Acne is the skin condition that causes whitehead, blackheads, and red growths that are usually inflamed. These red growths are usually called papules, pustules and cysts. In layman’s term, this is what we call pimples or ‘zits’.
Acne is a disease of the hair follicles of the face, chest. It may also occur on thighs or at the back. This usually affects males and females especially during puberty. This disease usually occurs when tiny holes on the surface of the skin becomes clogged. Its not only common in teenagers, it can also occur at any age. It can even manifest in infants. Survey says that there are three out of four teenagers have acne. One of the causes is the hormone change wherein there is an increase production of oil in the skin.
Cause of Acne
Acne happens when the sebaceous glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty by elevated levels of male hormones. The clogged hair follicle enlarges and eventually produces a bump. The wall may rupture, allowing irritating substance enter into the deep layers of the skin, thus producing inflammation.
Treatment for Acne
The number 1 prevention for acne is regular washing of face. Clean your face with a mild, non drying soap. You might want to consider using Dove, Neutrogena, Cetaphil .
If you are using make-up, remove it using a cotton and wash once or twice a day including after activities or exercising.
As much as possible, try not to squeeze, pick or rub the pimples or zits, as it will worsen your pimple. It will also lead to infecting your pimple and scarring. Avoid touching your face with your hands or fingers. When using make up, avoid the greasy make ups or creams. Don’t forget to take off make up at night. Make sure not to sleep with make ups on.
If all else fails, try applying benzoyl peroxide, sulfur or salicylic acid directly to your skin. They work by killing bacteria and drying up skin oils. They may cause redness or peeling of the skin, so don’t panic if ever you notice your kin peels.