Skin Stigma

Affecting over 50 million individuals annually, acne is the most common skin condition in America, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Yet, according the a recent AAD study, there seems to be little empathy towards those experiencing the condition.

Where acne is involved, social and work situations can become a source of discomfort, impacting one’s self confidence leading to unwanted stress, missed opportunities and more. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than preparing for a big meeting or event only to look in the mirror and notice that your skin is seemingly self destructing, leaving you scrambling to dab on last minute treatments and a thick layer of cover-up.

Although acne is a common condition that can persist from adolescence into adulthood, society seems to adhere to the following misconception: acne is a direct result of lacking personal hygiene. Guess what? This is simply not true. In fact, in many cases, those suffering from acne are instructed not to over cleanse as it can dry out the skin, lead to excess oil production and result in additional blemishes.

This frequent misconception may be the reason for the study’s shocking findings. When participants were shown images of acne, 62.5% reported being upset by the images and 80% reported feeling pity towards those with acne. In addition, 67.9% of participants say they would be ashamed to have the condition and find those with acne unattractive; 41.1% of participants say they would be ashamed to be seen in public with someone experiencing acne; and 44.6 per cent say they would be uncomfortable touching a person with visible acne.

Luckily, despite the misconceptions that may exist, acne is a non-contagious medical condition that can be treated effectively, with the right approach and treatment system. By incorporating products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinol into your daily skin routine, you can take control of your acne and enter any room with your head held high.

Benzoyl peroxide is bactericidal, killing bacteria rather than just slowing its growth. Benzoyl peroxide washes and lotions work best when used continuously. It unclogs pores of dead skin and works to prevent acne-causing bacteria prior to breakouts. Not only has Benzoyl peroxide been proven to reduce inflammatory lesions, but it also reduces the skin’s oil production. Although some minor irritation can be expected when using benzoyl peroxide, only 5% of people are actually allergic. When first using benzoyl peroxide products, alternating days of use or adjusting the percentage can help avoid dryness or redness. Incorporating Esterson’s Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Gel as a nightly spot cream is a good way to safely (and effectively) introduce benzoyl peroxide into your skincare regime. Just be sure to switch to white pillow covers and be mindful of clothing as benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics.

Salicylic acid, on the other hand, helps to exfoliate and decrease inflammation of the skin. It works to breakdown and dissolve the cement of cells that build in hair follicles, effectively clearing the pores and preventing breakouts. Although salicylic acid is acne-fighting, it also has a soothing effect on the skin. Esterson’s Gly/Sal 5-2 Cleanser combines the exfoliating properties of glycolic acid to remove the outermost layers of dead skin and promote healthy new skin cells, while soothing the skin with salicylic acid’s anti inflammatory properties.

Without oil deposits, bacteria cannot form acne. Retinol helps to alter the oil chemistry, effectively reducing breakouts and acne scars. Esterson’s Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 5x helps improve the overall texture and smoothness of skin. By combining caffeine to energize and Green Tea Polyphenols to further rejuvenate the skin, this retinol-based product is the perfect way to complete your skincare routine.

Life is busy and let’s face it, no one has time for acne. Don’t let your skin hold you back from opportunity, schedule your appointment with Esterson Dermatology today.

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