Acne Information - Tips And Treatments For Zits, Blemishes, and Acne.
Adult Acne Treatment Information
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It is estimated that
one in ten adults, and up to 70% of women suffer from acne at
some time in their lives. On this page we will describe some common
causes of acne, explain the phenomenon that causes acne and give
you some tips on how to prevent acne.
There are various
causes of adult acne.
Hormones can cause acne. This is why women
tend to be more prone to acne than men. During ovulation, menstruation,
and childbirth, the ratio of male-to female hormones change, stimulating
the oil-producing glands that cause breakouts.
Stress and anxiety also contribute to acne eruptions.
These emotional strains on the body can contribute to hormonal
changes that can cause acne.
Some medicines that contain bromides and iodides,
barbiturates and lithium can cause acne flare-ups.
Extensive contact with telephones, hats and sweatbands
can cause friction that can trigger acne.
What is Acne?
Acne begins in your
hair follicles also known as your pores. (Pores are considered
hair follicles, even though not every pore grows a hair) Each
follicle contains a sebaceous gland, which is an oil secreting
sac that is attached to the follicle. These glands produce sebum,
an oil that keeps your skin from drying out. When dead skin gets
stuck in a follicle it combines with the sebum and creates a plug
called a comedo. A whitehead is a closed comedo, the plug lies
beneath the surface. A blackhead is an open comedo, where the
follicle's dark plug is visible. When clogged follicles fill with
bacteria, and they may rupture and cause severe acne.
Acne can be
prevented by various methods;
Acne treatments include
gentle cleansing either with a soap
formulated to fight acne, or an antibacterial lotion
that contains benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid. Avoid over
cleaning; twice a day is plenty. Some vitamin supplements that
contain Vitamin A (to normalize and reduce oil), zinc (to reduce
inflammation, redness and swelling), and beta carotene (increases
resistance to infection) help to keep acne from recurring.
If your acne does
not respond to these treatments, then it is best to see a dermatologist
who can prescribe prescription medications or procedures.
For acne related products please visit
our Skin care section.
- Keep your hands
and hair away from your face.
Your hands contain oils and dirt that can contaminate your pores,
thus causing acne. The same is true of your hair. Your hair can
contact your skin and cause acne.
- Don't squeeze
or pick your zits!
Tempting as this may be, it only makes matters worse. Most zits
heal on their own. Picking at zits is a bad idea. It increases
the chance of permanent scarring, spreads the bacteria and increases
the chance for infection. Yuck.
- Reduce stress
Try more sleep, exercise, warm baths and general relaxation.
Contrary to popular belief, diet has very little effect on acne
eruptions, but a balanced diet contributes to physical well-being.