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February 18, 2022


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Collagen and Acne


Today, we're talking skin problems - more specifically, acne. What is it, what causes it, and - of course - how can we manage it?

February 18, 2022


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February 18, 2022


We know acne is a hot topic in the skincare community and among our gorgeous Absoluters – and we’re here to help! In fact, we’ve enlisted the wisdom of our resident dermatologist Dr Thurein Ne Win to give us the lowdown on collagen and acne.

Dr Ne Win is a top dermatologist brimming with skin-related expertise – and an Absoluter! Here’s what he has to say on all things acne.

What is acne?

“Acne is caused by our sebaceous glands. These glands produce an oily substance called sebum that’s secreted onto the skin. So when people have oily skin – whether through teenage hormones, for example, or due to conditions like polycystic ovarian disease – this is due to an overproduction of sebum.

It doesn’t end there, however. A bacteria called Corynebacterium thrives on sebum – so, in oily skin, it multiplies.

Our bodies then mount inflammatory responses against the bacteria, resulting in the typical lesions of acne. That’s why the top end treatment (Isotretinoin) works to dry up skin secretions, depriving the acne of sebum.

If you’re given antibiotics for acne, they’re not designed to kill the bacteria – they’re useful for their anti-inflammatory benefits.”

How can you manage acne?

“The short answer is simple: don’t fiddle with your skin!

It’s also important to eat anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables while avoiding high glycaemic index foods like white bread.

Washing is also an essential part of managing acne, though you do need to strike a balance – that is, don’t over wash your skin. Similarly, sunlight can be helpful in moderation.

Managing acne is also about keeping physically and mentally healthy. This means taking regular exercise and avoiding stress where possible. If acne starts to scar, or if it’s very severe, ask your GP for a dermatologist referral.

In terms of skincare routines, I suggest avoiding heavy makeup and comedogenic products. Tea tree oil can be beneficial for acne due to its naturally antiseptic and antiviral qualities.”

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein found in various parts of the body; hair, skin, nails, joints, bones, and in many other areas too.

Collagen supplements are a way to support the body’s natural reserves of collagen. Absolute Collagen is vital for capturing collagen’s beauty benefits – especially since our bodies’ collagen production starts to decline from the age of 25.

What is Absolute Collagen?

Absolute Collagen is a source of premium marine collagen. Each sachet contains 8,000mg (the most concentrated dose on the market!) and its hydrolysed liquid form ensures that it is easily absorbed by the body.

Tens of thousands of Absoluters love to take Absolute Collagen as part of a routine that helps them to look and feel their absolute best.

Collagen for Skin

Between thicker-looking, glossy hair and glowing, hydrated skin, our Absoluters are loving Absolute Collagen - a boost in collagen levels quickly leads to a boost in confidence.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for more skin, hair, and collagen tips from Dr Ne Win and our hair expert Eva Proudman MIT IAT.