Acne continues to be a taboo and it can be easy to let it take over your life. Lots of people experience loss of confidence when living with the skin condition. The reality is the skin disease is commonplace, with an estimated 80 per cent of people between 11 and 30 experiencing some form of an outbreak at some point in their lives. It most commonly affects young people, but can also affect those from a very young age and into adult life too.

How is it caused? 

Although the causes of acne are not yet confirmed (aside from genetics), medical research has identified hormones and diet to be possible major contributors in causing the disease. During puberty and when on their period, young people can experience the formation of acne. Similarly, there have been some links to poor diets and the development of the skin disease.

Other factors could include infections and stress in causing the disease to worsen. Common misconceptions include sunlight, cleanliness and greasy foods, aspects which are unassociated with contracting acne. It is also key to remember acne does not only affect the face. The skin condition can also appear on people’s chest and back.

How can you be more confident about living with acne? 

One of the most important things is learning to love yourself, regardless of the skin condition. Because acne is not widely represented in the media, many still consider it as ‘abnormal’ despite the huge percentage of people who will experience it in their lives.

It helps to share your worries and talk to a close friend of a family member if your acne is causing you to be stressed and upset. If you struggle to talk to someone around you, there are support groups online where acne is widely discussed, and other people with the condition can share their advice.

Try and focus on the things you love about yourself, perhaps by writing a list of all of your favourite things about yourself. It’s good to be reminded of your amazing qualities when you’re so focused on your own physical imperfections (that often, people are not looking at).

How can you treat it? 

Different remedies work for different people in minimising the effects of acne. Using acne antibiotic creams can help manage and minimise the appearance of the skin condition. It is the case of finding the right one for your skin. There are two basic types of antibiotic creams for acne: antibiotic-only treatments or antibiotic combination treatments. Visit a dermatologist for expert advice, as they can evaluate your skin type and work out the best treatment for your acne.

Other treatments can be purchased over the counter such a tea tree oils, and regularly cleaning your face with oil-free soaps to minimise the effects of the condition.

Avoid touching your face, as this can transfer any oils or dirt from your fingers and clog up your pores. You can wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water if you need to.

Drink lots of water and eat a balanced diet to keep your body healthy. Some people have found reducing their sugar intake to be helpful in reducing breakouts, but everyone reacts differently.

Getting enough sleep is also a huge factor to ensure your body is resting and healing itself when you go to bed. Experts recommend around 7-9 hours a night to get a good night’s sleep.