Acne can have a real effect on how people feel about themselves, so it can be inspiring to read about people’s journeys and successes in combating this morale-defeating condition.
When the Twins Day Festival took place in Twinsburg a few years ago, it wasn’t just a massive meeting place for multiples, but an opportunity to survey a “perfect study group” for the very prevalent skin condition of acne.
As published in the April issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, the study was able to separate genetic versus environmental factors that may contribute to acne severity by surveying 139 identical and fraternal twins (279 individuals) and one set of triplets. Both groups, on average, were predominantly female.
Perhaps not surprising, the study supports the thinking that there is a definite link between genetics and acne, as the findings show the proportion of pairs where twins have acne was significantly higher in identical (64 percent) versus fraternal (49 percent) twins. Additional factors, such as possible associations with other health conditions were also examined, including the relationship between acne and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), anxiety and asthma. There is definitely a genetic link when it comes to acne.
However, all is not lost even when you are born on the wrong side of clear skin. Here are some doctor-approved tricks to finally get a grip on this recurrent affliction.
Avoid Acne Foods
Studies have shown that people genetically predisposed to acne can reduce the intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates to help keep acne on the mild side.
“Using cosmetics that are non-comodegenic can also help reduce acne severity,” says Dr Kenneth Lee, medical director of SW1 Clinic. Besides using oil-free, water-based or powder cosmetics, ensure that your brushes and sponges are kept clean and dry. Don’t forget that bacteria and fungi can grow on damp surfaces, and this when transferred onto your skin can not only worsen acne but induce skin rashes that mimic acne.
Try: UNDO full face makeup remover is a must for makeup lovers. At the end of each week, soak your brushes in a mug mixed with UNDO makeup remover and water (equal parts), rinse and then dry.
Vitamin A for anti-acne
Hard work and retinol does make a difference. If you are under the care of a dermatologist, ask for topical tretinoin containing products. Both retinol and tretinoin are derivatives of vitamin A and works hard to fight against acne as well as prevent new acne formation. While the side effects of over-application are redness and flaking, this is easily attenuated by adjusting your skincare regime or adding a skin hydrator.
Try: Super Helper is a active vitamin A containing serum perfect for overnight skin clarification. In the A.M., go for Flawless with an UV stable formulation of retinol and other oil-stabilizing ingredients.
Make Acne Light Work
Studies have shown that combination therapy works wonders when it comes to fighting acne. That is why adding a therapy like Forever Clear BBL ups the clearance rates for many acne patients who have stagnated with skincare or facials. Forever Clear BBL uses three coloured broadband lights— blue, yellow and red to clear acne-causing bacteria, reduce redness and boost skin healing, all vital skin functions for acne recovery.
Try: Purity Program contains all the skin treatments you need to chase bad skin days away without downtime, and all arranged in neatly curated sessions so you do’t have to fret about anything else but getting clearer skin in no time.
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