Fine Lines

Volume 1, Issue 3

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10 ASCP Fine Lines There is no cure for acne, only good clearing management techniques. by Mark Lees, PhD Acne Facts The 6 basic principles of acne-prone skin Do you struggle with acne-prone skin? You're not alone. More than ever before, adults are enduring the challenges of oily and acneic skin conditions. Clinical studies indicate that between 40 and 55 percent of the adult population age 20–40 are diag- nosed with low-grade, persistent acne and oily skin. According to the Journal of Ameri- can Academy of Dermatology, 54 percent of women older than age 25 have some facial acne. If you're in a constant battle with acne or oily skin, here is some solid information that can help you understand this common condition. 1. The first two factors in acne causation are genetic. Those who develop acne and acne flares easily have a genetic tendency to retention hyperkeratosis, a condition that causes a buildup of dead cells on the skin surface and within the skin follicle. Instead of dead cells naturally shedding from the skin, skin cells "stick" to the epidermal surface, causing a thick surface and "gathering" inside the follicles. The second genetic factor is oily skin and excessive oil production. You inherit your oiliness level and pore size. The oil coats the cell buildup in the follicles, causing a "clumping" of sticky dead cells there. As more cell buildup occurs and more oil is secreted, this clump develops into a follicular impaction known as a comedo. 2. It is vitally important to understand that genetic conditions cannot be changed. The symptoms caused by the genetic factors can be manipulated by treatment and products to clear the skin, but this does not change the

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