In order to set about curing the problem of acne, it is necessary to understand the basics. It is a problem which occurs in many millions of people worldwide. Many people think that it is only a teenage or adolescent problem, but that’s not true. Adults also are included in the list of sufferers.
It can cause embarrassment to many but that’s not the only effect. It can cause anxiety, inferiority, insecurity, depression, self-consciousness and frustration.
Acne appears in a number of forms which include blackheads (the most obvious form), whiteheads, cysts or pimples. These various forms do not only appear on the face, but can be found on the neck, shoulders, chest or on the back.
The definitions of acne are:
Blemish - skin flaws
Pimple - any inflamed but small prominent raised portion of the skin
Blackhead - a skin condition which is seen as a black spot
Whitehead - similar to a blackhead but is seen as a small but firm white raised portion of the skin
Cyst - appears as a bump caused by a clogged pore which has swollen.
It is difficult to pin point the exact single cause of acne, but it can be set off by any one of a number of contributing factors. Probably the most common could be blocked pores, normally associated with excess oil. Changes in hormones are also responsible. Bacteria is another factor. One factor not normally thought about is that of genetics.
In the case of severe acne, scarring or pitting of the skin can take place. Deep acne scars are very hideous and may prompt the sufferer to visit a physician or dermatologist. Over the counter remedies should not be considered as the first step. They might work but are often short-lived in their effect.
Also over the counter products are not going to address the root cause of the problem. They will only attempt to reduce the obvious symptoms. It is possible to spend a lot of money and not really do anything to remove the problem long-term. Some products have been known to be hazardous and unhealthy. So be advised against travelling down this avenue.
One product that has been known to cause depression and severe birth defects is Accutane. There are regulations in place to control its use which make it mandatory for all prescribing physicians and patients to be tracked.
Cleansing the skin on a twice daily basis is good to remove dirt and dead skin cells that can cause the pores to clog. Over washing the skin can lead to a dry skin and/or irritation.
Something to avoid is the squeezing of the pimple, blackhead or whitehead, as this can lead to scarring or even more inflammation.
Ultimately the only true and sure way to rid yourself of acne, is the use a natural and holistic approach. Acne No More is one such method and is the result of years of research by a former sufferer who cured himsel
09 April 2012
Acne Basics understanding
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