Canada’s first ever Acne Awareness Week is September 14 to 20, 2015. Five million Canadians have acne. Acne was once thought of as a teen-only skin condition, however, it is also common in adult women. Acne effects 90 per cent of teens. Up to 22 per cent, or one in five women, suffer from acne during adulthood compared to just three per cent of men. The rate of depression due to acne is 10 per cent.
Adult acne isn’t pretty. It makes you want to run and hide. Here are some effective treatments to help you handle your out-of-control skin.
Primarily an antibacterial agent, the main effect of benzoyl peroxide on the skin is to introduce oxygen to the clogged parts of the skin’s pores. The more oxygen, the more fatal the environment is for the anaerobic bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide is capable of wiping out acne-causing organisms such as propionibacterium acnes. Benzoyl peroxide may also be used in combination with salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid is an exfoliating agent that peels off dead skin cells by loosening the binding substance that make the surface skin cells stick together. It combines well with oil and can penetrate deep inside clogged pores. By doing this, salicylic acid helps speed up the growth of new skin cells, it keeps the pores clear and prevents future acne outbreaks. Salicylic acid may be used in combination with benzoyl peroxide. If you have sensitive skin it is best to start with .05 per cent as the active ingredient and move upwards of two per cent because it may cause dryness.
MicroSilver BG is a natural antimicrobial cleansing product. It is a pure metallic silver powder with a very unique particle structure consisting of highly porous micro-sized silver particles. MicroSilver BG is safe, free of side effects and does not penetrate skin or mucosal tissue because of its large particle size (average of 10 micrometers). The 99.9 per cent pure metallic silver is obtained from nature and, using a patented production process, pulverized by purely physical methods. It contains no parabens and has never been tested on animals.