Getting to the Root of Acne

facial acne Jun 2, 2021

Getting to the Root of Acne

June is acne awareness month, making it an opportune time to share our thoughts about this perplexing, but common skin condition. Those with acne often deal with much more than physical symptoms. The emotional and mental stresses of acne can last a lifetime so finding an effective and lasting treatment option as early on as possible is ideal.

Despite often being associated with the teen years, acne affects many adults too, and it is often more severe when it strikes in adulthood. We see acne patients of all ages. And at Skin Care by Shawna, we take a holistic and corneotherapeutic approach to acne, as we do with all skin conditions. Essentially what this means is that we get to the root cause of acne rather than simply treating the surface symptoms.

We offer an in-depth virtual assessment to first understand what is contributing to your acne. Then we tailor a unique treatment plan.

So what are the contributing factors to acne?

The most common factors are:

  • Hormones—this is why acne is so common in teens, because of the hormone surge that comes with puberty. This involves a complicated dance related to hormones and enzymes and although treating hormones is outside of our scope, working with enzymes within the skin is exactly what we do.
  • Inflammation—when we’re dealing with inflammatory acne, we’re working with more challenging territory, as this often indicates an imbalance in the body’s microflora and bacteria. Ideally, we’re going to start treating your skin before inflammation becomes a problem, but we also have a treatment tool kit to work from if the inflammation has already hit.
  • Changes in lipid content or composition—without going into too much scientific detail, typically it is an essential fatty acid deficiency or less common it can be an overproduction. Either way, this is not good for your skin, or specifically your acne, so we’ll look at ways that we can correct the imbalance.

Acne can also be caused by:

  • Genetics
  • Diet and lifestyle choices
  • Environmental stress

It’s worth noting that there is a common misconception that acne is caused by oily skin. Actually, acne is often a result of the skin becoming too dried out and can be related to using skincare products that are not suited to your skin type.

How Helpful Are Acne Treatments?

With vitamin recommendations and home products that target your specific skin issues, your acne will slowly start to improve and it eventually clears up over time.

When we treat acne, we focus on restoring your skin barrier function and keep your homecare regime as simple as possible. Because simple means easy to follow. And we use calming and soothing products that even skin tone, smooth the skin, and minimize the appearance of pores and scarring. I carry clinical-grade acne products that help to restore your skin barrier.

 

Questions, Product orders…

I carry clinical-grade acne products that help to restore your skin barrier.  Book your free 15-min phone call https://skincarebyshawna.as.me/schedule.php or send me an email, hello@skincarebyshawna.ca. I am here to help, thank you!

References:

IAC, International Association for Applied Corneotherapy, The 5 Factors That Contribute to Acne, https://www.corneotherapy.org/articles/254-the-5-factors-that-contribute-to-acne

 

 

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