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Top 10 FAQs about acne

February 15, 2012 by Works with Water

Acne is  the most common skin health condition that every teenager and some adults face. People who have it tend to have similar kinds of questions about it and its treatment. We have compiled some of the most common questions asked by people with acne.


1. What causes acne?

Acne, commonly known as pimples, spots or zits, is a disorder of the sebaceous glands (oil glands.) Whenever there is excessive sebum production (sebum is the oil produced by the sebaceous glands), there is clogging of the glands, which happens along with dead skin cells forming a micro plug. This forms a whitehead.

2. How Long Will My Acne Last?
While there is no way to know how long a specific outbreak of acne will last, many people will probably be dealing with acne until the end of their teenage years, when hormones begin to be more in balance. Other people may deal with acne as adults. In almost all cases, the right treatment can provide some if not complete relief.

3. I never had acne as a teenager. Does this elevate my chances of getting acne as an adult?
Adult acne is becoming very common and is one of the most common skin health conditions in adults nowadays. Sebaceous glands are under the influence of hormones, thus the production of acne in adults. Hormonal imbalances lead to acne trigger, thus it can happen to both teenagers and adults.

4. I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?
Unlike the general perception, you shouldn’t wash your face too many times in a day. This is because it strips the skin of its oil and this mechanically stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Also avoid exfoliating to prevent irritating the skin. If you must use an exfoliator, make sure it’s extremely gentle and exfoliate only once every other week to once a week in the morning depending on how your skin is reacting.

5. What is the best way to treat acne?
Everyone’s acne must be treated individually. If you have not had good results from the acne products you have tried, consider seeing a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will decide which treatments are best for you.

6. I have a habit of squeezing my blemishes. Is it wrong?
This condition is called acne excoriate. It is the worst thing to be done to any eruption. Marks, which are caused due to nail injury, are sometimes permanent. Therefore, it is never advisable to squeeze your acne or blemishes. It can also cause acne scarring.

7. How can I treat my acne scarring?
Collagen induction is the best way to treat scars. Treatment options can range from microdermabrasion, peels, microneedling to fractional resurfacing lasers, depending upon the extent and severity of the scars.

8. Is stress one of the leading causes of acne?
Yes, stress is among the most common causes of acne. Stress causes specific hormone secretion, which stimulates sebaceous glands and eventually leads to acne. Because of stress, the bacterium in acne multiplies in larger numbers. Too much acne can cause inflammation too and leads to full blown acne lesions. Please note that acne is indirectly related to diet. Avoid junk food to keep acne at bay. It disturbs the hormones, and hence aggravates acne. Eat healthy food with lots of fruits and vegetables.

9. What role does diet play in acne?
Acne is not caused by food. Following a strict diet will not, clear your skin. While some people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain foods, particularly chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or influences acne.

For  your overall health, eat a balanced diet and avoid high glycemic diet as this has been associated with worsening acne.

10. What kind of cosmetics and cleansers can acne sufferers use?
Look for “noncomedogenic” cosmetics and toiletries. These products have been formulated so that they will not cause acne. In a cleanser look for key words such as antibacterial and antimicrobial, these are usually foam or gel based cleansers. Acne is not caused by lack of cleansing. In fact, scrubbing your face too often or using harsh soaps can exacerbate the condition.

Though it is more expensive than regular makeup, makeup for acne prone skin is the best solution to reduce the appearance of acne pimples and scars. Plus, using makeup for acne prone skin won’t make you suffer with worse acne every time you put it on. Reducing the amount of pore blockages is a good start when treating acne, and some women find their breakouts improve just by changing to noncomedogenic makeup.

ALSO don’t forget to clean your applicators frequently. Half of the fight against blemishes is reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria on your skin. And makeup brushes and applicators are bacteria magnets. Wash all makeup brushes with antimicrobial soap a few times each week

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