Acne control for some is easy, while others with severe cases of acne struggle on a daily basis to keep outbreaks under control. Still others fall somewhere in between the two groups of extremes, suffering only from the occasional outbreak. No matter which category you fall into, acne is not pleasant and finding the one way to treat acne that works can be a difficult and frustrating process.
The essential methods of acne control are to keep pores from getting clogged, unclog infected pores, attack the bacteria causing the infection, or reduce the redness associated with acne. There are many preventative measures you can take to reduce the chance of having an acne breakout in the first place. Gently washing your face with soap and water once or twice a day will help prevent your pores from being clogged. Beyond this, benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in Oxy pads and many other cleaning wipes, helps to further clean your skin as well as dry it out. One of the biggest advantages of using benzoyl peroxide is that it can be used in combination with other products to treat acne.
Exfoliating is another very popular method of acne control. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. These dead cells can cause acne breakouts by clogging extremely active oil glands, especially those on your face. Exfoliating can also make you skin much smoother, softer, and healthy. However, some exfoliating agents can be very harsh, so a new exfoliating product should first be tested on a small area for reactions before using on your entire face.
Exfoliating products have added benefits that can help with acne control. Many of them contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients that will treat the existing acne, as well as reduce the redness and swelling, and thus, decrease the visibility of blemishes. One ingredient to stay away from is salicylic acid, common in many face care products, as it can be too harsh for your facial skin. Other ingredients used in creams and wipes to treat acne, such as sulfur or Azelaic acid, are much better choices and irritate facial skin less.
Some people with severe acne may need to consult a dermatologist for help with their acne control. A dermatologist may suggest a cleansing regime, use lights or lasers to treat and prevent breakouts, or prescribe medication. If you are prescribed medication, you should be wary of the side effects, as most acne medication is very harsh, even toxic. Some of these numerous side effects are somewhat discomforting, but others are very permanent. A few acne prescriptions have even been linked with depression, sometimes resulting in suicide.
Dermatologists may feel like a last resort for acne control, and the prescription medications do have their drawbacks. If you feel that you’re not ready to take that step, over-the-counter treatments for acne care, such as products containing benzoyl peroxide or Azelaic acid, might help you best. Should those solutions not be of help, visit a dermatologist before scarring occurs.
What are some of the other factors that increase the likelihood of getting acne?
That is a good question, and one that is probably on everyone’s mind. The tough part about acne is that there is not one single thing that can cause it. Several factors help cause acne. Some of them can be avoided, while others cannot. For example, one cannot change family history, but this is one very important factor in determining the development of some form of acne.
Hormonal activity is another. Women who are pregnant or who are menstruating have been known to suddenly develop bad cases of acne. Other factors, such as stress and certain medications, can also bring about acne. Remember: acne is based on the hormonal changes that take place within the body. Any life-changing or stress-inducing event is likely to alter a person’s chemical makeup. Finally, the accumulation of dead skin cells often contributes to increased acne.