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What is acne? Are there different types of acne? Is there a difference between adult acne and teenage acne? What are the solutions? We offer you a comprehensive overview on what acne is and how to treat it - from existing solutions, to simple everyday habits, to the treatments reserved for the most severe cases.
Any treatment has its own drawbacks, we have therefore pointed out the potential side effects of each treatment, so that you may be better informed.
Seborrhea, hyperkeratosis, bacterial contamination, inflamed pimples, what are the causes and symptoms? What is the best solution- Zinc, etinoids, laser, vitamin A or a natural alternative treatment?
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Frequently asked questions about Acne
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Discover our hints and tips to fight acne and skin imperfections on a daily basis. What should you eat, or avoid eating when you have spots? Which acne treatments correspond to you? How should you take care of your skin? Tips and Hints
Combat Acne spots efficiently
Different definitions of different types of Acne, the causes of Acne. How to treat and look after your skin to get rid of Spots and blackheads. Find a solution now. More information
Our Laboratories offer the Akno Natura range to fight acne spots and imperfections. This range is 100% natural, suitable for all ages and these treatments are most effective on mild to moderate Acne. Our natural ingredients are based on algae which includes the famous Phlorogine, world renown for its effectiveness against acne.
Furthermore we offer our customers a wealth of practical advice and attentive service to better respond to your questions: how to use our products and what results to expect on your imperfections or spots?
We believe in a sincere and honest discussions. As we look into below, severe Acne is usually hormonal. Therefore, we would like to inform our customers that our products cannot resolve hormonal acne completely. However they contribute effectively to the reduction of visible pimples and blackheads.
The definition of Acne
Acne is a disease which provokes greasy skin with small cysts, red pimples and white heads, mostly affecting teenagers (85%) but it can also cause problems for numerous people who suffer acne well into their adulthood (especially women).
The causes of Acne
Often hereditary, Acne is associated with oily skin. It starts by obstructing the openings of our body's hair follicles and the sebaceous gland, in turn producing a micro-blackhead, then a micro-cyst. This proliferates bacteria, releasing substances that cause inflammation and the appearance of pimples and white heads on the skin.
From this we can recognise several essential factors in the development of acne spots:
-Excess production of sebum leads to greasy skin. This phenomenon is explained by the influence of male hormones (androgens). Fatty acids contained in the sebum cause spots and the occurrence of bacteria. This is why good hygiene practices are absolutely crucial in the treatment of Acne. Hence, being hygienic already eliminates a part of the causes of spots.
-Red pimples (papules)
-White heads (pustules)
-Big painful red pimples (nodules)
-If your parents have been suffering from Acne, you have a 45% chance of suffering this disease as well. On the contrary, if your parents were not hit by Acne, you have only an 8% chance of developing acne.
-If acne is influenced by male hormones, it is most probably due to a hypersensitive reaction in the sebaceous gland and it is interesting to note that acne is rarely provoked by a disease or disorder of the glands.
Acne targets the young and old alike... Maternal hormones in the blood of newborn children can cause acne, often this are caused by medicinal intakes during motherhood (pills, cortisone and anti-epileptic) or it can be due to environmental toxins.
Cosmetic professionals believe that Acne is generated by the application of comedogenic creams (creams which block pores).
The symptoms of Acne
Acne shows itself essentially on the face(99%), on the back(70%) and at the level of the thorax(15%).
Acne of oily skin (hyperseborrhea : abnormal level of sebum discharge), symptoms:
- Acne lesions: they prevail in the middle of the face (forehead, nose,chin)or the T zone and can extend in the upper part of the back and the thorax.Comedones:
- Closed Comedones: small skin coloured bumps which develop when plugs of skin cell and oil gets trapped within the hair follicle.
- Open Comedones (blackheads): blackheads as we all know is the consequence of the process of an oxidation, the follicle with the air causes its black tint.
Inflammatory lesions in Acne
- Papules: red elevation of the skin
- Pustules: whiteheads which are apparent on inflamed papules
- Nodules: big red pimples which are slightly elevated on the skin and hurt
Cysts are inflamed patches of skin, they are much larger than papules and the breakouts of cysts are painful. They are treated by opening the pore, stretching and extracting if necessary.
But treatment against Acne turns out to be effective on several types of lesions.
The after-effects of Acne
-Temporary marks of acne:
Red spots: papules and whiteheads leave behind red marks which stay for a few months most often.
Brown spots: patients with dark or coloured skin frequently develop coloured spots which persist a few months after the disappearance of papules.
- White spots: we often find these spots in numbers on less noticeable surfaces, like over the back or to the level of the thorax.
- Depressed scars of acne: these scars are sometimes wide but are not too deep, either rounded off or small, the scars look like a tiny ice pick punctured the skin.
- Scars after acne relief (keloids): these kind of scars overgrow as hard pimples, often where an injury has occurred. They are more visible on the skin surface and are raised and very unsightly. These kind of scars tend to be in areas such as the jaw line, upper part of the back or the thorax.
Other infections often mistaken for Acne
Certain affections might resemble Acne and they are sometimes mistaken for Acne. The principal ones are quoted as follows:
Rosacea: it hits adults and provokes red pimples and whiteheads, and are identical to those observed during acne, but the red pimples come with red blotchy skin (broken veins affected by rosacea, reddish or purplish discolouration of the skin: erythrosis).Our remedies constitute essential treatments for the Rosacea.
Folliculitis: known as 'hot tub rash'. Folliculitis forms red pimples as well as whiteheads, which are the consequences of an infection within the hair follicles. Often prevailing around the mouth (perioral dermatitis), they can sometimes result as a side effect from the application of a cortisone cream.
The contamination of germs during shaving sometimes provokes bacterial folliculitis. It is often referred to as 'acne of the beard' but long term antibiotic intakes can also be held responsible for what is called the 'acne of the beard'.
Pseudofolliculitis barbae also called the barber’s itch or razor bumps is frequently found in coloured people. They appear as red rashes around the hairs of the beard. Pseudofollicultis are also often referred to as 'acne of beard'.
The treatments of Acne
Local treatment of acne
1. Treatment of retentional Acne lesions (microcysts)
Cleaning : Cleaning the skin is essential for the treatment of acne, especially that which targets microcysts. Cleaning can be simple with good hygiene, especially with Akno Natura Complex for example. If the cysts remain pronounced, it is best to seek an appointment with a dermatologist.
Retinoids : Retinoids fight against blackheads, this is the basis of the treatment for Acne because there are always blockages of the pilosebaceous follicles. They are essential in the care of cystic acne.
The main Retinoids are tretinoin (Locacid®, Ketrel®, Retacnyl®, Effederm®), isotretinoin (Roaccutane gel®, antibiotrex®) and adapalene (Differin® gel and cream).
The treatment of Acne is often associated with retinoid benzoyl peroxide and/or a local or general antibiotic. Retinoids do, however, weaken the skin to sunlight. Read more
Azelaic acid (Skinoren®): Azelaic acid is effective on retenional lesions but also in inflammatory lesions. It is applied twice a day and can be moderately irritating.
Acidic Fruits : Creams with fruit acids (15%) can sometimes be associated with retinoids. Their application always provokes minor tingling for a short duration. Peels with glycolic acid (20-70%) are often effective and can be applied as a complete facial. Fruit acid treatments are an excellent complimentary treatment to cosmetic products.
Preparation of resorcinol Salicylic Acid: these preparations react in sunlight. They are sometimes irreplaceable in patients who cannot tolerate local retinoids and are not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.
2. Treatment of inflammatory lesions (red spots)
Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl Peroxide exists in soaps, creams and gel products. The concentrations of the products range from 2.5% to 10%. It is a little irritating, however often it discolours clothes permanently (like bleach)....
Local Antibiotics: You can use erythromycin (Eryfluid®, Stimycine®, Erythrogel®) in gel or lotion, or clindamycin (Dalacin T topic®). These products contain alcohol and/or propylene glycol which are irritants. Acne antibiotic treatment is sometimes associated with local retinoid and/or benzoyl peroxide.
Emitting diodes (LED)
Photodynamic therapy: the blue and red lights can be used in conjunction with a liquid photo-sensitiser (aminolevulinic acid delta) to treat inflammatory lesions of Acne. But it is not yet validated in France.
Zinc gluconate (Rubozinc®)
Its efficacy is modest and its usefulness is limited to mild acne, in addition to a local care.
Isotretinoin (roaccutane®, curacne®, procuta®, contracne®). Beware of side effects...Read more