Although tons of research has been done on the subject, it took awhile for researchers to understand that ultimately, acne comes down to genetics. Certain genes cause overproduction of sebum and dead skin cells. Because of this, acne can’t be cured, only controlled. Which means for some people, they will have to deal with it for most of their lives.
For that percentage of people, there are a lot of options out there for dealing with their acne but dismally few that actually show promising results.
Here we want to share a little bit of what we know about acne:
1) Acne is more prevalent in women
Women are more likely to develop acne during puberty, around the time of their cycle, during pregnancy, and during menopause. What do all these things have in common? You guessed it, high amounts of hormones! Which brings us to our next point.
2) Hormones play a big part
You’ve most likely noticed that acne begins for most people at puberty and tends to go away for most people when puberty is over. For others, however, this stage never ends, continuing well into adult life. While women are more likely to have acne triggers because of hormones, men can be affected too. An example of hormones causing acne for men would be those taking anabolic steroids. The high doses of androgens and testosterone can cause acne on the jaw, back, and chest.
3) Acne can be affected by lifestyle
Things like food, exercise, sun exposure, and makeup can make your acne go from bad to worse in no time. For more info on these topics, visit our Education Page.
4) Acne can be controlled
After what you’ve been through on your acne journey up to this point, this probably seems hard to believe. Most people who have acne have tried every OTC medication on the shelf, gone to dermatologists, and might have even tried strong medications and antibiotics. But there are definitely more effective ways to treat acne.
5) Some people never grow out of it and that’s okay
Acne affects 50% of women between the ages of 20-29 and 25% of women between ages 40-49. For adult men, the numbers aren’t quite as high but seeing as how 85% of teenagers go through it, we can safely assume that almost everyone has dealt with it at some point in their lives.
It’s sad to say that most people believe that acne is strictly linked to hygiene. If that were the case, we would have solved it long ago! Many who suffer with acne have tried everything in the book, including harsh chemicals and medications. It’s just not that easy.
Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for eliminating acne, but there are treatment plans that work wonders. Just take a look at our Results Page to see for yourself what a good regimen can do.
Finding what truly works for clearing your acne takes time, patience, knowledge, and the commitment to routine with products that are proven to help. There are no overnight cures for acne. But with a little help from your friends here at Skintherapy, we can make sure you’re headed in the right direction.