ADULT
ACNE

The La Roche-Posay team discuss some of the causes of adults getting acne and share skincare tips and treatment options. Get inspired!

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How can I get rid of acne scars?

Acne should be treated early and effectively to prevent scarring. Severe acne scars are difficult to treat and generally require therapies such as deep chemical peels, dermal filler, energy devices and other procedures such as micro-needling or subcision. The best treatment option is tailored to the individual. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of acne?

Early acne should be treated with the appropriate skincare with effective active ingredients such as salicylic acid and niacinamide to adress blocked pores and inflammation. It is very important to use gentle skincare in acne. If the acne is not responding to skincare alone it is best to seek medical advice early. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What causes acne?

The basic process seen in the formation of acne is one where the pore becomes blocked with excess dead skin cells and oil. This blockage then becomes the site of both infection and inflammation resulting in red bumps, pustules and in some cases deep cystic lesions. Genetics play a vital role in acne. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of back acne?

Given it is hard to access the back and apply creams to large areas, it is best to start with a medicated wash such as benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid for acne on the body. If however the acne is severe with cysts or scarring then medical treatment should be initiated early. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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SUGAR CAN MAKE
ACNE WORSE.

TRUE

Recent studies have shown that high Glycemic Index foods - the ones that cause blood sugar to spike- can make acne worse. We know it's easier said than done, but to keep your skin happy, steer away from sweets, sugary drinks, and goodies made from white flour and stick to high-fibre foods, like whole grains and pulses, instead.
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SQUEEZING A PIMPLE
WON'T DO YOU MUCH GOOD.

TRUE

Even if it seems like a quick fix, squeezing a pimple will actually make things worse for your acne-prone skin as it could actually damage the infected hair follicle and increase inflammation. You could even introduce a new infection with your fingernails. So popping zits is a harmful habit and best avoided.
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CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN.

FALSE

There is no solid evidence that chocolate has any effect on acne, even if everyone is different so acne could cause breakouts to some people. Dark chocolate is actually filled with skin-loving anti-oxidants.
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OILY FOODS
EQUALS OILY SKIN.

FALSE

A common acne myth is that grease on your plate translates to more oil in your pores, but there is no direct link between the two. However, a diet rich in saturated fat can fuel micro-inflammation in all of the body's organs, including the skin. In short, bacon and chips won't cause acne, but moderation is the best policy for overall health.
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ADULT
ACNE

Adult acne is annoying. While most of us expect to be affected by spots at some stage during our teen years, it seems incredibly unfair to still be dealing with pimples into our 20s, 30s and beyond. That said, it’s not uncommon at all, one third of total acne-related visits to dermatologists are made by women over the age of 25.

According to Senior Scientific Advisor at La Roche-Posay Australia, this is at least in part because the nature of adolescent skin and post-adolescent skin is different. “Younger skin tends to be oilier, whereas adult skin is drier,” she says. As a result of this general difference in texture, adult acne manifests more deeply and often hangs around longer, too.

Because there’s no single answer to the question of what causes pimples, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, either. That’s right, there’s no one best acne treatment for adults. Fisher advises seeking out a skin expert who can advise on what kind of treatment would suit you best. If you’re keen to get a head start, there are a few helpful-for-most adult acne treatments you can try at home. Keep reading for 3 straightforward tips that could help achieve a clearer complexion.

 

Stick to a Consistent Routine

Regardless of the cause of your acne, there is one thing that benefits everyone—committing to a steady skincare regime. Simple is generally best, so don’t go crazy splashing out on products galore. The basics include a gentle-but-effective cleanser that doesn’t strip, a hydrating moisturiser and daily broad spectrum sunscreen. (Also? Don’t squeeze. Ever.)

Exfoliate (But Not Too Much)

Keeping your pores clear on the regular is important but overdoing it with exfoliation can do more harm than good. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo (+) is a moisturiser that contains clarifying and anti-bacterial salicylic acid helping to reduce blemishes and clogged pores. A bestseller in Europe, it is potent but not so powerful that it’ll irritate sensitive skin types.

Consider Blue Light Therapy

Believed to have a frequency that is able to kill P. acnes (the bacteria that causes pimples), blue light is used by dermatologists to assist in mild to moderate acne cases. Whilst there isn’t a whole lot of research out there to support long-term effectiveness, many patients report success. If you’re not keen on taking medication, you might like to try this option first.

If you do end up on prescription medication to manage your acne, keep your skin hydrated with a soothing moisturiser like La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar H - designed to be used alongside anti-acne drugs.

DISCLAIMER: The content above is provided for your information only. It is not intended as medical advice, and you should use your own judgement regarding health information and seek independent specialist advice prior to making any decisions regarding your individual circumstances.

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The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.