skin consultation with a skin specialist for professional advice will support you on your journey to clear skin faster and successfully.

Acne can be a challenging condition, but with the right treatments and skincare practices, it is manageable. I offer a range of effective solutions tailored to both teenagers and adults and I’d love to explore these with you to figure out what would be best for your skin. 

Achieving clear skin is a process that requires dedication and the right approach. If you’re struggling with acne and need personalised advice or treatment options, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with me. Together, we can develop a skincare plan that works for you.