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Whether you’re a teenager or adult, having flawless skin is everyone’s dream!

Contrary to popular myths, such as eating too much chocolate and having dirty skin, the real cause of acne is due to a complex interplay between hormones, skin oils and bacteria. Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to acne because of their rampant hormones, in particular, increased levels of androgens. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce excess amounts of sebum, the sticky oil that results in oily skin and clogged pores. This causes the cells lining the skin to become thick. As a result, they stick together and clog the hair follicles. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, known as propionibacterium acnes, which have inflammatory factors that cause acne.

For many years antibiotics have been used to kill off the bacteria and treat acne. However, a recent study by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in the UK has discovered that four out of five acne sufferers could have acne that is resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics.

According to Judy Cheung, SkinB5 Managing Director, “The best way to clear skin congestion and breakouts is to correct the root causes — internal body imbalances — by feeding your body with powerful nutrients that promote clear skin and good health. We recommend oral supplements of the B group vitamins, in particular vitamins B5, B3, folic acid, biotin, as well as vitamin A, zinc and copper. Alongside eating well, drinking lots of water and lowering your stress levels are also important.”

Using gentle and soothing skin care products is also a must. SkinB5 Skin Purifying Mask with French green clay is a great antibacterial product that can be used as a mask but also an amazing anti-inflammatory spot treatment – the ingredients especially the French clay helps heal, soothe and reduce acne. “Another good tip is to double cleanse at the end of the day,” adds Judy. Select a healing cleanser specific for acne prone skin such as SkinB5 Acne Control Cleansing Mousse, which is gentle, non-drying and antioxidant-rich that will work deep down to remove excess oil and problem causing bacteria. Cleanse once to remove makeup and then again to flush out the residue that has settled into your pores! Make sure your cleanser is free of drying agents such as benzoyl peroxide, which can irritate your complexion.

One step those with acne prone skin often skip is moisturising. When in fact this is a really important step to include – even oily skin needs hydration, particularly if you have been using benzyl peroxide topical products that dry the skin. Select a moisturiser that won’t clog your pores such as SkinB5 Acne Control Moisturiser, it will deeply hydrate acne prone skin and help prevent breakouts.

Hydrate your skin
There are many good reasons to drink water, however none so important as for keeping skin hydrated and healthy. Water helps to transport nutrients necessary for skin healing around the body, as well as eliminating waste matter. For clear, healthy and youthful looking skin, aim to drink between two and three litres of fresh, filtered water daily.

The importance of exercise
Exercise promotes sweating and the removal of toxins – which is great for those with acne prone skin but be sure to keep hair off your face with a sweat band and always wash your skin after exercising. As we age exercise becomes even more important, and not just for the cardiovascular benefits. Anything that helps promote healthy circulation helps to keep your skin nourished, healthy and vibrant.