Friday, November 17, 2006

Acne - All About Acne Care and Treatments

Acne won’t get you any dates that’s certain. Teenagers hate it, and adults sufferers don’t embrace it either. As most teenage girls will show, pimples arise at the most unfortunate moments, which can be anytime on any given day for them. Acne affects self respect, self value, and self identity and can turn a once, outgoing person into a recluse.

There are different types of acne that arise on the body and not just on the face, which is the most common. Acne, commonly known as pimples, zits, whiteheads, or blackheads, start to form in hair follicles or pores when the oil or sebum is trapped under the skin surface causing bacteria to form.

Acne can be mild or severe, which is called acne vulgaris, and can cause disfiguration and severe scar. It’s important to keep hands off, and if you must, wash the area and your hands first. If you are successful in drive out any of the sticky ingredients, be careful not to spread it to surrounding areas where it can cause another outbreak.

Popping is tempting, because you just want it to go away. It will not always cause scar, but only pop if it’s ripe and ready Otherwise, the skin can become more irritated if you continue to pick at it, then a coating will form and more bacteria has been spread as well, leaving you with a bigger mess.

If you must pop, you should wash your face with clean and warm water and remove all makeup and wash your hands also. Try to avoid using your fingernails because dirt can be trapped under which will be introduced to the open skin when popping and spread germs. Use a tissue to apply pressure or an instrument specifically designed for this purpose. Stop after emission has been expelled and if nothing comes out, this will just create further irritation.

There are many different acne treatments available, some work and some don’t. If acne is severe it would be wise to consult a dermatologist, who can prescribe a treatment plan to reduce the number of outbreaks, and subsequent scarring. The most common ingredient in most acne treatments is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, which can be very useful for mild to moderate acne in combination with regular gentle cleansing of the skin.

There are also many websites dedicated to various acne treatments that provide information for the acne sufferer. For those who have severe cases, antibiotics or Retin A may also be added to the treatment regimen. Whatever type of acne you suffer from, no matter if it is mild or severe, it is possible to have clean skin. Start now and send acne on its way, forever.

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