As a previous cystic acne sufferer, I understand what it feels like to feel ashamed looking at the mirror, feeling embarrassed when you’re out with your clear skinned friends or partner, humiliated when you have to do massive presentations at work (can they all notice my bad skin?) and playing skin ping-pong with constantly changing prescriptions, products and potions that never work. So I got to the bottom of it, and bringing that information to you with world class insights to improving the quality of your skin, and your whole life. My goal, is to help you leave your house just wearing lipstick without having to hide the shame of bad skin under a cake of makeup.
History of acne is an epidemic
So how has acne come about over time and who does it impact?
Acne is definitely not new, it has been around for thousands of years – even Aristotle and Hippocrates referenced the skin condition particularly in relation to puberty.
However, the condition seems to be a little more widespread with acne affecting at least 85% of the population at some time during their lives – and those most likely to suffer from acne are usually between 15 and 25 years old.
Although acne usually clears up by early adulthood, some people may experience this problem for the first time when they reach adulthood – studies have shown that one third of total acne office visits are made by women over 25 years old. This ‘late-life acne’ can be caused due to fluctuating hormones during pregnancy, the menstrual cycle and changing methods of contraception (the pill, coil or patches).
This can be a little painful as an adult when you have to front up to work with bad skin and cake on makeup every time you leave the house. The British Skin Foundation found that 95 per cent of acne sufferers say it impacts their daily lives and 63 per cent experience lower self-confidence.
So it’s becoming an epidemic…how are we treating it?
It clearly impacts a few of us, but it seems to be a condition increasingly impacting more people. A study of 92 private dermatology clinics in the UK found a 200 per cent rise in the number of adults seeking specialist acne treatment.
We’re getting worse, but spending more to fix the problem??
Are we questioning where the problem or cause is coming from, or bandaiding over the cracks? If we’re treating a symptom, how can we fix the cause.
Just imagine a river with and a factory alongside it. A little downstream, there is a build up of pollution that came from the factory. The local council develops a retrieval system to take the pollution out. As you and I know, it would make more sense to just stop the factory polluting the river altogether so there isn’t a pollution problem to deal with in the first place. The same can go for skincare. It can be easy to try to ‘fix’ the pollution by an interim bandaid, rather than see where the problem is actually coming from upstream.
Wouldn’t this be a sustainable way to look at our overall health instead of bandaiding over a symptom without examining the root cause?
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a rise in the way some symptoms are being treated:
- Prescriptions of the drug Roaccutane, also known as isotretinoin have increased more than sixfold in the last 10 years, reported The Times – from 6,522 in 2006 to 48,997 in 2016.
- The global skincare market is estimated to be worth approximately 121 BILLION USD in 2016
- And Australians are shelling out a whopping $22 billion a year in a bid to look as banging as possible (mozo)
There is an increase in customers voting with their dollar in how they want their health to be treated – so more people wanting to understand the causes and overall being approach as we are, whole beings.
- In research I conducted, I asked ‘would you prefer to treat your skin with lifestyle changes and natural products compared to prescribed medications’ with 94% saying they would.
- There has also been a substantial Increase in integrative practices – in the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) are using some form of complementary alternative medicine