Acne and its treatment – Acne Skin Care
Acne was a nightmare for me in my teens and I dreaded each pimple that came on the skin. It made me cry those night on the pillow. For some time in my life, I lost my confidence and forgot that I looked beautiful.
It took me loads and loads of time a patience to overcome those lonely days. I use to look at my friends and envy how they managed to look perfect all the time.
I had to do a lot of research to understant my skin conditions. Then I realised that there are two ways to combat acne.
- Natural Remedies
- Doctors approach.
Today we will be discussing how science and Doctors or Dermatologist approach acne issues. We will also discuss what is Acne ? and know what exactly happens to our skin which causes acne.
We will also discuss categories of products that can be used for acne issues
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world be it any age group or sex affecting millions of people all around you.
What is Acne ?
Acne is defined as a diseased condition of the skin that involves the hair and oil glands. It is characterised by pimples, black/white heads, reddishness and cysts.
Face acne can spoil your appearance to a great extent and body acne can really ruin your day by making you very uncomfortable.
Considering acne as a minor problem, some people tend to totally discard the topic of acne. However, the importance of ‘Acne skin care’ cannot be undermined in any way.
Acne is a menace. However, it’s not something that cannot be tackled.
Categories of Acne Skin Care Products
There are loads of acne care products around. We can classify acne care products into 3 broad categories –
* Preventive or general acne skin care products
* Over-the-counter, specialised acne skin care products
* On-prescription acne skin care products.
Preventive or general acne skin care products
The general skin care products are the ones that are used as acne-prevention measure. These include cleansers, make-up removers and similar products that help prevent acne.
In the real sense, these acne skin care products are just those that should anyway be part of your daily routine. However, some of these are more oriented to act like an acne skin product.
These acne care products act against the causes of acne e.g. limiting the production of sebum/oil and preventing clogging of skin pores.
Basically, these acne skin care products prevent the oil from getting trapped in pores and hence hamper the growth of bacteria that lead to acne.
The general acne skin care products also include exfoliation products like chemical skin peels like AHA or BHA. These work towards removing dead skin cells, hence reducing the possibility of pore-clogging and bacteria development.
Over-the-counter, specialized acne skin care products
Then there are specialised acne care products that are available over-the-counter i.e. without the need of a prescription.
These include products like vanishing creams which extract the extra oil from the skin. Most of these acne care products are based on benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, both of which are the enemies of bacteria (and hence acne).
You should start with a product that has lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide (e.g. 5%) and see how your skin responds to it.
Alpha-hydroxy-acid based moisturizers are also popular as acne skin care products.
You might have to try a few, before you zero-in on the acne skin care product that is effective for you. If nothing seems to work, you should contact a dermatologist.
On-prescription acne skin care products.
On-prescription acne s care products are the ones that are prescribed by a dermatologist. This can include ointments that can be applied on the affected area or oral antibiotics or just any topical treatment.
Dermatologist could also suggest a minor surgical procedure to remove the contents of pustules.
However, never try to squeeze or do this by yourself, it can lead to permanent damage of your skin. Your doctor could also prescribe a hormone-based treatment (since hormonal changes are also known to cause acne).
Such acne skin care products are known to be very effective in some cases.
So, with all those acne skin care products, tackling acne is not that difficult.
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