Acne Treatment & Spot Creams
Acne is a common skin condition that results in spots, oily skin and inflammation. It usually occurs on the face, while the back and chest are also particularly prone to acne. Acne is caused by a naturally occurring skin bacterium called P. acne. While it is usually harmless, some things trigger a change in its activity, making it more aggressive, which leads to an acne breakout.
One of the main triggers for a change in the activity of P. acne is a change in hormones. This is why acne is particularly common in teenagers who are going through puberty. Hormones also cause the glands in the skin that produce oil to produce excess amounts of sebum, and the inner lining of hair follicles to thicken, which in-turn causes blocked pores.
Acne Creams, Gels & Face Washes
Topical treatments for acne are products that are applied directly to the skin, such as creams, gels and specialised acne face washes. These should help improve your symptoms.
We have a range of different products here at Tower Health specifically for treating acne, including:
- Antibacterial facewash - One of the causes of acne is bacteria on the skin a product such as Quinoderm Antibacterial Facewash is used just like soap, it contains chlorhexidine digluconate and mytrimonium bromide which helps with the treatment of acne.
- Nicotinamide gel - This is an anti-inflammatory active ingredient which helps to reduce the effects of acne, as featured in products such as Freederm Treatment Gel.
- Benzoyl peroxide - This is probably the most popular acne treatment. It is the active ingredient in Acnecide gel and Acnecide Face Wash, and reduces the skin bacteria that cause acne, by up to 95%.
Skincare for Acne-Prone Skin
- Keep your skin clean. However, you shouldn’t wash your face more than twice a day, as this can actually aggravate your skin. When you wash your face in the morning and evening, use lukewarm water (again, hot or cold water can make things worse).
- Use a mild facewash such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or Freederm Cleanser.
- Don’t squeeze spots. It might be tempting, but it can actually make them worse and cause scarring in the long term. Avoid using lots of cosmetics and makeup. This can aggravate your acne and further block pores.
- If you do wear make-up, you should make sure you remove it before bed. You can also try Skinetica, which can be used both as a toner and foundation for acne-prone skin.