Power of 3. Works both for skincare AND witchcraft.
So I’m finally coming to the end of the Papulex Lead The Way Challenge. It’s been a pretty good ride and I think I know just a little bit more about the causes of acne and some easy ways to prevent a breakout. I’ll probably summarise the three main lessons that I’ve learned over the course of this campaign.
However, it’s also brought to light how little I actually know about the subject. Yes, I may know some of the general facts, but still there are countless people out there affected by acne who might be looking for a longer-term solution, and it’s my understanding that Papulex products are one such solution. Here’s the product information I got if anyone’s intending to try it out.
1. EU-Patented ABA Technology: Unique to PAPULEX, EU-patented ABA technology helps block the proliferation of P. acnes bacteria in the outer layer of the skin.1
2. Helps reduce inflammation: PAPULEX contains 4% Nicotinamide, a natural molecule derived from Vitamin B3 that has potent anti-inflammatory properties.2 Studies have shown that Nicotinamide is as effective as clindamycin gel in reducing acne severity and lesion counts without inducing bacterial resistance.
3. Helps reduce sebum production: PAPULEX contains Zinc PCA that helps regulate sebum production, which causes oily skin and acne. A clinical study demonstrated that 1% Zinc PCA leads to a significant decrease of the sebum rate 28 days after its twice daily application, while no significant variations were observed in the placebo group.
Lesson 1: Regular sleep hours are better for your skin than a mandatory quota
As explored in my previous post, according to Dr Lim Kar Seng, our bodies stop producing steroids during the hours of 11pm to 7am if our bodies are resting. Increased steroid production is a contributing factor to acne development.
Lesson 2: A healthy lifestyle can reduce the effects of acne
There’s plenty I’ll need to change about my diet, simply because I love fried foods, sweet foods, rich foods.. etc. And one of the connections between such foods and acne is a high glycemic index diet. I’d previously done work around a campaign for a low GI product, so there’s some knowledge there with regards achieving a healthier diet. However, it’d be good to embark on this some time in the future, not just for skin, but for health’s sake as well.
Lesson 3: Don’t suffer alone
One of the things that did strike a chord with me throughout this campaign, is that in severe cases of acne, there is a lot of emotional distress to the person being afflicted. I must say that it’s not easy if you’re going through this and instead of people understanding you, society taunts us back by reminding us each day what “beauty” is accepted as.
While the good news is that there is medical treatment available, either through dermatological practices, over the counter solutions or even more specialised solutions like the Papulex range of products, they are no substitute for the own worth you place in your own eyes, and the people that should matter to you. In any case, while each person’s case in unique, many people around the world are going through the same thing, and before a skin issue becomes a health issue, it’s probably wise to see what support and treatments are available.