Thinks You Should Know About Acne
Acne according to all the clinical studies is the most common skin disorder in the United States. Acne is a condition when repetitive pimples tend to appear on your face again and again despite of you taking utmost care of your skin. Acne itself is not life threatening but it accounts for more doctor visits than any other skin problem. It affects about 90% of adolescents as well as 20% to 30% of individuals aged 20 to 40 years. Acne is a very common problem that affects many people just like me. Despite of taking good care about my health and diet, I was not able to avoid those irritating marks on my face. Every morning while brushing, I used to tally whether the count was the same or it has increased. Although it is an extremely common issue, but it takes all your self confidence out of you and you feel very low every time. The same thing happened to me as well. I can’t explain how I felt when I saw them increasing daily on my face. Near the nose, forehead and chin I started having the pimples everywhere. Above that, visiting the doctor and spending dollars on antibiotics was not at all helping my skin get rid of these. Then I decided to go for a beauty treatment which claimed to remove these permanently. Although the cost was quite high, but I was happy anyway because I got rid of the acne problem in just three sittings. I was feeling on the top of the world without even realizing that this enthusiasm was just so temporary. I spent more than what did for antibiotics in total, just to see them back on my face within 3 weeks. I started feeling even more depressed after feeling beautiful for three weeks as I wanted to stay the same. But somewhere inside my heart I knew it was impossible. I started believing that once you start getting these pimples, they are not ready to leave you at any cost. Out of my own interest I started searching about what is the scientific reason behind acne and what clinical studies say about acne.
Types of Acne
According to clinical studies Acne vulgaris (acne) is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis which is notable for open or closed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory lesions including papules, pustules, or nodules. Clinical studies divide the acne lesions into two different types: one is inflammatory and another one if non inflammatory. Acne can be expected if you see
one of the following things occurring on your face and other parts of your body. Blackheads mark the onset of acne issue. These are black spots generally of the size of a pinhead. The only good thing about blackheads is that they do not leave scars and also don’t penetrate deeper into the skin cells. These black spots can be seen superficially on the skin for a few days after which they gradually vanish. The second most commonly seen marks are whiteheads. Whiteheads or pustules are the most common type of acne, are usually the first lesions people get. These are common in women who enter adulthood as a result of hormonal changes during menstruation. Some of you would also experience these during menopause, reason being the same hormonal imbalance. The last and the most annoying acne are deep pustules and cysts. They are usually red and swollen with visible pus. They are the most damaging type as they penetrate deep into the skin and also have a tendency to leave marks (temporary or permanent).
Treatment Options for Acne
If we talk about treating acne, benzoyl peroxide is an over-the-counter bactericidal agent that comes in a wide array of concentrations and formulations. The aim of all the clinical trials and studies is to prevent the acne from leaving scars, the reduction of psychological morbidity, and the resolution of non- inflammatory and inflammatory lesions. The real cause behind this annoying skin issue is still unknown but many doctors believe hormonal imbalance to be one of the major cause. The hormonal changes during teenage or pregnancy can trigger the ugly spots’ development. You can also get this problem immediately after you start taking birth control pills or just after you stop taking them. This also causes the hormones to get disturbed at once. Without any kind of hormonal disturbance also you can get acne on your face if your parents had the same issue. Several clinical studies have clearly indicated the prominent role of hereditary factors in acne. It is not necessary that if your parents did not have beautiful skin, you too will not have it, but you will more likely suffer from this heart breaking skin issue. Certain medicines can also lead to acne, some clinical studies suggest. Sometimes it is you and your own activities that create the real trouble for you. I was surprised to see that it was me and my activities that were giving birth to this beauty spoiling monster. The beauty products I was using were highly loaded with topical salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulphur. All these are not so uncommon and are usually available in abundance in almost all the over-the-counter treatments can dry out your skin, causing it to produce more oil and possibly blemishes. These were causing my skin loose its beauty. Then I found that a silicone also is the common culprit. It is found in all the skin care and cosmetics are also another ingredient on the list to watch out for that can clog your pores. What you use on face has direct impact but even if you are careful about the skin care cosmetics, your hair products and detergent might be doing things wrong for you. The sulfates, heavy moisturizing agents in conditioners, and silicone that your shampoo, conditioner, and stylers contain can seep into your pores, clogging them and resulting in chest acne or pesky pimples along your hairline. According to several studies conducted at the research clinics the small outcome of smoking a cigarette is acne, as smoking reduces the supply of oxygen of your skin. If the threat of cancer and asthma was not enough for you to quit smoking, add this also to the list. Now you may feel like quitting smoking.
How to Manage Acne Effectively?
Anyways, no patients is interested in the scientific definitions and theories, all an acne sufferer
needs is the right treatment that can give him / her back the much desired flawless skin. Creams and lotions containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or sulphur are widely available without a prescription. They are peeling and drying agents that unplug clogs and help the skin shed dead cells. But these are only false claims made by the dermatologist who will most probably get commission for prescribing the ointments for you. It is ultimately your skin and you have to find the right way to cure acne.
Clean your skin regularly but at the same time gently. You should always use a mild cleanser in the morning, evening, and after heavy workouts. Before choosing the face wash make sure you watch out for its contents carefully. Scrubbing the skin is not a good idea to remove dust and dirt if you have acne issue. It can even make the problem worse, making the pimples look bigger. Avoid touching the skin affected by acne again and again. People who squeeze, pinch, or pick their pimples can get scars that are even more difficult to get rid of. If you are shaving acne affected skin, you can try both electric and safety razors to see which works the best way for you. With safety razors, use a perfectly sharp blade to avoid new pimples on your face. Also, it helps a lot if you soften your beard with soap and water before putting on shaving cream. This reduces the chances of a cut and also minimizes the risk of skin getting scrubbed against the blade. The key principle for acne treatment as indicated by all the clinical studies is to stay out of the sun. Apart from acne, being in the sun a lot can also make skin wrinkle and raise the risk of skin cancer. Many acne medicines can make people more likely to have sunburn. It is hence advised in almost every other clinical trial that acne patient should take special care in avoiding acne. As I have also specified earlier, your make up sometimes turns out to be the real culprit. Therefore choose makeup carefully, and apply make up when it is really necessary. All makeup should be oil free. This means that the makeup will not clog up your pores. But some people still get acne even if they use these products. Shampoo your hair regularly. Regarding a few causes suggested by most of the clinical studies you cannot do much, like hormonal changes and hereditary factors. But all others are completely under your control. Work out with a doctor to choose a healthy diet that is focused at avoiding acne. Apart from this leave smoking immediately if you want you skin to look acne free. Follow the tips discussed above as all of them are a summary of what researchers have found after studying and experimenting on acne for years in their clinics.