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What Is Acne?

Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts and nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers to some extent. However, the disease is not restricted to any age group. Adults in their 20’s and even into their 40’s can get acne. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring. When severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring.

Acne Prevention

  • Don’t pick, pop or squeeze, or otherwise mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to infection or scarring. It almost always makes the acne you have worse.
  • Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillowcases can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.
  • Be sure to pull your hair away from your skin when you sleep.
  • Try to shower as soon as possible after your workout since sweat combined with skin oils can trap dirt and bacteria in your pores.
  • Don’t go to bed with makeup on. It can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
  • Make sure to clean cosmetic brushes regularly in soapy water and throw out old, contaminated makeup.
  • Use topical treatments anywhere that you tend to get breakouts -- don't just spot-treat existing pimples. The pore-clogging process happens two to three weeks before any blemish becomes visible on the skin.
  • Exercising regularly can help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help to prevent acne.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to help "detoxify" the body from the inside out.

    Acne Treatment

    Remember:

  • Resolution takes time
  • What works for one person may not work for another
  • A dermatologist’s help may be required

    Acne Scarring

    Scars form at the site of an injury to tissue. They are the visible reminders of injury and tissue repair. In the case of acne, the injury is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria and dead cells in the plugged follicle.

    Two types of true scars exist
  • Depressed areas such as ice-pick scars
  • Raised thickened tissue such as keloids

    When tissue suffers an injury, the body rushes white blood cells and an array of inflammatory molecules to the injury site to repair the tissue and fight infection. However, when their job is done they may leave a somewhat messy repair site in the form of fibrous scar tissue, or eroded tissue.

    Nevertheless, the only sure method of preventing or limiting the extent of scars is to treat acne early in its course, and as long as necessary. The more that inflammation can be prevented or moderated, the more likely it is that scars can be prevented. If scars form, a number of effective treatments are available.

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