Get Control Of Your Skin With Cetaphil's Dermacontrol
4 April 2014, 2:51PM
Niche Marketing Group
Acne is normally associated with teenagers with braces but for many women in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s, acne is a reality. In fact, acne will affect 85 per cent of Australians at some time in their life, with 5 per cent of acne sufferers having a more severe case called cystic acne.
Acne occurs when there is an increase in the production of sebum which, when combined with an increase in the number of dead skin cells, leads to clogging of the sebaceous gland openings. Bacteria then accumulates in the blocked glands, causing inflammation.
“Acne affects patients not only physically, but also emotionally and socially.” Says Dermatologist Dr Ann-Maree Kurzydlo. “There are many options for managing acne, which include topical products, oral antibiotics, hormonal treatments, and in severe cases, oral retinoids. A doctor or a dermatologist can tailor treatment according to the nature and severity of the acne in the individual. A combination of a sensible cleansing routine, use of products that are suitable for acne prone skin (e.g. oil free makeup, moisturiser and sunscreens), and prescribed treatments all contribute to the successful treatment of acne.”
Causes of acne may include:
- Hormonal changes such as those occurring during the menstrual cycle, stopping the pill and pregnancy can cause acne flare ups
- Stress causes the body to produce more androgens – a hormone that stimulates glands and oil production
- Skin care routines and oily makeup can clog pores
- Certain medical conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome may contribute to adult acne
Suggestions to help manage acne include:
- Cleansing – use a cleanser specifically developed for acne-prone skin such as Cetaphil’s Dermacontrol Oil-Control Foam Wash. Try washing the affected areas twice a day and don’t overdo it. Too much cleansing can cause other skin problems, such as dryness or skin irritations.
- Make-up – choose water-based and oil-free products to avoid clogging pores and worsening acne. Thoroughly remove make-up before going to bed.
- Don’t squeeze – picking pimples can make them worse and lead to scarring.
- Reduce stress – stress causes the release of hormones that make oil glands release more oil onto the skin. This is why pimples seem to magically appear on stressful days, such as at the time of an important meeting or big date.
- Diet – a common myth is that fatty foods and chocolate can cause pimples. While there is no strong evidence to support this, certain foods seems to exacerbate acne in some people and make it worse. Research has also shown that a low GI diet may help some people with acne.
Cetaphil’s Dermacontrol Range
Formulated for acne-prone skin, Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Control Foam Wash contains an innovative oil-absorbing zinc complex that helps reduce surface sebum levels in acne patients, without disrupting the skin’s moisture barrier and is the first step to obtaining skin balance. The Foam Wash is soap-free, designed to remove excess oil, is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. RRP $15.99.
The second step in the regime, Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Free Facial Moisturising Lotion, provides SPF30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and has been formulated with Ceramide Technology to help replenish the skin barrier and hydrate for up to 24 hours. It works to improve the appearance of treated acne skin by significantly decreasing the roughness and dryness of treated skin. It is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Free Facial Moisturising Lotion also includes Oleosome Sun Protection Technology, achieving a high SPF rating with fewer sunscreen agents and at lower concentrations to minimise potential skin irritations. RRP $20.99.
View the full Cetaphil product range on www.cetaphil.com.au