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There are so many negative and incorrect assumptions about acne, which are often more embarrassing than the actual skin condition itself. Acne is falsely associated with teenage hormones, so when it follows many adults into their 20s and 30s they can feel ashamed and unattractive. There is no such thing as ‘adult acne’, because acne can happen at any time in your life. We want to put some myths to bed about acne and discuss how to treat it at a professional skin clinic.

Common myths about acne

One of the most common and frustrating myths about acne is that the skin is dirty or unwashed. Because there are spots, oils, and blemishes present, non-sufferers assume that those with acne just need to ‘wash their face more’ or try a different cleanser. For medically diagnosed acne, hormonal acne as a result of ageing, or problematic skin, this is not the case.

Acne sufferers are often those who have tried every cleanser and exfoliator and miracle cure under the sun, because they are hyper-aware of their skin. Acne-prone skin doesn’t break-out because of what is (or isn’t) on its surface, but rather it occurs because of what is going beneath the surface. Irregular oil production is something that happens beneath the skin and is triggered by the body, not the surface of the skin.

Another myth is that acne is contagious, which it is not. This is associated with the surface of the skin being ‘dirty’ and assuming that the problem lies on the surface, not beneath. There is no virus or bacteria an acne sufferer can pass on to a loved one or friend, because acne simply does not occur like this. The only way acne could potentially be passed on is if it is hereditary.

Skin clinic acne treatments in Inverness

Because acne is a complex skin condition and the severity and triggers can be unique to each person, an individual approach should always be approached. Blanket products available on the high-street shelves are often not very effective due to their lack of potency and generalised approach, why is why we as a skin clinic recommend professional treatments and products.

Skin clinic chemical peels are highly recommended for problematic skin complaints such as acne because they help to rebalance oil production. They work enacting a slight chemical wounding to the surface layer of your skin, drying out the damaged skin cells on top and encouraging the skin to skin them. This helps to draw-out spots and blemishes as well as prompting fresh skin cell production. After a course of chemical peels, your oil production and skin can be successfully remodelled and brought under more manageable control.

Professional skin clinic products such as the ZO Skin Health products Emma J Aesthetics stocks contain highly effective and scientifically cultivated ingredients. Some products are available to all, and some are prescription-only, meaning that you can receive potent products should they be applicable for your skin condition.

If you’d like to receive skin clinic advice, treatments, and products for your acne or problematic skin, contact Emma J Aesthetics today on 01463 830149. We look forwards to welcoming you to our skin clinic in Inverness.

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