Health & Beauty: Help for acne

Health & Beauty: Help for acne

By RoxyK

The most annoying bump on the skin can really bring you down, especially those little ones that appear overnight before you have an event the next day. Let’s take a look at the reason behind this unsightly red bump.
The primary cause of acne is the rise of androgen levels. This hormone rises when you become an adolescent. This makes the oil glands under your skin grow, which produces more oil. Excessive sebum breaks down cellular walls in your pores, causing bacteria to grow. Factors that may trigger acne are hormone levels, certain medications and diet.

Acne medications are available in the forms of soaps, pads, creams and lotions. Most products contain products like resorcinol, which helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and slows down the production of oil. This works as a cleaning agent by clearing pores. Salicylic acid is a white crystalline substance which helps treat inflammation and swelling by breaking down blackheads and whiteheads. Sulfur acts as an antibacterial agent. Retin-A helps unplug blocked pores. Azelaic acid strengthens cells that line the follicles, stops oil eruptions and reduces bacteria growth.

Laser and light therapy targets the bacteria that cause acne inflammation. This form of therapy is known to improve skin texture and lessen the appearance of scars. Then there is the chemical peel which is effective when used in combination with other acne treatments. Natural remedies like nautical bentonite healing clay and tea tree essential oil works on the spot itself. Washing the face too often tends to dry out the skin, so rather use a mild cleanser and apply the spot control twice daily.
Cleanse the body from the inside by drinking at least eight glasses of water. Keep away from fatty fried foods and too much rich sauces. Cut back on eating refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and sugar coated cakes. Try and avoid using make-up on the infected area for a while since make-up will merely clogg the pores and cause more breakouts.

Make sure that you wash all make-up brushes and applicators with warm water and soap to get rid of any bacteria. A good exercise routine is a great way to move your lymphatic system. A vitamin rich in vitamin A will help regenerate your skin, reduce wrinkles and help clear spots and blemishes. NEVER try to pick or pop your pimple. Acne is bacteria that lives in your pores and by popping your pimples the acne has a chance to spread over the skin to other pores. Keep your hands away from your face and allow the medication that you have applied to work on the infected area.

Acne can really be persistent and if you have tried every product on the market without any results, get professional advice from a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose your skin condition and prescribe the most suitable medication and treatment for you. Help yourself and your body by making the right choices by exercising, eating right and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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