Acne is a treatable skin condition and there are many treatments that really works. Acne prevention can range from simple daily common-sense solutions to clinical proven treatments.
Acne affects 60 million Americans and is not a condition to be ashamed of but it is a condition that can be treated. So, let us take look at the most common types of acne and then some methods of treatment.
First, some acne statistics: Causes of acne include one or a combination of the following: – genetics – hormones – prescribed medications – oil-based cosmetics – stress – physical irritation, i.e. shaving, rubbing the skin – humidity and environmental pollutants – of the 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) that suffer from acne, 25% will have permanent scars ranging from severe to light – 20% of all adults have active acne – 60 million Americans have active acne – 20 million Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars. Although acne treatable, of those who suffer from acne: – 11 out of 100 will see a physician – 20 out of 100 will go to a skin care center – 30 out of 100 will use an over-the-counter medication from a drug store or pharmacy – 40 out of 100 will do nothing
Types of acne and what is it: There are many types of acne ranging from small red dot to pus-filled cysts. Acne develops when the hair follicle get clogged with dead cells and becomes infected with bacteria. This leads to inflammation and swelling of the infected site. The most severe type of acne is called Nodules. These are pus-filled cysts which run deep under the skin and spreads to the adjoining tissue. These are very painful and cause scarring much more frequently than any other type of acne. The most common type of acne is called Acne Vulgaris and comprises of both whiteheads and blackheads. This type of acne is very easy to treat. A little known treatment is 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, which is the most recommended treatment solutions available. Acne Rosacea is commonly found on middle aged adults seen as a red nose and flushing around the face. Another severe form of acne is called Acne Conglobata. This acne affects he face, back and chest and most commonly found in men.
Acne development: Acne is a skin condition that is caused by plugged pores in the skin. Normally, dead cells gradually shed to keep pace with the production of new cells. People who are affected with acne shed dead cell unevenly and the dead cells accumulate in he follicles plugging the pores with bacteria. This process takes place over a 2-3 week period before it appears on the surface of the skin. When a pore is closed and the plug remains inside, this is called a whitehead. When the pore is open and the plug pushes through on the skins outer surface, this is called a blackhead. The appearance of dark color of a blackhead is not dirt, but it is the build up of pigment.
Everyday tips for acne prevention: – use an astringent to remove excess oil – use oil-free moisturizers – apply a honey mask once a week – wash your face twice a day with a sulfur-based soap – wash your hair daily, your hair contains oil – take multi-vitamins daily – remove all makeup and cold creams before going to bed – drink at least 8 glasses of water each day – do not squeeze acne, it can cause more inflammation and infection – avoid alcohol-based lotions – wash or change your pillowcase each day – do not war tight clothes if your have acne on your body – avoid oil-based sun screen lotions – eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Other treatment solutions: If following these everyday tips for acne prevention does not seem to be helping you, you do have an alternatives. Medication developed specifically for the treatment acne do work, even on some severe conditions.