A lot of people think that it is only teenagers that suffer from acne, this is not always the case though. I myself did not suffer my first outbreak until I turned 30. Everyone has the odd pimple during their teenage years as they are part and parcel of puberty. The changes teenagers go through during puberty are difficult to deal with, especially in today’s society where everyone is so image conscious.
Acne cannot be prevented from occurring altogether, as the causes can be hormonal as well as dietary and lifestyle. Everyone will agree that keeping skin clean is very important. Cleaning the skin morning and night is essential as this helps unblock pores by removing dirt and grease.
The treatment of acne however requires more than a good skin care regime. The purchase of over-the-counter-medications can be helpful. These are usually topical applications with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In some cases of acne prescription medications may be required.
The most common acne treatment is that of of benzoyl peroxide, found in a lot of topical treatments (ointments). Great care must be taken when using products containing benzoyl peroxide as it has a bleaching effect. Even though only a weak solution of benzoyl peroxide is used in acne creams, much stronger solutions are found in hair bleaching products.
As with most things in life not everything suits everyone. Benzoyl peroxide can be to harsh for some skins, and if you are one of these people, then look for acne treatments containing sulfur and salicylic acid.
Exfoliating the skin regularly has proved to be helpful in treating acne by removing the dead skin cells from the skin. The skin naturally sheds dead skin cells through a process called desquamation. However, with acne this natural process goes askew.
Not everyone will need to seek medical advice when treating acne. Mild cases of acne can be treated successfully just using over the counter remedies. Occasionally, some cases of acne are so severe that the only option will be a referral from your GP to see a dermatologist. UV light therapy is sometimes used by dermatologists in treating severe acne.
No matter how upsetting suffering from acne can be, acne can be treated successfully. Other things that can help improve the condition of your skin are drinking plenty of water and following a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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