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Acne Suffers: Discover The Causes of Acne


Acne is one of the most common skin diseases among teens and adults. When acne is severe it can lead to permanent scarring. Acne is normally found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

What is Acne?

Many tiny hairs cover your face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Usually these hairs are barely noticeable. Each hair follicle has a gland surrounding it. This gland secretes through your hair follicle. When the hair follicle gets blocked the gland can not secrete through the hair follicle. Bacteria will begin to develop in the blocked follicle, which will cause inflammation. The hair follicle swells and bursts causing the bacteria to spill onto the skin.

What causes Acne?

The exact cause of acne has not been determined. Research has shown that teens have a higher hormone level during puberty, which causes the glands around the hair follicles to secrete more.

Heredity may be another factor. Family history will show whether acne is a problem within your family.

What causes Acne to be worse?

For girls, the hormone changes that occur prior to the menstrual cycle may cause acne to flare up. Starting or stopping birth control pills will cause a girlís hormone level to change. This may cause acne to become worse.

Stress will cause acne to become worse.

Certain drugs will cause your acne to flare up.

Acne can become worse when the hair follicles are under pressure. Makeup that contains oil can cause the hair follicles to stick together. Applying pressure to areas prone to acne will cause the hair follicles to become blocked. Resting your face in your hands, wearing a backpack, a tight collar, or a helmet can cause the hair follicles to become stuck together and blocked.

Pollution in the air and a humid climate can worsen your acne.

Donít Pick!

When you squeeze or pick at your acne you will make it worse. Scrubbing your face hard will also make it worse.

What Doesnít Cause Acne?

> Dirty Skin > Greasy Food > Eating Chocolate

Types of Acne

Whitehead / Blackhead: When the hair follicle is blocked it can become a whitehead or a blackhead. A whitehead is a small white bump on the skin that has not opened on the top of the skin. The blackhead is formed when it has reached the top of the skin and opened. The black is not dirt.

Papules: A small pink bump on the skin that is tender to the touch is an inflamed blocked follicle.

Pustules: Pimples are inflamed and filled with pus and red at the base.

Nodules: Located deep within the skin, these are solid lesions that are large and painful.

Cysts: Pus filled lesions that are deep and inflamed.

Cysts can cause permanent scarring.

Acne Medication

A dermatologist will treat acne to help reduce scarring and recurrence of the lesions.

Acne medication will help reduce the blocked hair follicles, oil production of the skin, bacteria, and the inflammation caused by acne.

Over the counter medication is available for the treatment of acne. A prescription medication will usually contain an antibiotic to help control the growth of bacteria.

Acne Skin Care

Wash your face gently. Wash twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, using a mild cleanser.

Remember, if you scrub hard you may cause your acne to become worse. Rinse your face thoroughly.

Wash your hair regularly. Wash it daily if your hair is oily.

Donít touch your skin. Scarring can occur if you pick or squeeze your acne.

Use oil free makeup.

Submitted by:

Terri King

Terri King offers free acne prevention and treatment tips at http://www.acnescram.com - an informative online guide to the latest acne related news, products, information, and more. Sign up for your free Acne Scram Newsletter at http://www.acnescram.com and receive a free bonus acne Ebook.







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