Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is the medical term for pimples (with adolescents). There is no other skin condition more famous than acne.

It mainly occurs during puberty in both males and females. The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study found that acne vulgaris is the eight most common skin disease, with an estimated global prevalence (for all ages) of 9.38%.

It is often said that after puberty you will no longer get acne. The following figures have been published from an acne study among 1,013 men and women aged 20 and older:

  • 20-29 years: 50.9% (women) versus 42.5% (men)
  • 30-39 years: 35.2% (women) vs 20.1% (men)
  • 40-49 years: 26.3% (women) versus 12.0% (men)
  • 50 years and older: 15.3% (women) versus 7.3% (men)

On this page you will find the following information about acne:

Acne Littekens Vrouw Met Huidproblemen Onder Een Vergrootglas

Written by Francis Wu

Published on 19 August 2022

Edited 28 September 2022

Dr Francis Wu on acne

Below explains Dr. Francis Wu briefly about the causes and solutions for acne

Tips when you have acne

Below you will find tips from Dr. Francis Wu when you have acne

Tip: check your muscle building supplement

There is strong indication that your muscle building supplements/shakes such as: whey powder, cow’s milk protein powder, soy powder, egg protein and wheat protein cause or exacerbate acne.

Advice: try to stop this for at least 3 weeks, the acne will stop better than with your protein supplement. Possibly that is the cause.

If the acne doesn’t get better after stopping for at least 3 weeks, start your protein shakes again. If acne does not get worse after restarting the protein shakes, you can continue.

Tip: chocolate is allowed - enjoy in moderation

Chocolate has always been seen as a contributing factor to the spread of acne. However, studies on the effect of chocolate on the skin condition are controversial and inaccurate due to the additional ingredients such as milk and sugar in bars and other chocolate products.

Opinion: Dark chocolate is better, it contains less sugar and milk.


Tip: Niacinamide for your acne skin

Niacinamide, also called vitamin B3, in a cosmetic skin care product can help reduce acne. Another beneficial effect is reduction of pigment spots (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) caused by acne.

Advice: use sun protection with mineral sunscreen during the day, combine a product with niacinamide twice a day. The niacinamide dosage in your skin care should be at least 4%.

Tip: zinc supplement

A 2020 study concluded that zinc supplement can help you reduce pimples.

Advice: stick to the recommended zinc supplement dose and try it for 3 months. It is wise to look for a combined zinc/copper supplement. Both minerals reinforce each other.

Tip: Cleanse your skin twice a day with a mild facial cleanser

A 2006 randomized study investigated the effect of facial cleansing on acne vulgaris in men.

In summary, the worsening of acne showed a strikingly significant difference in the group that cleaned once a day. On the other hand, a significant improvement in acne was seen in the group that used a mild cleanser twice a day before washing the face.

Advice: for both men and women, clean your skin twice a day with a mild facial cleanser.

The best products to care for your skin with acne

Below you will find some products against acne

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  • For ladies: Cleansing Step 1 and 2 skin cleansing, Spotreducer cream and Calming cream
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  • Acne, sensitive dry skin + isotretinoin treatment: Cleansing step 2, Calming cream, Spotreducer, Natural Moisturizer cream or sensitive cream
  • Acne and pigment spots: Spot reducer, Targeted Pigment serum
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Acne FAQs

A 2006 randomized study investigated the effect of facial cleansing on acne vulgaris in men. The subjects washed their face twice a day for 2 weeks with a standard mild cleanser. Then they were divided into one of three groups. Group 1, wash face once a day. Group 2, had to wash face twice a day and group 3, had to wash face four times a day for 6 weeks.

Study Conclusion. Acne worsening was significantly observed in the once-a-day study group. Significant acne improvement in the group that washed face twice daily with a mild cleanser.

So cleanse face twice a day with a mild facial cleanser.

Late acne (acne after adolescence) is divided into persistent acne and late acne. Persistent stubborn acne, starting in adolescence and continuing into adulthood, is the most common form. Late acne first appears after age 25. Also known as acne tarda. The prevalence of acne is 3% in men and 11-12% in women. This percentage drops sharply after your 45th year.

Hormonal is often the cause, but also medicines such as (corticosteroids, Mirena coil), genetic predisposition and Vitamin B12 supplement can cause acne.

If over-the-counter anti-acne products and gentle cleansers don't work. Extensive acne on the face and/or trunk require a dermatological treatment plan to prevent acne scars.

One of the most common side effects of roaccutane is dryness of the skin and mucous membranes (lips, mouth and eyes). An option to alleviate these complaints is omega-3 oil. A dose of 1000 mg per day seems to help well.

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