Acne (Acne Vulgaris) is a common skin disease predominantly found on the face, upper back, and chest.

Up to 90% of teenagers will experience acne at some stage and although the condition tends to subside, on average it continues to persist for 8-10 years.

There are several ways of classifying acne. In broad terms, acne can be defined as being inflammatory or non-inflammatory, but mainly most patients have a combination of both.

There are 4 key elements to the cause of acne

• Bacteria
• Follicle obstruction
• Excessive sebum production – seborrhoea
• Inflammation

Most treatments involve topical medications (cream / lotion gel) which work very well in most cases if used correctly. If these are not successful, then your Doctor may recommend oral medications, such as antibiotics.

There are effective therapies available in the market, including the Citrine Acne range, however it is important to note they tend to take some time to show positive results. Therefore, it is very important to maintain use of your treatment, even if you do not initially see any real improvements,

The key to successfully managing acne is to determine which elements are most prevalent and to then treat accordingly.

Mild to Moderate Acne

Mild to moderate inflammatory acne, can present as one, or a combination, of papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.

Benoxor is a cream designed and created to have a dermo-purifying and sebum balancing effect in the presence of skin that is seborrheic, impure and comedonal.

It prevents the onset of acne through different mechanisms of action.

It unblocks the follicles allowing the elimination of sebum(oil), and the disappearance of comedones.

It keeps the skin moisturised by forming an invisible and non-occlusive protective film that isolates and protects from external factors and reduces the loss of liquids (TEWL).

It also rebalances the skin ecosystem by inhibiting bacterial proliferation.

These combined effects act on skin affected by acne, helping to reduce the number of outbreaks by performing a preventative action and allowing the natural physiological healing process to occur.

Benoxor contains a unique combination of Benzoyl Peroxide 4.0%, Retinyl Palmitate 0.5% and Zinc Sulphate 1.0%

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Acne With Comedones

Mild to moderate non-inflammatory acne often presents with comedones- blackheads and whiteheads.

Triacine acne gel is a unique formulation for the prevention of complications of acne due to external factors.

It creates an invisible non-occlusive film capable of isolating and protecting the skin from external factors that can lead to worsening of acne blemishes

Triacine contains a unique combination of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) 0.2%, Tretinoin 0.02% and Glycolic Acid 4.0%

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Moisturising Acne prone skin

Regardless of the type of acne, its important to use a good moisturiser that will help rebalance your sebum production and keep your skin hydrated.

Ceboderm is a highly tolerable cream, containing a unique combination of ingredients which act to reduce redness and soothe skin sensitive to breakouts as well as improving skin tone.

Ceboderm also acts as a potent moisturiser to increase skin hydration. It is ideally suited for acne prone skin, by promoting the rebalancing of sebum production, which in turn ensures pores remain clear.

Ceboderm contains Azeloglycine 6.0%, Nicotinamide 6.0% and an SPF 30

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While acne itself is not life threatening, it is important to realise the affect it can have on a patient’s emotional wellbeing. The often-unsightly nature of the condition, as well as some unfortunate misunderstandings and perceptions about the disease, can lead to it having a profound impact on a patient’s mental health, particularly given that most sufferers are teenagers.