Acne is Ireland’s most common skin disorder and it is estimated that a whopping 80% of the population deal with the condition at some point, regardless of age.
The inflammatory skin condition usually presents itself in early teenage years because of hormonal changes in the body, but it can still hang around in your 20s, 30s and 40s.
Acne occurs as a result of excess oil on the skin. As your skin is shedding, dead skin cells get trapped in oil and that is a really good breeding ground for acne bacteria.
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This causes inflammation in the skin, and this in turn results in breakouts.
A healthy and consistent skincare routine is key in keeping acne breakouts at bay – but you need to make sure that you are using the correct ingredients.
Here, skincare expert Eavanna Breen talks us through the three must-haves for anyone suffering from acne.
We hear it time and time again, but the importance of wearing SPF daily cannot be underestimated.
Eavanna tells RSVP Live: “The one thing you absolutely need to use is sunscreen. If the lipid barrier on your skin is compromised, and usually it is for people who have acne, you’re even more vulnerable to UV damage, so wearing sunscreen is really important.
“People who suffer from acne tend to not want to wear products on the heavy skin, which some sunscreens can be, but I would encourage people to find a sunscreen that works for them and make sure they are using it on a daily basis so that UV rays aren’t further damaging the lipid barrier.
“Sunscreen also protects collagen in the skin, which helps to heal and repair and reduces the risk of scarring.”
Retinol is an ingredient that we have heard of a lot in the beauty world in recent years, and while it can be extremely helpful in clearing up acne, you should always get expert advice before using it.
Eavanna explains: “Retinol can be fantastic when it comes to acne, but it needs to be introduced to the skin in a slow way.
“You can’t use it too aggressively too fast. You always should start with a low dose, maybe two or three times aa week to begin with. Let the skin acclimatise to it and as it gets used to it, you can increase the usage of it.”
Much like retinol, vitamin A can be very beneficial but it is important to start with small doses to allow your skin to build up your vitamin A receptors.
As you increase your dose of Vitamin A, you are also increasing your Vitamin A receptors and allowing your skin to tolerate higher doses.
“Starting on a high dose of vitamin A will mean that you are more likely to have a retinoic reaction, which can cause redness, inflammation, dryness, breakouts and irritated skin,” Eavanna says.
She adds that Vitamin A can also be taken orally to help reduce inflammation associated with acne.
“It will help with those sore pimples and pustules that are tender to touch. It can take time to see results with Vitamin A so perseverance is the key.”
As June is Acne Awareness Month, Eavanna wants to put out the message that you don’t have to suffer in silence and there is help available.
She tells us: “Go to a skin therapist and get advice. Sometimes it’s the smallest tweak someone needs to help.
“There is no cure for acne, but you can manage it so breakouts are fewer and far in between.”
Eavanna and her expert team are available for skin consultations at Akina Beauty and Laser Clinic on Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. They will work with you to find the perfect in-clinic treatments to get you to your optimum skin help and they will also ensure you are using the perfect products for your individual skin’s needs at home.
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