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Acne management in men

The medical term for acne – acne vulgaris – captures the condition pretty well: an ugly, vulgar scourge that ravages the faces of around 80 per cent of all adolescents and even adults to some degree. Acne can leave profound, lifelong scars: physically, socially and psychologically. And whilst most men assume acne is something they’ll be able to put behind them by the time they hit their 20s, for many men, this isn’t the case, with acne sometimes persisting long into adulthood.

unfortunately, the causes of acne are often not apparent. hormones, stress, diet, genetics, medications, too little sleep — all have been implicated.

Adult acne may not be as severe as that experienced by adolescents, but it can be bad enough to give men high school flashbacks and send them scrambling for treatment. fortunately, acne treatment today is better than ever for both teens and adults.
Moderate to severe acne can cause large and often painful cysts under the skin, with breakouts occurring all over the body. It typically affects areas of the skin where there is an over-production of sebum, or oil. Pustules and papules develop as a result of blockages in follicles caused by sebum and dead skin cells. This is often compounded by bacteria, which leads to inflammation and can result in scarring.

‘Acne occurs when the ostium of a hair follicle is obstructed,’ explains allmedic’s Dr Doug Grose who has helped develop a range of skincare products designed to alleviate common skin complaints such as acne. ‘This obstruction is caused by a combination of hyperseborrhoea and hyperkeratosis. All acne treatments are therefore designed around reducing the obstruction long term whilst managing and improving the shorter-term effects of that obstruction.’

An important principle in the management of acne is that treatment must be aggressive initially, using all relevant modalities to bring the problem under control. According to Dr Grose, using the correct skincare for acne-prone patients is fundamental for short and long-term success. ‘allmedic has developed a clinically specific range of acne products that should be used every day,’ he says ‘The products are fragrance free, biologically active and free of phthalates, parabens, artificial colourants and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate,’ he adds.

Depending on the severity of the acne, an every day skincare regime can be supplemented with photodynamic therapy (PDT). ‘Photodynamic therapy can offer patients a non-surgical, long-lasting and cost effective solution and it can help improve the texture, luminosity, firmness and appearance of the skin,’ Dr Grose concludes. cbsm

Case study

Nicholas, 17, suffered severe acne over 85 per cent of his face for four years. ‘It was getting progressively worse,’ he says. ‘I tried all sorts of products. At first they would help but, after about six months, the breakouts would be worse than ever.’ PDT plus the every day use of allmedic acne skincare were prescribed to improve Nicholas’ acne prone skin.

Nicholas noticed a dramatic difference within 10 days of his first treatment; and estimates that around half of the spots had cleared within that time. After three treatments over the course of three months, Nicholas’ complexion is now clear. ‘It has made an incredible difference to my confidence,’ he says. ‘I don’t feel self conscious anymore about the way I look. My family, friends and teachers can’t believe how quickly my acne disappeared.’