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What you should know about acne

Do you think blemish-free skin is the result of a miracle? If you’ve been cursed with acne-prone skin, it is likely that you have spent a lot of time doing research on how to get rid of it. You’ve been told to use natural or chemical remedies and, so far, nothing has worked.

Present are (from left) Leslaw Rudy, president and
country manager, Galderma Philippines; Dr.
Flordeliz Abad-Casintahan, chairman of the Acne
Board of the Philippines and chairman of the Jose
R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center Department of
Dermatology; Dr. Socouer Oblepias, consultant
dermatologist at the Research Institute for Tropical
Medicine, Medical Center Parañaque and AcneCure
Based on studies, acne vulgaris is common among adolescents. People who have acne are perceived to be shy, unkempt or boring as opposed to those who have clear skin who are seen to be clean and neat. Having acne is not a rite of normal passage and response to inflammation-causing acne varies from one person to another. There is always a way to prevent and stamp out these breakouts, and the more you delay treatment, the more complications you will get.

What you think is right is not

Popping and picking at acne. Keep your hands away from your face. Hands are more prone to pick up and transfer bacteria to your face which will only aggravate acne. Popping acne on your own is not advisable as dirty fingernails, unsanitary conditions and improper techniques lead to infection. Incorrect acne extraction prolongs the healing time and increases your chances of leaving a permanent scar on your face.

Trying too many products at once. Layering on different kinds of creams will only lead to skin disasters. Different products have different formulations and ingredients which could irritate your skin and cause another breakout. Instead, resolve to diligently use a product for two to three weeks (it takes this amount of time for a product to work) and if it doesn’t work slowly introduce another product to your skin.

Over-scrubbing or over-cleansing. We may have the same aversion to acne as dirt on a clean floor. However, stop yourself from going obsessive compulsive on your skin. Over-cleansing or over-scrubbing does more harm than good as it strips your skin of essential oils that are needed to keep skin moisturized and healthy.

What to do?

The new Galderma Benzac
skin care line that promises
to get rid of acne.
Understand first that one of the causes of acne is the increase in production of sebum which can be caused by changes in hormone levels or stress. The problem begins when excess oil combines with dead skin cells within hair follicles, pores can become blocked and infected with bacteria. This is medically referred to as comedones.

To effectively treat acne, it is important to unblock the pores and reduce the number of acne-causing bacteria. One of the effective treatments is benzoyl peroxide which is recommended by dermatologists as highly effective. It mildly peels the skin surface and unblocks the pores.

What Benzac AC, with the help of benzoyl peroxide, does is to clear acne. It is the only acne treatment that contains Acrylates Copolymer/glycerin complex which absorbs excess oil from the skin’s surface while delivering hydrating glycerin.

Combine this with eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly, you should be on your way to a cleaner, healthier, acne-free skin.

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