Misconceptions About Acne

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There are plenty of ways to find information about the causes and treatment of acne. However, perceptions handed down from generation to generation are truly difficult to change. Similar to any other concept that it taught by example, acne as a condition reserved for “dirty” skin, or “teens who live on junk food” is broadcast in advertisements and parental lectures all over the world.

As stated, the perception of acne being the result of skin not being clean is not reality. This idea can even be harmful to some acne sufferers who may try too hard to clean their skin, thus causing more damage and increasing breakouts. If cleanser is used on any area of skin more than 2 or three times in a 24-hour period, it actually causes the skin to dry out, and then secret increased amounts of oil. If the process is continued it becomes a cycle that perpetuates, and often worsens the health of the skin.

A similar perception of acne that points to teenage sufferers is that your diet can contribute to the formation of acne. The reality is that there have been no scientific studies to support the idea. Overall health can help your body fight infection, and acne blemishes are infections of hair follicles. Yet specific foods, like chocolate, fried foods, and sugar, do not in and of themselves cause acne breakouts or individual blemishes. Eating sensibly is recommended for ALL people of ALL ages. This allows your body to handle all sorts of stresses and exposures to germs without any need for intervention by medical professionals.

Sun exposure is another commonly mistaken treatment form. While minimal exposure to the sun does even out the skin tone, it does it by damaging the skin that is not currently affected by acne to the degree of the actual acne blemishes. The result is that the body produces healing agents for the damaged skin, and increasing the number of blemishes that occur.

**An additional side note about sun exposure – when treating acne with benzoyl peroxide, the skin becomes extremely sensitive to sunlight. The risk of severe burns increases with this product, so be sure to wear appropriate sun block regardless of the weather.

For women who are affected by acne breakouts and scarring, the common solution to hide the embarrassing blemishes is to cover them with make-up. Over time, this has lead to the perception that make-up actually causes acne. This is not an accurate statement. The current formulations of cosmetic products are non-comedogenic, and therefore will not clog the pores. Though it is possible to sweat enough for the make-up to seep into pores, fragrance-free water based products minimize the effects. It is best to avoid wearing cosmetics when sweating may be a factor.

One final common mistake people make is believing advertisements that claim to “cure” acne problems. The proper explanation of the results of these products is “effectively treats” acne breakouts. There is no permanent way to handle acne breakouts. With dedication to a cleaning and treatment routine, breakouts can be extremely limited and controlled.

There are many other myths that are passed around about acne causes and treatments. Don’t despair, consult a medical professional for individualized advice and information.

Baby Acne Treatment

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Given birth to a child is the best gift God has ever given to any woman!!! As rightly said, baby’s face is the innocent face, but suddenly you see small red pimples appearing on their cheeks. These are called baby acne. Acne in babies begins with small red spots in the form of pimples. You may be surprised to see that sometimes these pimples clear out automatically, whereas sometimes these really show up on their face, because the severity of baby acne directly depends on the mood and state of mind of baby. If a baby is constantly crying for hours, or is upset, or hungry, or irritated, the acne really breaks out in full.

Baby acne is common. It may be caused due to mother’s hormone level as while giving birth the hormones are allowed to pass through the placenta to the baby of a period of time. Now these hormones stimulate the production of the oil and increase the level of oil in the skin which results to baby Acne. Sometimes due to the withdrawal of maternal hormones after delivery also leads to acne. The boys are likely to have more acne than girls. And you can forget about the scars totally as they disappear automatically.

Never should you use any kind of products for their skin as they are very sensitive, herbal or organic. Doctor’s might advice you to wash your baby’s face with fresh water or very mild soap. It usually takes five to six months to disappear. But if you see it’s taking time, please visit your doctor. Make sure baby’s clothes like the towels, bibs, socks and other clothes are carefully washed so that there’s no soap or detergent left on them. Sometimes soaps also play some roles for the acne. Keep your baby clean so that he or she is not getting irritated with saliva or milk which is falling or aggravating the acne.

The recovery of the acne largely depends on your baby’s mood. Also do not panic and start looking for medication to cure acne as sometimes even after using oils or creams and proper medication, the rashes don’t disappear. But it may further add to more acne. Extra care has to be taken during winter season by the mother’s. Make sure that the baby’s skin has space to breathe. The blankets or sweaters should not touch the affected area. Do not use lotions or oils on the skin which again might add to more acne. While clean the face, dab the towel very slowly on the skin without hurting the acne and making it worse.

There are natural products which are on the market like baby washes and lotions which are natural products and made specially to treat baby acne instead buying the daily products as your baby’s skin is very sensitive.

Also, Milia – white bumps on your baby’s nose or chin are different from baby acne and can be cured faster than baby acne and not common like acne.

Introduction to Acne Treatment

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Although the common stereotype of acne centers on the faces of teens, acne, in several different forms, affects people of all ages. In order to treat acne, and eventually defeat it, first understand what is happening to the skin. The basic types of skin blemishes are “inflammatory” and “non-inflammatory.” The first types, “inflammatory,” are papules, pustules, nodules, or cysts. “Non-inflammatory” acne is in the form of whiteheads or blackheads.

Acne begins when a sebaceous follicle at the surface of the skin becomes blocked, thus preventing the release of sebum, or dead skin cells. These clog the follicle, and begin to produce bacteria. The result is a blackhead when there is still enough of an opening for the sebum to slowly be released, or a whitehead when the opening is completely blocked. These types of blemishes should never be squeezed or lanced, since this will not only be futile in removing the blemish, but also may create a deeper infection and irritation.

Then there are the “inflammatory” examples of acne, the smallest being the papule. The papule is a small, raised bump on the surface of the skin. Several of these in close proximity can lead to a rough, gritty feel on the skin. The skin reacts to the acne process, and papules are then formed.

A pustule is another “inflammatory” form of acne. These are small, raised spots on the skin that are filled with pus, and are slightly more extreme acne. There is generally a hair within the pus, as well as bacteria, white blood cells, and dead skin cells. When a papule or pustule begins to heal, the skin looks reddish and inflamed. The place where each pustule or papule was is now called a macule. The close proximity of these healing lesions contributes to the stereotypical red face of the teenager.

More severe forms of acne appear as nodules, or raised blemishes that reach deeper into the layers of the skin, and can leave scar tissue once it heals. These are often quite painful, and if not treated properly, can lead to the development of cysts. The most extreme level of acne is the cyst. This sac-like lesion is similar to the papule or pustule, but is much larger and more damaging to the skin. A cyst will almost certainly scar the skin, and is resistant to most typical acne treatments.

Again, the stereotype of someone with acne is a teenager, or pre-teen. However, men and women far into adulthood can be affected. Studies show that the most likely time to experience acne is between the ages of twelve and seventeen, affecting almost 100% of that segment of the population. Yet there are many women in their 20’s, 30’s and even through their 50’s that have difficulty with acne due to hormonal changes and fluctuations. Women also inadvertently have more chances of developing acne with the use of many make-up and cleansing products on the market today. Overall, acne can occur in anyone, at any age. The most important part of defeating the problem is to do some research to find a product regiment that suit’s the particular type and causes of the acne. Visiting a dermatologist can speed the process.