|Is Acne Ruining Your Life?
Is acne affecting the way you and others see yourself? Do you think it is keeping you from getting dates? Teenagers abhor acne, and adults sufferers donít embrace it either. As most teenage girls will attest, pimples arise at the most inopportune moments, which can be anytime on any given day for them. Acne affects self esteem, self worth, and self identity, and can turn a once outgoing person into a recluse.
Acne can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most common on the face. Acne, commonly known as pimples, zits, whiteheads, or blackheads, start to form in hair follicles or pores when the oil or sebum is trapped beneath the skin surface, creating a healthy medium for bacterial growth. Severe acne is called acne vulgaris. It can cause disfiguration and severe scarring.
To pop or not to pop? It is tempting, because you just want it to go away. Popping it will not always cause scarring, but only pop if itís ripe and ready! Otherwise, the skin can become more irritated if you continue to pick at it, then a scab will form and more bacteria has been spread as well, leaving you with a bigger mess than you had to begin with! If you must pop, you should wash your face with warm water and cleanser and remove all makeup, and of course, wash your hands too! Try to avoid using your fingernails because dirt can be trapped beneath which will be introduced to the open skin when popping and spread germs. Use a tissue to apply pressure or a tool specifically designed for this purpose (available at most cosmetic supply retailers).
There are many different acne treatments on the market. Some work and some donít. If acne is severe it would be wise to consult a dermatologist, who can prescribe a treatment plan to lessen the number of outbreaks, and subsequent scarring. The most common ingredient in most acne treatments is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, which can be very effective 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 a wealth of information for the acne sufferer. For those who have severe cases, antibiotics or Retin-A may also be added to the treatment regimen.
With good hygiene, careful treatment, and consultation with a dermatologist, acne does not have to make your life miserable. Good acne remedies will keep your skin healthy and your natural beauty intact.
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