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Understanding Acne

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Acne is often understood to be a condition that affects teenage boys. Acne can affect both men and women of all ages. Although acne is generally a temporary condition, how early it is treated and the methods you choose to treat it can affect how acne affects your skin in the long term. We hope that this guide can provide you with important information about acne, and the importance of proper treatment. For more information about acne, visit www.acneguide.ca.

Acne is caused by a combination of hormonal changes, acne bacteria, and inflammatory responses of the skin. The sebaceous glands which are responsible for producing skin oil become overactive, and make the skin excessively oily. The pores become clogged with oil, and promote the growth of acne bacteria. The inflammation results in conditions like pimples, cysts, or nodules. Aggravating factors can include oil based cosmetics, or long and oily hair that is constantly touching the face. Squeezing or scratching pimples are another way in which acne is commonly aggravated. Irritating existing pimples will only result in increased inflammation of the skin, and can lead to permanent scarring. Leave the pimples alone, and allow it to naturally heal over time. After the pimple has subsided, you may notice that it left a bright red mark where the pimple was located. This mark will generally heal over 6 to 12 months, and is an expected response after a pimple. Finally, the emotional and social aspects of acne should not be trivialized. Acne, especially severe acne can have a significant emotional impact, causing embarrassment and self-consciousness, anxiety, and can lead to depression and social withdrawal. It’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible, as there are plenty of effective treatments that are available.

For mild cases of acne, there are many cosmetic tools that can be used to hide the appearance of acne or other minor skin conditions. While these are often helpful, remember to use products that are free of oil. These products can aggravate your acne further. Acne cleansers can also help by removing excess oil, makeup, dirt, dust, and sweat from the skin surface. This also allows for your skin to absorb other topical treatments that you may be using for your acne. Finally, topical creams can be an important part of your treatment regimen, as they improve your acne condition, and simultaneously encourage collagen production, which helps to smooth out acne scars.

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