Don’t make it less. Acne is a big pain in the neck (or is it in the face?). For any long-term sufferer of permanent acne, frequent breakouts can impact your appearance, social, and professional life. Acne can also cause the self-esteem to take a nosedive. Acne origins are as unique as acne sufferers themselves and, though acne is the most common skin disorder, actually there is no cure. This fact is a sad reality for those with ongoing, resistant acne. What are common acne causes? Are there any good effective treatments? And is there a cure on the horizon? All these questions will be briefly answered in this article.
Acne vulgaris is a skin disorder caused by overactive oil glands which trap bacteria and result in clogged pores. These clogged pores may become pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, lesions, or nodules. All acne is different but there are at least four recognized acne causes. These are: heredity, hormonal changes, diet, and stress. Some acne causes can be dealed. Heredity is the only cause that simply exists and cannot be changed. Hormones, particularly when we talk about women, can be regulated by pills for birth control. In teens and adults in a young stage, avoiding foods that contain white flour or sugar can help reduce insulin levels which can affect hormones. Other dietary changes include, to stop caffeine, processed foods, carbonated drinks, pasta, and fatty foods. Having plenty of water, fresh fruits and vegetables, and natural, unprocessed foods to your diet can dramatically impact the skin.
Stress is a problem too and can be managed too. Rather than allow your boss, work, relationships, time commitments, or health worries to cause stress, it is beneficial to add relaxation techniques (such as brainwave audios) and exercise to manage life stressors. Alternative therapies can all reduce stress and incidence of acne breakouts.
If natural treatments like maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress, getting plenty of rest, avoiding the sun, and maintaining a strict skin care regimen all fail to get rid of acne, other approaches may need to be tried. A dermatologist can recommend prescription medications in oral or topical form. Antibiotics and retinoids are the most successful treatments for managing acne. Cosmetic treatments such as facials, dermabrasion, and laser treatments are also effective for reducing acne and minimizing acne. Acne causes can change over time, so a treatment that works for teen-hormone-related acne may not work for stress-related adult acne.
Unfortunately, acne treatment can be a study in trial and error to find what is the best for you.