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Acne, also known as Acne Vulgaris, affects 85-100% of people at some point in their lives. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there about acne. From old wives’ tales to well-meaning advice from family and friends, or claims made about home remedies and natural treatments. In order to effectively treat and prevent acne, it is important to first be able to separate fact from myth.

Here are 10 common statements that people often make about acne. Test your acne knowledge. You may be surprised at some of the answers…

Picture1#AcneMythBuster 1 - Adults aren’t supposed to get Acne?

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Answer: MYTH Adult acne is very common, especially amongst women. Clincial studies indicate an 40 - 55% of the adult population (20-40 age group) are diagnosed with a low grade persistent acne and oily skin. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54% of women older than age 25 have some facial acne mainly due to hormonal fluctuations, which women experience throughout their lives. It can even go into your 50s, right to menopause. For the last few decades, adult acne has been on the increase, which is often attributed to the rise in chronic stress. Lamelle Research Laboratories designed the clarity skin care range with Acnevelle supplement to offer a complete and effective homecare program for both Adolescent and Adult problematic skin.

Picture2#AcneMythBuster 2 – Acne can be cured?

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Answer: MYTH Although acne can be treated effectively there is no official cure for acne to date. Acne is a chronic skin condition, which means it is a continuous situation that exists on your skin and beneath its surface, which requires ongoing management. Acne may come and go at different times in your life, but even after your acne breakout clears, you should always be concerned with keeping it under control by following a daily acne treatment routine, such as the Clarity range and Acnevelle supplement by Lamelle Research Laboratories.

Picture3#AcneMythBuster 3 - Pimples can develop overnight?

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Answer: MYTH It is widely thought that acne spots develop quickly overnight or in the space of a day or two but acne formation is a complicated process. It can actually take 1 to 2 weeks for a spot to fully develop before it shows up on your skin. It’s not just one thing gone wrong, there are four primary factors which conribute to the devleopment of acne: 1: Excess dead skin cells clog the pore 2: Overproduction of oil in the skin (sebum) 3: Infection of p. acnes bacteria in the pore 4: Inflammation (swelling) as a reaction to the bacteria, which causes an acne lesion. That’s why it’s important to address acne before it reaches the surface by following a preventative acne homecare program that targets all of these factors. The Clarity skin care range by Lamelle Research Laboratories contains anti-inflammatory, anti-infective and skin cell turnover technologies, including patented retinoid therapy, to help break the acne cycle.

Picture4#AcneMythBuster 4 – It’s ok to squeeze pimples?

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Answer: MYTH We can’t stress this enough - Don’t pop, squeeze, or pick at pimples, as this can promote inflammation, infection and cause permanent scarring No mater how frustrating it is, it is better to let it runs its course and apply a medicated spot treatment to help speed up the healing process e.g. Clarity Active Control, made by Lamelle Research Laboratories. If you squeeze an inflammatory lesion (papules, pustules, nodules) it actually drives the infected sebum deeper into the pore making the area more red, infected and inflamed and the lesion will stay around longer. More importantly, you risk bursting the underlying capsule, releasing sebum and bacteria into the deeper layers of the skin, which can leave a damaging, sometimes permanent, scar in its place. The only time it is ok to do extractions is when you have non –inflammatory congestion i.e. black or white heads where the pus is at the surface waiting to be released, however it is recommended you rather leave it up to your professional skin care therapist.

Picture5#AcneMythBuster 5 – Stress causes acne?

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Answer: FACT: If you have ever felt your acne becomes more severe in stressful situations you are probably right. Scientific research has found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. Stressful situations trigger the release of hormones including androgens, which stimulate the oil glands and other chemicals that cause inflammation and make acne worse. This explains why adult acne can be an on-going problem when our lifestyles are under constant stress. Lamelle Research Laboratories unique Acnevelle oral supplement, contains a potent anti-inflammatory blend of high dose Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) and Zinc Picolinate, which helps reduce the inflammatory response caused by stress, keeping breaks-outs at bay

Picture6#AcneMythBuster 6 – Eating a specific food e.g. chocolate or greasy food causes acne?

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Answer: MYTH. There is no clear scientific evidence that eating a specific food such as chocolate or greasy food, causes acne. However researchers have indicated that acne is more prevelant in a westernised high glycemic index diet (i.e. overall diet not the intake of one or two specific foods) compared to a non-westernised diet. When you eat a diet containing lots of sugary and starchy food, the high sugar load increases blood levels of the hormone insulin, which can lead to inflammation. A high carb diet also triggers hormones that increase the activity of sebaceous glands in the skin. Both of these factors are known to contribute to the formation of acne. However more studies are needed and in larger numbers to draw any conclusive proof.

Picture7#AcneMythBuster 7 – Spot treating pimples clears up acne?

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Answer: MYTH. Whilst treating visible pimples with a spot treatment, such as Lamellle’s Clarity Active skin control, can help reduce inflammation and speed up healing of an exisiting pimple, it is not sufficient treatment on its own. Acne is the underlying condition that creates your present and future pimples - spots are just the final stage in the acne process! To prevent future spots from developing, you need to treat the entire area, before acne reaches the surface, not just the spots you can see today. Lamelle Research Laboratories follows an “inside-out” treatment approach” by incorporating the Clarity topical treatment range together with the oral supplement, Acnevelle, to provide a complete treatment program for acne prone skins.

Picture8#AcneMythBuster 8 – Dirty skin causes acne?

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Answer: MYTH Acne is not caused by dirt or uncleanliness. The P. Acne bacteria involved in acne is already naturally present on all skins, this is not something you can pick up in public places and transfer to your pores. Gently washing the skin twice a day with mild, non-drying cleanser containing salicylic acid such as Clarity Active Cleanser, is sufficient to remove excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. Excessive washing or using harsh cleansers or astringents will strip the lipid barrier of the skin resulting in dryness, irritation and inflammation and can make your acne worse.

Picture9#AcneMythBuster 9 – Tanning clear up acne?

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Answer: MYTH When it comes to acne, the sun is not your friend. Although it may feel like it’s drying up your pimples, the sun causes inflammation, something you want to avoid when treating acne. Additionally, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light rays damage the surface of the skin, causing sunburn, releasing free radicals and destroying cellular DNA, which can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. Certain active ingredients in topical acne products e.g. Retinoids and Salicyclic acid can also make the skin more sensitive to UV light so it’s crucial for acne sufferers to avoid sun exposure and wear a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.

Picture10#AcneMythBuster 10 – Acne scars can be prevented?

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ANSWER: FACT In most cases, early treatment of acne will effectively control the condition and can prevent the development of noticeable acne scars. That’s why it’s important to start an effective acne treatment program as soon as possible to and then continue following your routinue an ongoing basis to keep your acne under control. If you have a family history of severe or cystics acne and / or start to develop deeper nodules, you should seek medical intervention. By effectively treating and preventing acne, Lamelle Research Laboratories Clarity skin care range, not only helps to reduce the risk of acne scarring but also contains active ingredients to help with the secondary complications such as scarring, dark marks and skin dryness.

 

So now that you have a better understanding of the causes of acne and the complexity of acne formation, the good news is that Lamelle Research Laboratories offers a complete treatment solution for problematic skin, which address all these factors. Their unique “inside-out” treatment principle, which incorporates oral and topical therapy, offers an effective, synergistic approach for mild to moderate acne in adolescents and adults. Taken together, Lamelle’s entire Clarity and Acnevelle range gives you up to 88% improvement in inflammatory acne within just four to eight weeks of use. It is suitable for all ages, skin tones and skin types.

Book your complimentary acne skin consultation with one of our skincare specialists at Legs 11 Aesthetics by calling us on 0861-324-752  or Book Online, to find out more about this innovative range and receive a personalised treatment programme to keep your skin clear, healthy and scar and acne-free!

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Note: The Lamelle Research Laboratories Clarity and Acnevelle range does NOT replace the need for medical intervention for more severe acne or nodular disease.

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