8 facts about acne and acne treatmentThese eight facts about acne and acne treatment will help you treat your skin better and help you clear up your skin.
Learn the facts about acne. When you know what causes it and how to treat it, you will be well on your way to clearer skin.
1) Acne is basically another word for clogged pore. While skin sheds its cells, not all of the dead skin cells flake away. Sometimes the get stuck on the skin when they mix with your skin's oils. When this happens, the pore gets blocked and icky stuff like excess oil and bacteria get stuck in the pore with no way out. This causes acne, your inflamed bumps and blemishes.
2) Now that you know acne is caused by a build-up of skin cells blocking your pore, it should seem obvious that the best way to treat your acne problem is to exfoliate those dead skin cells. And if you were thinking that, you were correct! Take care of your skin by washing it regularly. Using an oil-free cleanser that contains the ingredient salicylic acid in the morning will help get rid of those pore-clogging cells. If you already have some trouble with acne, use a product that contains benzoyl-peroxide at night to help kill the bacteria that has already gotten itself trapped in your pores.
3) Now that you know what really causes acne, you don't have to worry that your skin is just dirty or that you don't have sufficient hygiene. This means you no longer have to try washing your face 5 times each day. If you already have acne, scrubbing on it with a harsh exfoliant or wash cloth will only irritate it. That's why using a product with salicylic acid will help you more than scrubbing. It will help you gently get rid of skin cells.
4) Now that you know what ingredients to look for in a product, go out and get them. Try the new products out for a couple of weeks. You have to give them a chance to work. If your skin really hasn't improved at all, or if it has gotten noticeably worse over the course of the two weeks you've used the product, it may be time to switch to something else. Make sure before you switch that you were using the products only as directed. If these products aren't working for you, see a dermatologist before trying a deciding on the next product. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you something new and more powerful than what you were previously using or recommend something that will work with your skin problem
5) A dermatologist can also recommend a more high-tech option to prescription cleansers and creams, such as light treatments that kill surface bacteria for months. The downside to these treatments is of course the hefty price, usually hundreds, or even over $1,000.
6) You can ask a dermatologist for prescription oil-control medication if she tells you that excess oil is a problem. One indicator of oily skin is usually visible, large pores. If you have large pores then your skin is more acne prone so a visit to the dermatologist for advice and prescription strength skin products might be necessary.
7) If you don't have the money to afford a visit to the dermatologist, try using a weekly mud mask that contains the ingredient sulfur which can help calm inflamed and broken-out skin.
8) Women's acne problems fluctuate due to monthly hormone surges which cause an increase in oil production. Make sure you stick to a regular skin care routine all month. Don't abandon your routine when your skin looks good and then try to start it up again once a month, once the acne has already started. Keep exfoliating and taking good care of your skin regularly.