Solve my problem - What is Acne?
Breakouts can occur on anyone, but they are most associated with teenagers as their bodies begin to respond to the hormonal and environmental changes that affect their ‘system’ as a whole.
Acne can be embarrassing, and if it is not treated properly, it can cause permanent damage to the skin which can lead to further breakouts or scarring. If you plan to manage breakouts at home, it is important to take proper precautions.
What is Acne?
The Mayo Clinic explains that blemishes appear when the hair follicles become plugged with dirt, dead skin cells and oil, providing a home for bacteria to grow.
• Medicine.net notes that acne does not just have one cause. Increases in hormone fluctuation, irritating or damaging the skin, an increase in sebum or the skin’s natural oil production, heredity, stress or simply poor hygiene can all play a role in causing acne to appear.
The May Clinic reminds patients that in spite of the myths that consuming greasy food or chocolate can increase your acne, there is no ‘science’ to back up these ‘claims’.
Managing Breakouts Once They Occur
US News has outlined the key steps to managing acne so you can prevent breakouts while encouraging those already present to fade.
• Your skin care regimen should include cleansing the face twice a day with warm water and a gentle facial soap. US News notes that you should avoid products that contain excess oil as this can clog the pores and increase breakouts.
• When you wash, do not scrub the skin. Damaging the skin provides areas where bacteria can grow.
As per Medicine.net, it is important to continually treat your skin rather than simply treating when breakouts occur. This will help your skin to maintain the proper balance of natural oils and a low pH that will prevent bacterial growth. The site also reminds patients that treating breakouts right away can help to minimize scarring.
Products and Treatments
Once breakouts have started to appear you will need to take the time to apply products that can protect the skin from future damage.
• A common acne treatment is Medline Bacitracin Ointment with zinc. This can help to sooth a blemish that has opened so it will not leave an unattractive mark.
• Medline Remedy with Phytoplex Hydrating Cleansing gel can help to ward off acne by encouraging the skin to stay moist and maintaining the proper pH to discourage bacterial growth.
Perhaps the most important steps in treating breakouts come from you. It is important to avoid picking at your face, as this can cause scarring while spreading the infection and bruising the skin. You should also work to cleanse the face regularly with gentle products that will not strip the skin of its natural oils while washing away dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts.
Because much of the appearance of breakouts is linked to hormonal changes in the body, your doctor may be able to recommend dietary or lifestyle changes that will help to calm your skin and better control your acne.