Every one is having this acne problem. Three out of four teenagers have some acne, and some adults continue to have acne into their twenties, thirties, and forties.
When hair follicles in the skin become plugged with a combination of sebum (fat) and cellular material, a pimple results In teenagers, acne is linked to hormonal activity and often occurs on the face, back, chest, and upper arms. Adult acne shows up mainly on the face. An especially problematic form of adult acne, called rosacea, affects the skin of the nose, forehead, and cheeks. Acne rosacea usually responds well to medical treatment.
Almost in all cases, acne eventually goes away. Bit, it doesnít go away overnight. A regular skin care regimen can help avoid outbreaks.
Ocassionally the doctor may recommend a topical medicine, oral antibiotics, or both. Lotions, creams, or gels containing vitamin A acid . can help stop pimples from forming by preventing dead skin cells from sticking to the wall of the hair follicle.
Antibiotics work by keeping bacteria from forming and reducing inflammation. Rare cases of serious acne can be treated with a pill containing vitamin A.
But, medications have side effects, however, and should not be taken by pregnant women. Proper treatment of acne makes scarring unusual. However, if scarring does occur, the skinís appearance can be improved through cosmetic surgery. Although acne is not life threatening, its effects on self-esteem and self-confidence should not be downplayed.
Self care steps
- Wash your face once or twice daily with the cleanser of your choice.
- Use an acne cream or lotion. Start with over-the-counter lotions that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid as the main ingredient.
- Use an oil-free moisturizer labeled non-comedogenic. This means that the product has been tested and found not to cause pimples.
- Donít open your pimples unless your health care provider has given you instructions on how to do it correctly.