Adult acne vulgaris, a very difficult and persistent condition to treat

As someone who personally suffers from adult onset acne, I know first hand the physical as well as the emotional pain this brings. Add to this the dizzying array of acne skin care products that are sold in stores and online. Everyone has the newest, the best, the most effective acne busting line. If you’re like me, you have experienced a level of desperation to where you will literally try anything if it has a glimmer of a chance of ridding your face of these breakouts. This is why I decided to bring to you a breakdown of ingredients to look for in products so you are prepared the next time you have to make a purchase to treat your acne vulgaris. I am going to break down the ingredients according to the problem that each specifically addresses. Treating adult acne begins with interrupting the four main contributing factors of acne vulgaris. These factors are

  1. Overactive sebaceous glands
  2. Cell proliferation
  3. Bacteria
  4. Inflammation

Overactive Sebaceous Glands

Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is a bacteria that grows deep inside of pores, where it feeds on the sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands that surround the base of the hair shaft.

P. acnes bacteria grows deep inside of pores
P. acnes bacteria grows deep inside of pores

Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is a bacteria that grows deep inside of pores, where it feeds on the sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands that surround the base of the hair shaft. Most individuals with acne vulgaris symptoms have an overgrowth of P. acnes bacteria in their skin. By inhibiting overactive sebaceous glands, we not only eliminate the food source for the bacteria, but we also eliminate oily shine. Who likes that oily shine? No one I’ve met! The following ingredients are known sebum-regulating agents:

  • Niacinamide
  • Yeast Extract
  • Zinc Gluconate
  • Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid
  • Horse Chestnut Extract
  • Acrylates Copolymer (micro sponges)
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Sarcosine

Cellular Reproduction

To control an over accumulation of skin cells, we need to stimulate natural exfoliation both on the skin’s surface and in the follicle lining. By exfoliating to remove those surface cells that have not been shed, we can help eliminate the accumulation of skin cells that mixes with sebum inside the follicles, which triggers the early stages of comedone (a.k.a. blackhead) formation.

Bacteria

P. acnes survives naturally near the base of the hair folicle, in a low-oxygen environment, living off of sebum and cellular debris.
P. acnes survives naturally near the base of the hair folicle, in a low-oxygen environment, living off of sebum and cellular debris.

Bacteria. It is quite literally everywhere. However, by controlling the lipase activity and the bacteria both on top of the skin’s surface and inside the follicle, we can control the source of fatty acids that can lead to irritation. The ingredients listed below are known anti-bacterial agents:

Inflammation

So here’ is a breakdown of what causes the inflammation in the first place. The bacteria that causes acne, P. acnes, releases an enzyme called lipase. This enzyme, lipase, then produces fatty acids because it is digesting sebum (oils on your skin). If your acne prone, and you produce an excessive amount of sebum, then these P-ances bacteria are able to produce an excessive amount of fatty acids. The environment of your skin is now becoming primed for an acne breakout. Combine this with the presence of bacterial antigens (proteins produced by the body’s natural immune response to fight off bacteria), they produce local inflammation. Thus starts the process that is outwardly seen as acne vulgaris.


Our goal is always to control the inflammation, preferably before it even starts. Below you will find a list of ingredients known to help the healing process and soothe inflamed skin.

Treating Adult Acne

I’m here to assure you that although it may seem impossible, you can treat your adult acne vulgaris. The training I have received as an esthetician as well as from my own personal experience has shown me that the most effective way to treat this condition is to apply the most beneficial ingredients topically, which will ensure that the product goes straight to the source of the trigger. Something else to

Treating adult acne, while difficult, is by no means impossible.
Treating adult acne, while difficult, is by no means impossible.

consider though is the possible internal, emotional and/or mental factors that may contribute to the condition. Stress alters the hormones in your body, increasing the sebaceous activity, which leads to more acne, causing more stress. This is where I have found CBD to be beneficial. CBD has helped countless people to manage their stress, and as discussed earlier, if someone suffering from acne can manage their stress, they are on the right path to clearing up their acne for good. Topically applied CBD is also very beneficial for acne sufferers. When applied directly to the skin, it can work to correct an acneic skin.The more you understand acne, the better off you will be in treating it.

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