Acne: What Causes it and What Kind of Acne Treatment Provides Acne Control

Acne can be treated and…even better prevented!

As with most skin conditions, acne does not have a simple cure but the good news is that it can be treated effectively, with the best approach to “treatment” being prevention. We developed the LPAR Acne Control Skin Care Line to help prevent breakouts by protecting and nourishing acne prone skin and to help avoid premature aging from potential skin damage.

Although we know that hormones, stress and heredity influence the tendency to have acne, it’s what happens under the surface and on top of your skin that causes painful breakouts.

According to the Mayo Clinic, three factors contribute to acne breakouts:

  • Over production of oil (sebum)
  • Irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin
  • Buildup of bacteria

The ‘spot treatment’ of acne only when and where it breaks out is not correct, as experienced doctors who successfully treat and help prevent acne will tell you. In reality, the best treatment is a consistent, daily skin care regimen that combines:

  • A gentle, deep cleanser
  • Hydration serum
  • Bacteria eliminating cream
  • Regular exfoliation
  • Sun protection

Here are some “Dos and Don’ts” for acne control:

DO:

  • Follow a skin care regimen twice daily that removes excess oil, bacteria colonization, and dead skin cells while protecting and hydrating the skin.
  • Remove make up thoroughly before going to sleep.
  • Avoid irritants like sunburn. Use solar protection with Zinc Oxide. Because of its unique ability to block the harmful ultraviolet rays (UVA & UVB) that cause sunburn and skin cancer, Zinc Oxide provides broader sun protection than other sun screening agents, in addition to its natural soothing and healing properties.
  • Perspiration is another irritant to acne, which traps dirt and bacteria. Wash perspiration off as soon as possible.
  • Eat a diet rich in anti-oxidants and healthy fats and avoid high-starch foods. Although fatty foods and chocolate have not been found to cause acne, preliminary research is showing that eating healthy and maintaining low blood sugar does appear to help with acne.

DON’T:

  • Squeeze your skin if you have a breakout – it spreads bacteria, which can make the breakout worse AND can scar your skin for life.
  • Wash your skin more than twice daily or use harsh products…this can actually worsen acne by irritating skin and stimulating the production of oil.
  • Wear heavy foundation makeup or creams that seal in bacteria and clog hair follicles.
  • Use dramatic treatments like laser, micro-dermabrasion, or antibiotics until you have explored less invasive alternatives.

The principles of following a regime and the “Do’s and Don’ts” apply regardless of what type of acne you suffer from and is effective for adolescents and adults.

Here is the LPAR Skin Care Acne Control Regime.