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Adolescent Acne: Protect from UV Rays and Other Inflammatory Stimulants

How to Treat

Inflammation is both a cause and result of acne. When the number of P. acnes increases, sebum is broken down into irritating free fatty acids, which stimulate an immune response. White blood cells weaken the follicular wall, resulting in rupture and increased inflammation. Utilizing anti-inflammatory topical ingredients will soothe current irritation and prevent undue future inflammation. Aloe vera, salicylic acid, bisabolol, panthenol, licorice extract, boldine extract, resveratrol, and EGCG from green tea are all extremely effective in helping control inflammation. Over-drying and over-stimulation will lead to further breakouts.

With inflammatory acne, do not treat more often than the recommended frequency of treatment and avoid the daily use of irritating ingredients. Many of the products that help treat acne can also make the skin more sun sensitive, thereby increasing the risk of damage and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Everyone should be using a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or greater every day on any exposed skin. Exposure to UV rays on a daily basis (even walking to and from your car or exposure to fluorescent light bulbs) will cause greater inflammation, slowing the process of treating acne. Remember that the SPF rating of a product only relates to its ability to protect the skin from UVB rays. Patients should always use products that also offer protection from long and short wave UVA rays. PCA SKIN® broad spectrum SPF products also protect against UVA and UVB rays and have the benefit of containing antioxidants. Wearing protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats, and avoiding prolonged UV exposure during the midday hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is also recommended.