Many of us will experience breakouts at some stage, as hormonal acne can affect both teenagers and adults at all stages of life. However, some of us can suffer from more severe acne vulgaris, which can be debilitating; causing blocked pores, blackheads, cystic acne and eventually acne scarring.
Some would have you believe that you need to accept your acne, but whether you suffer from the odd hormonal breakout or severe, painful acne, there is a regime out there that will reduce and ultimately prevent breakouts of spots and acne flares. A little bit of professional advice might be all you need (and we offer that for free). Discover our curated skincare range with proven results including acne face wash and cleansers, acne treatment serums and acne control products below. For more guidance, why not book a free online video skincare consultation with one of our Skin Experts?
Facial acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It is characterized by the appearance of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the face, particularly on the forehead, nose, and chin. Acne is caused by a combination of factors, including hormonal changes, genetics, and the presence of certain bacteria on the skin.
Hormonal changes, particularly during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can lead to the production of excess oil on the skin, which can clog pores and lead to acne. Genetics also play a role in the development of acne, as some people are more prone to the condition due to their inherited traits.
The presence of certain bacteria on the skin, particularly Propionibacterium acnes, can also contribute to the development of acne. These bacteria feed on the excess oil produced by the skin and can lead to the inflammation and redness associated with acne.
Treatment for facial acne typically involves a combination of over the counter and prescription medications, as well as lifestyle changes. Topical creams and gels containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help to kill bacteria and dry up excess oil on the skin. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to help clear up the infection and reduce inflammation.
In addition to medication, there are several lifestyle changes that can help to reduce the appearance of acne. These include washing the face twice daily with a gentle cleanser, avoiding touching the face with dirty hands, and avoiding the use of oily or greasy skincare products. It is also important to remove makeup before going to bed and to use non-comedogenic makeup and skincare products to avoid clogging pores.
Overall, while facial acne can be a frustrating and confidence-damaging condition, it is important to remember that it is a common and treatable skin condition. By following a consistent skincare routine and seeking medical treatment as needed, it is possible to effectively manage and reduce the appearance of acne.
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ZO Oil Control Pads
Specifically designed for acne-prone skin. A revolutionary acne treatment prevention solution to be used as part of an acne program of ZO products. ZO Skin Health's Oil Control Pads work to remove oil and normalise pore size with key ingredients including salicylic acid, mandelic acid and glycolic acid. In addition, they smooth the surface of the skin and reduce skin irritation and the formation of acne.
ZO Daily Power Defense
Daily Power Defense is a lightweight serum that works to support the skin's health and function. It is consistently our best-selling skincare product, providing hydration and strength to the skin, protecting the skin from damage, boosting collagen and cell renewal and tackling fine lines and wrinkles. Works in perfect harmony with ZO Illuminating AOX Serum. To read more about ZO Skin Health's Daily Power Defense, read the blog here.
ZO Exfoliating Cleanser
ZO Gentle Cleanser
ZO Gentle Cleanser is a gentle, foaming cleanser, suitable for all skin types. Designed by ZO Skin Health to remove impurities, unclog pores and leave the skin feeling refreshed, clean and hydrated. It helps to protect the skin barrier and can be used on all skin types including oily skin and sensitive skin, thanks to its anti-irritant properties. We often recommend this cleanser type for those with sensitive or compromised skin.
ZO Complexion Clearing Masque
Previously known as Sulfur Masque, the ZO Skin Health Complexion Clearing Masque is a natural, clay-based at-home facial mask that treats and prevents acne and breakouts. The mask works to purify pores and absorb excess oil that can lead to future breakouts. In addition, the mask hydrates the skin to combat dryness.
ZO Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30
A non-greasy, quick-drying sunscreen with a sheer matte finish perfect for use as a primer before applying makeup or to banish excess shine. Offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. In addition, natural melanin shields skin from the ageing effects of high-energy visible (HEV) light. The slight tint is universal for all skin Fitzpatrick types and is silky matte to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. ZO Skin Health's ZOX12® Engineered with our exclusive 12-hour, time-release ZOX12® complex, our suncreams help shield the skin from harmful infrared (IR-A) rays.
ZO Dual Action Scrub
ZO Complexion Clearing Program
ZO Skin Health's Complexion Clearing Program is a full skincare routine of highly effective products formulated to treat clogged pores, blackheads, pimples and cystic acne. This skincare kit both treats and prevents acne and breakouts and includes ZO Exfoliating Cleanser, ZO Exfoliating Polish, ZO Complexion Renewal Pads and ZO Complexion Clearing Masque, which are all also available as individual skincare products.
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