Acne: We Need to Talk About it
- Posted on: Jul 15 2017
Across the globe, people of all ages must combat the factors that can cause breakouts. A good many people perceive acne is an adolescent condition. However, research indicates that pimples and pustules can remain problematic well into adulthood. In some cases, breakouts don’t even begin until this phase of life. There are numerous potential reasons for the development of acne. Discussing them is relatively unnecessary. What is necessary is to address how the skin can be quickly improved so the risk of scarring can be reduced.
A Multi-Step Approach
Initial treatment for acne may be to develop a skin care regimen to promote clarity. The temptation to over-wash, or wash with harshness, must be resisted. More is not better when it comes to acne treatment. In the first few weeks of an acne flare-up, one may ease symptoms by:
- Gently washing the face (or other afflicted area) with a mild cleanser. Most products developed for acne contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These ingredients are effective at fighting bacteria and diminishing the oil production that clogs pores.
- Moisture is a must! Acne does not mitigate the need for moisturizing. In fact, it elevates this need. However, products should be non-comedogenic, so pores do not become clogged quickly after washing.
- Acne-affected skin is sensitive skin. Be gentle! No rubbing, only dabbing.
If routine washing day and night, and the application of over-the-counter acne products does not ease inflammation or clear pores, professional care should be sought. There is a very real risk of scarring with acne, and very intense psychological turmoil exerted on the youth with this condition. Several treatment options for acne exist, including prescription topical creams and oral antibiotics.
Acne is not the fault of one’s own. There are underlying issues, such as hormone imbalance, which make it easier for bacteria to take action against the skin. With appropriate treatment, it is possible to clear existing acne and minimize the risk of future problems.
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