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An Introduction to Acne

There isn’t a lot of people who can say they never had to deal with acne. Most of us, at some point in our lives, have had to deal with acne problems. While acne is a skin condition that affects millions of people, not that many people know exactly what causes acne or how to properly treat it. By the way.. before I will continue this article I want to say that many users asks me to write about skin tag removal and mole removal I want to say that I am working on it and it will be ready soon. at the meanwhile you can go  and read the blog I just linked for.. I found it very useful blog about skin tags and mole removal 🙂 I also recommend you read here and here

How Big of a Problem is Acne?

Acne is not a fatal skin condition. However, neglecting it can cause permanent scarring of the affected areas. Such breakouts and scarring can be harmful to a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Hence, acne must be attended to and treated properly. But in order to get the right acne treatment, you have have first have a general understanding of acne, its causes and the methods available to effectively treat it.

Myths About Acne

There are hundreds of urban tales about acne, some of which you might have heard of. These have been passed from one generation to another and mostly by middle school children. Out of the hundreds of acne myths, here below are four of the more prominent ones.

Acne Myth #1: Acne is the result of bad hygiene. Contrary to what most people believe and what your next door neighbor would tell you, acne is not caused by not washing your face. In reality, frequent washing of the face may actually worsen an acne problem. The solution is to wash the face 2x a day using a gentle facial cleanser. Avoid scrubbing your face hard as doing so will simply irritate the skin and may spread acne.

Acne Myth #2: Acne is the result of a poor diet. It has never been proven that eating foods like pizza, French fries and chocolate causes acne. However, common sense tells us that these foods are not the healthiest, and the best skin care option is to eat a healthy, well balanced diet.

Acne Myth #3: Acne is the result of everyday stress. Once more, there is no evidence showing that stress or tension causes acne.

Acne Myth #4: Sun exposure can cure acne. This is completely false. In fact, it has been proven that the sun can do a lot of harm than good to the skin. While a tan can camouflage the symptoms of acne, sun exposure can not cure acne.

What Causes Acne?

Essentially, pimples, whiteheads and other blemishes appear when oil secreting glands present in skin are blocked with the bacteria inside them. The body’s natural reaction is to attack the infection by sending white blood cells resulting in formation of pimple.

Treating Acne

A plethora of acne treatments can be found in the market but finding the one that works and suits you would require some experimentation. Any acne treatment can be made more effective by following these tips:

– Wash your face 2x a day with mild cleanser.
– Avoid rubbing or scrubbing your face during washing.
– Avoid picking, pricking or pinching your pimples.
– It is best to avoid wearing makeup, but if you need to, use cosmetics that are noncomedogenic.
– Avoid using oil-based makeup.

If you are using an acne treatment, apply it as prescribed by a dermatologist or as indicated in the label. Give it sufficient amount of time to see if it works for you. If you do not see any improvement in your acne condition after 8 weeks, that’s the time you should start looking for another acne treatment or ask your dermatologist for another recommendation.

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