Acne: Oily and Dry Skin Types

February 18th, 2013 | Posted by Minnie in Acne - (0 Comments)

Acne is the number skin problem of teens most especially with the girls. Usually acne would begin to appear when a person reaches her puberty years and would sometimes just come and go.

The appearance of acne on the skin is not really pleasant looking. The more acne spots are present, the more dirty a skin could appear.

Thus treating acne has been one of the goals of many pharmaceutical companies that they will be able to create a product that is effective for treating acne.

However, the only problem with acne treatment is that the skin types of every person are different thus the approach to controlling should be individualized.

Can acne be totally cured?

Acne is a chronic skin disease. If you are genetically prone to develop acne at times, then you have to accept this fact.

However, if you observe proper care measures on your skin, then controlling its break out on your skin could be a great help. In other words, acne could be controlled but not totally removed.

What are the factors that could cause acne breakouts?

The most common cause of the presence of acne is both excessive oil production of the skin and excessive dryness and these two are usually controlled by hormones.

Thus any imbalance to your hormone production and secretions will cause the appearance of acne and most hormonal imbalances occur during the teenage years.

When your skin produces excess oil, it would be an opportunity for many bacteria and microorganisms to thrive in it.

It these bacteria would exceed in numbers that the body could tolerate, they would cause inflammation and redness on the skin and this is why most acne appear to be reddish.

When they finally start to die out, these bacteria would create a pus (that whitish thing that you see on the core of your pimple) and eventually dry out and heal.

Aside from bacteria getting in your oily pores, dirty could also get into them and clog your pores that producing redness also. Thus it is very important to wash your face at least twice a day.

On the other case, when you have a dry skin, this could also create acne breakouts. Dry skin would most of the time shed off and these dead skin cells that have not been properly removed by facial washing might also clog the pores and create your pimples as well.

Therefore it is important to keep your skin moisturized always so as to make it not so oily or not so dry.

How often should one wash her face to avoid acne?

washing faceIt has been advised that one must wash her face twice a day: once in the morning and once before going to bed. Too much washing of the face may make the skin dry.

Also choose a facial wash that is hypoallergenic so that it would not cause irritation and redness to your skin. But if you wish to be on the safe side, going to a dermatologist for consult on what products to use would be a good decision.

Acne: What Teenagers Like You Need to Know

December 10th, 2011 | Posted by Minnie in Acne - (0 Comments)

You don’t like the sight of facial blemishes on the mirror. Acne will never make you look “hot”. This skin issue has been one of the most common concerns that a teenager like you has.

Though this is common during this stage of your life, you must know that there are plenty of things you can do in order to spare your flawless skin from the ugly bumps.

What is Acne?

You know what acne is. This skin condition is very common and no one, neither you, can go past their teenage years without having a single zit.

You find red bumps that are often swollen or have comedones (whiteheads and blackheads) that make your skin look dirty.

What is even worse is having larger zits that contain nasty pus at the center. Though this is not a serious health problem, acne may cause depression and low self-esteem.

What Causes Acne?

The culprit to acne is the bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes.

Though there are many factors to its development such as diet, stress and genetic predispositions, skin infection is one of the identified causes of developing the zits. This is why antibiotic therapy may be prescribed in severe acne cases.

How Acne Develops

You may have overactive sebaceous glands or oil glands. These structures found in your skin produce “sebum” or “oil” which can clog up your follicles (pores).

Cell debris plus sebum can cause a blockage to your pores and lead to infection and inflammation. This is how you develop a swollen bump on your skin.

A good personal hygiene such as washing your face and doing beauty rituals such as using facial cleansing solutions may help you spare your skin from acne.

Antibacterial facial wash and creams are available in order to prevent the zits. Also, you can use oil control products that can help you with problems on shiny and oily skin that is acne prone.

Acne and Stress

Developing acne is also attributed to hormonal problems. When you are under stress, your glands produce stress hormones that can compromise your skin’s health. You may be wondering why you grow pimples after several sleepless nights.

enough sleepGet enough sleep and let your skin cells regenerate. You know that a healthy skin also depends on how much rest you take every night. During your sleep, your body starts to restore your skin cells which explains why you can prevent acne by staying stress free and getting enough rest.

Diet and Acne

Your skin doctor will tell you to shun oily and fatty foods from your diet. You know that oily skin is acne-prone. You have to eat loads of high-fiber, vitamin-rich, high-protein and antioxidant-rich meals in order to promote a healthy skin that is pimple-free.

Drink plenty of water to rehydrate your skin as well as flush out toxins. Avoid allergens and triggers to acne such as sugary foods and peanuts.

It is hard to battle with acne-breakouts. It takes a long time for these blemishes to disappear. It is then vital that you establish a healthy lifestyle and a regular beauty ritual that can spare your skin from the ugly zits.