Acne Prone Skin
Ugh – acne.
When you have acne, especially when it’s on your face, it can feel like the only thing you want to do is close the door and stay in bed. It’s hard to cover up, it can stick around for years and just when one eruption ends, another seems to pop up in its place.
’I experienced pustular acne for two years. It related to an allergic condition to medications I was given. I felt out of control. My face was so sore that I couldn’t lie down and I despaired that I would never look the same again.’
Kiri, AMPERNA® Founder
There are many things that can trigger acne, but thankfully there are more and more treatments available to reduce or clear acne flare-ups.
We know that it can be difficult to manage skin concerns like acne, so we developed the AMPERNA® range for people like you.
All of AMPERNA®’s products have been tested on real people with real skin concerns, including acne prone skin.
Which AMPERNA® Products can be Used by People with Acne?
At AMPERNA® we’re committed to creating simple, active products specially formulated for sensitive and troubled skin.
The whole AMPERNA® range is suitable for use by people suffering from acne prone skin. Our products were formulated because AMPERNA® founder Kiri struggled with pustular acne herself.
AMPERNA® Ultra Gentle Soothing Cleanser is a light gel cleanser specifically formulated with acne prone skin, eczema, dermatitis, perioral dermatitis and rosacea in mind. This ultra gentle formulation rinses clean without leaving an irritating residue or upsetting pH levels. It contains an infusion of sage and cucumber extracts to help cool, soothe and nourish skin.
AMPERNA® products contain a unique probiotic complex that delivers good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively. Recent studies have found that probiotic supplements and probiotic skin care can help to effectively reduce total acne lesion counts and help decrease oil production over a 12 week period. (Source: aad.org)
So how do topical probiotics for acne work? Probiotics applied directly to the skin sit on the skin’s surface and create a “bacterial interference". They work in a similar way to antibiotics in the treatment of acne and rosacea. Probiotics have antimicrobial properties as they can create holes in bad bacteria and kill them which stops the bacteria from triggering inflammation.
Continued use of our AMPERNA® 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and uneven skin tone.
When using glycolic acid and other AHAs, always wear sunscreen and appropriate sun protection. Chemical exfoliants can increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
As everyone's skin is different we recommend you undertake a spot test in a small, discreet area to test for adverse reactions before using any new product.
What Causes Acne?
Acne occurs when hair follicles become blocked with bacteria, dead skin cells and oil. This can result in blackheads, whiteheads, cysts or pimples (also called comedones). In severe cases, it can lead to scarring.
Acne is very common in the teenage years due to hormonal changes. During puberty our sebaceous glands (which are attached to hair follicles) start to secrete oil. In some instances, the glands become blocked by debris. A pimple erupts when bad bacteria grow in a clogged pore and the oil can’t escape.
Adult acne is also quite common. According to Prevention, it affects 35% of women in their 30s, 26% in their 40s, and 15% of over 50s. Many people list triggers as stress, changes to hormone levels, changes to pore size and dietary factors.
Why are Some People More Likely to get Acne than Others?
There are many myths surrounding the causes and triggers of acne.
Some people believe that oily or fatty foods make it worse, but there’s no scientific evidence to support this. You may want to read this interesting article on the relationship of diet and acne if you’re one of those people who have been told to change your diet to manage your acne. The jury is still out on this discussion.
There are factors that have been shown to increase your likelihood of developing acne including:
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medications including some birth control pills and corticosteroids
- Having parents that suffered from acne
According to recent research, for some people it may actually come down to good bacteria vs bad bacteria.
Research conducted by the University of California (UCLA) uncovered that the bacteria on the skin of people who suffer from acne is usually different to the bacteria on the skin of those who don’t tend to experience breakouts. While some bacteria can trigger acne, the ‘good’ bacteria strains may actually protect the skin.
‘We were interested to learn that the bacterial strains looked very different when taken from diseased skin, compared to healthy skin,’ said co-author Dr. Noah Craft, a dermatologist and director of the Center for Immunotherapeutics Research at LA BioMed at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. ‘Two unique strains of P. acnes appeared in one out of five volunteers with acne but rarely occurred in clear-skinned people.’
They also discovered a third strain of bacteria that was common in healthy skin, yet rarely found on those affected by acne. They suspect that this third strain contains a natural defence mechanism, which may protect the skin in a similar way to how the live bacteria in yogurt can help to defend our gut from bugs.
Find out more about the research at the UCLA website.
AMPERNA®’s founder Kiri actually noticed the link between bacteria and skin health while trying to heal her own troubled skin. While on an anti inflammatory diet, she found that the probiotics and zinc she was taking helped her internally. That was when Kiri recognised the need for a product range like AMPERNA®.
AMPERNA®’s unique probiotic complex delivers good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively.
What are the Symptoms of Acne?
While acne most commonly develops on your face, it can appear pretty much anywhere on your body. Other common places for breakouts include the back, neck, chest and shoulders.
Some people mainly get blackheads, while others have a combination of whiteheads, red spots and blackheads.
Many dermatologists will grade acne from levels 1-4 in terms of severity. Grade 1 is mild, while grade 4 is severe.
Severe Types of Acne
Pimples, blackheads and whiteheads are hard enough to deal with, but life can really get difficult when severe acne strikes.
The most severe forms of acne present in the form of nodules, cysts and a condition know as acne conglobata.
Acne conglobate is a rare form of highly inflammatory acne where cysts and nodules begin to grow together deep below the skin. If left untreated, these severe types of acne can lead to life-long scarring. You can read more about this debilitating form of acne on the Healthline website.
It’s definitely a good idea to see a doctor or dermatologist if you think you are experiencing severe acne break-outs like those mentioned above.
What are the Best Treatments for Acne?
While there are now many effective treatments for acne (thank goodness for that!), the same treatments will not work for everybody. You may need to try a few different things before you find something that works for you.
For those with mild acne, over the counter treatments and face washes could be of great help.
For those with more severe forms of acne, you may need to see a dermatologist.
They have a wide variety of treatments including:
- Topical treatments that can help to kill the bacteria and reduce the oil
- Medical treatments that work internally to help treat cysts and nodules (including antibiotics and isotrentinoin)
- Procedures such as laser and light therapies to reduce the bacteria or chemical peels to treat blackheads and pustules
For more information about these and other acne treatments, visit the American Academy of Dermatology website.
Home Treatments for Acne
If you’re the type of person who likes to try natural or home remedies before seeing a GP or dermatologist, there are many ingredients and treatments believed to be of help.
Some home/natural remedies are topical in nature, while others seek to work on gut health and heal the body from the inside.
Some of the ingredients believed to be of help include:
- Tea tree oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
- Aloe vera
The Health Line website has a detailed article on powerful home remedies for acne that you may find useful.
The list starts with a recommendation to always cleanse gently, tone to restore PH balance, use healing masks and exfoliate regularly.
They recommend spot treatment with tea tree oil, using basil and essential oils to fight bacteria and adding a probiotic supplement to your diet.
Have you found any natural/home treatments to be of help for your acne? Let us know if you have, we love to hear about what has been successful for our customers.
You can read reviews of how our products have helped other people with similar skin conditions here.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. If symptoms persist, we recommend that you see your GP or dermatologist.