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  • 8 Jun, 2020
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Understanding and Treating Mild Acne with Skin Care Topicals and Hydrocolloid Technology

Acne is a skin condition most people experience at some point in their lifetime. It’s estimated that acne effects 80-90% of teenagers in the Western world. While it’s not life threatening, it certainly can affect one’s self confidence and hinder quality of life. Although acne becomes less common in adulthood, it persists in nearly half of affected people into their twenties and thirties, and even in a smaller group into their forties.

So just how does this common, burdensome skin condition occur? Each pore on the body is connected to what’s referred to as sebaceous glands that secrete an oily substance – known as sebum – to lubricate skin and hair. Sebum – made of different fatty acids, including squalene – mixes with dead skin cells and forms a plug that clogs pores resulting in inflammation of the skin. When this inflammation occurs, the pore blocking squalene peroxide is produced. The progress of what’s called acne vulgaris is visible in the form of a blemish. The inflamed white pus and redness that we’re all familiar with, develops as the immune system attempts to kill the overpopulation of bacteria in the pore and heal the skin tissue.

Treatment and Prevention
There are many different types of treatment options for acne that it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose which product is best. For those with severe acne conditions, antibiotics and retinoids are available that can be applied to the skin. These treatment options in combination with the ongoing use of topicals can help combat and reduce future breakouts. Prescription topical retinoids specifically can be very effective for treating acne, but can cause sunlight sensitivity and skin drying or peeling, making guidance from a dermatologist essential.

Topical treatments are mostly recommended for mild to moderate acne. These products can include azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid as active ingredients. While these ingredients can be effective for many people, it’s important to note that the skin type – whether it be oily or dry – and the location of breakouts play a big role in determining dosage and application regimen. The pros and cons of strong topical products should be considered against skin types and severity of outbreaks as well.

In addition to topical products, long-wear hydrocolloid patches are an effective option for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. When applied directly to the acne blemish, the adhesive can help reduce skin redness, absorb sebum secretions and facilitate the natural healing process. The patches also act as a second skin as they seal and protect the blemish from external contaminants and prevents the skin from drying.

When looking to develop innovative custom skin care formulas, Scapa Healthcare has the expertise and capabilities to provide you with the right formulations for your specific customer needs. Learn more about our advanced formulation capabilities and reach out today for more information.

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