Here are some simple things you can do to prevent or treat acne, according to a new report from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Key points:Experts have warned that the spread of acne is rising, especially in children and young peopleSource: NICE guidelinesHow do you treat acne?
What is acne?
Acne is a common skin condition affecting around one in five adults in Australia.
It affects the skin’s surface and mucous membranes, but it’s the underlying cause that is often overlooked.
It’s caused by an imbalance of the levels of two chemicals: sebum and sebum gel, which form the base of the skin.
People who have acne also have higher levels of the protein called sebum antigens, which are found in the oil glands of the face and scalp.
Acne can cause skin problems, including psoriasis, eczema, dryness and rough, flaky skin.
“It’s a huge problem in Australia,” said Dr Michael Panksepp, an expert in dermatology at RMIT University in Melbourne.
“We are seeing a lot of skin changes in our young people and older people, and we’ve seen an increase in acne as well.”
Acne has a huge impact on the body.
It’s also a major risk factor for the heart disease and diabetes.
“The biggest problem we see is that we’re really just not seeing the right people get the right care.”
In 2016, more than two million Australians aged between 20 and 49 developed acne, more common in women than men.
Dr Pankselp says there’s a lack of awareness about the disease and the importance of getting the right treatment for acne.
“You need to do it for the skin and then the rest of your body,” he said.
“If you don’t, you’ll have problems with your heart, the immune system, and that can have an impact on your overall health.”
When you’re in your 40s and 50s and in your 60s, it becomes a bigger problem.
“The National Institute of Health and HealthCareers (NICE) guidelines state that if you’re considering getting treatment for a skin problem, such as acne, make sure to ask your GP if you want to see a specialist.
If you have acne, you need to get the correct treatment from your GP.”
I have a problem with my acne, and I can’t get the proper treatment because it’s not a problem for me,” Dr Panksey said.
You may also want to:Get the right moisturiserIf you’re worried about the impact on skin, there’s some good news: moisturiser is effective in reducing the amount of sebum in your skin.
The Australian Institute of Dermatology (AID) recommends a good moisturiser for people with acne.AID’s Dermatologist Dr David Anderson said it was important to use a moisturiser that was formulated to help dry skin.
But he also cautioned against relying on the moisturiser as the only treatment.”
Most people with dry skin have more of an issue with acne, so they use a lot more products and they’re just drying out,” he told ABC Radio National’s Your Morning Breakfast.”
A lot of people have really poor skin health and if you don´t have dry skin, then the moisturising products you’re using can do a lot to help with your acne.
“Dr Pocksepp says that you may want to try a moisturising cream or gel as well, especially if you suffer from acne.”[If you get] acne or if you have oily skin, or you have dry, flakey skin, moisturisers are really good for dry skin,” he added.”
They’re a really good choice.
“Find out moreAbout this studyDr Pankaep says it’s important to keep up to date on what’s being researched and how you can help.”
There are some very effective treatments that have been shown to help prevent acne,” he explained.”
But it is still important to get your skin checked and treated.
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