Published on November 27th, 2012 | by Nancy Russ
Pizza with Extra Toppings
I am talking about a lifelong battle with ACNE. I know it doesn’t show and my picture has not been photo shopped, however, I still have my battles with Acne.
ACNE can change the course of your life if you let it. When you are a teen, other teens can be cruel and hurt your self esteem and call you “pizza with extra toppings” because acne can look like that. When you are an adult, you may be scarred by ACNE and don’t know what you can do to make it appear better.
Here is some history on ACNE; why it happens, what you can do about it and things you should not do if you suffer from ACNE.
ACNE is caused by an over production of oil. It can be hereditary or caused by hormonal imbalances during puberty or later in life. Pores become clogged with oil and dead cells and may become inflamed causing pustules and cysts. ACNE can appear on the face, chest and back and can happen at any age.
This problem cannot be cured but can be managed or controlled.
Picking and squeezing can cause spreading of ACNE and more inflammation. Picking and squeezing can cause scarring and pigmentation and adds to the expense of repairing the damage.
Using a cleanser that contains Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid can cleanse the skin without stripping it of some of the oil that you need and if you are super oily, you may want to try a 5 percent or 10 percent Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser. BP Cleanser can be very drying, so use it intermittently so that you don’t dry your skin out to the point of making more oil.
Do not use rubbing alcohol
This product dries out the skin and causes even more oil. The same goes for bar soap.
See a dermatologist
Believe it or not, they can work with you to find an economical plan that works. Stop wasting money on over the counter skincare. OTC’s can dry the skin out even more, causing more oil and resulting in more breakouts. Besides, OTC lines are not sold by skincare professionals that know skin and skin conditions.
A dermatologist can prescribe a retinoid for use a night which can help keep the pores from getting clogged. Cosmeceutical retinols can also work well and do not require a prescription and can be purchased from a licensed skincare professional and some dermatology offices. Daytime topicals can also be prescribed as well as oral antibiotics that work from the inside of the body to kill bacteria and regulate the oil.
Find an aesthetician that works with ACNE. Deep pore cleansing is one of the best pre-treatments before beginning any Rx topical regimen to get the pores unclogged and open to accept the medicine prescribed.
The aesthetician will extract open and closed comedones (blackheads or whiteheads). They should not extract cystic acne. An aesthetician can also help you with a plan of action to obtain better results working hand in hand with the dermatologist to help you manage ACNE.
The plan of action can include Deep Pore Cleansing and a series of salicylic or glycolic peels. These treatments can help to repair some of the damage and prevent more damage to the skin.
More Tips that Will Help
Cleanse your skin before you go to bed, please. You must get the grime of the day off of your skin before you apply topicals that are the key to clearing skin. Cleanse your skin morning and evening; over cleansing can dry out the skin causing more oil. Squeaky clean is not always a good thing especially with regards to skin.
Change your pillowcase 3 times a week…just do it.
Drink plenty of water. Water hydrates and flushes out toxins. Half your body weight in ounces is a good rule of thumb.
If you wear makeup, be sure that it is “non-comedogenic” which means that it will not clog pores. Be on the lookout and read the label – avoid TALC at all costs as this is a pore clogging filler in many foundations that are liquid or powder.
Pizza, chocolate and other snacks do not cause ACNE unless you have an allergy to them. Sugar, in general is not good for the skin or body. Moderation is the best solution and eating a balanced diet is also a good idea.
Again, never pick. Not even your mother or sister or Aunt Helen is allowed to pick! I can’t stress this enough.
Be patient. ACNE cannot be controlled overnight, so give your regimen at least six months.
Be consistent and compliant with your regimen; it does not work if you don’t use it.
Lastly, seek professional help with ACNE. Stop self diagnosing and wasting money on treatments that don’t work.