Acne and Pimples

Acne: it can feel like an unfortunate, unfair, unattractive right-of-passage in our teenage years!

Whilst not everyone will experience full-blown acne, most of us will have the odd pimple or blackhead from time-to-time; sometimes even in our 30s!

Pimples and acne occur due to the changes in oil (sebum) glands and hair follicles in the skin. During puberty, when hormonal changes are rife, more sebum is produced and skin cells are shed. This then causes hair follicles to become blocked, which can cause bacteria to grow, inflammation to occur, and nasty little pimples, blackheads and whiteheads pop up.

Acne ‘to do’ list:

  • A regular skin cleansing routine – using suitable products (check with your pharmacist!)
  • Have a shower ASAP after exercising – avoid hanging out in sweaty gear!
  • Shave carefully and shampoo hair regularly
  • Enjoy a healthy diet and lifestyle
  • DO NOT SQUEEZE PIMPLES – no matter how tempting – as it can make them worse and cause scarring

Your UFS pharmacist is happy to discuss appropriate washes, moisturisers, make up and medication with you, to help combat acne and pimples!

Finally, despite myths and old wives’ tales, there is actually no conclusive evidence that eating chocolate causes acne; tis the season to be jolly!