The recipe for acne is simply a combination of built up oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores, and bacteria. Hair follicles become clogged with sebum, an oily substance that is excessively secreted with acne, and dead skin cells. As acne develops, the hair follicles become both inflamed and infected. Acne is generally located on the face and upper body regions.
Acne is never an easy fix and it requires patience and persistence in treatment. While it is most common in teenagers, acne can occur in younger children and in adults.
Acne and acne breakouts are recognized by a variety of lesions, including whiteheads, which are closed clogged pores; blackheads, which are open clogged pores; papules, which are small, red bumps; pustules, which are papules with pus; nodules, which are large, painful bumps beneath the skin’s surface; and cystic lesions, which are painful, pus-filled bumps beneath the skin’s surface.
It is certainly worth trying home remedies and over the counter treatments, but if those don’t work in a timely way, then please see your primary care doctor or see a dermatologist. Some remedies can cause a negative reaction. Please get immediate medical help if you have the following symptoms: difficulty breathing, feeling faint, tight throat, or facial swelling.
Acne is not caused by bad cleaning habits, though gentle cleansing of your face with a mild soap and warm water can help acne. If you use cosmetics, make sure you use water-based, oil-free products and clean off your cosmetics at the end of each day. Ask your dermatologist for cleanser suggestions. Eating greasy food does not cause acne;though being in surroundings with a greasy atmosphere can help to clog those pores.
Acne is also emotional. It can affect self-esteem, body image, and social interaction. Embarrassment and shame can surround having acne as well. If you or someone you are close recognizes these feelings, please know that you are not alone with the emotional impact of acne. Please tell your family practice doctor or your dermatologist and they can help you through this part of living with acne as well.