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Understanding Your Acne



Inside Understanding Your Acne you will learn about the underlying sources of acne, how it can affect you, along with various treatment techniques that can help you learn effective ways to live acne free. Today we're going to discuss several of the different types and reasons for acne, to ensure that you can have a better understanding of how acne begins and how you can help minimize and even prevent breakouts.

Acne (Acne Vulgaris) is a skin problem that affects 40 to 50 million people in the USA alone and nearly 85 % of all people have

endured some variety of acne breakout during their life. While it usually rears its ugly head during adolescence is not restricted to a particular stage of life. Sufferers of adult acne can develop symptoms in their 30s, 40s and 50s (which really is not much fun).

This common skin condition manifests itself in pimples, lumps, cysts,nodules and plugged pores, most commonly called blackheads and whiteheads. Breakouts are usually experienced on the face, neck, back, shoulders and upper arms. There are several factors which contribute to the development of this. Inflammatory skin disorder. Including the overproduction of oil by enlarged oil glands in the skin, blockage of hair follicles that release oil and the growth of bacteria within hair follicles. Other factors which can bring about breakouts include stress, accumulation of dead skin cells, an allergic reaction to bacteria in the pores, scratching, certain medications and using anabolic steroids.

Genetics and hormonal changes also play a big role in whether or not you will have acne breakouts. Chances are that if your parents or grandparents experienced it, you will be prone to acne breakouts as well, especially during times of hormonal flux like puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. As mentioned above there are several kinds of acne that can range from mild to severe. In severe cases of acne can even be disfiguring. Let's briefly go over the some of the common types of acne so that you can easily identify and begin treatment when breakouts occur.

- Whiteheads.

These appear as a white spot on the surface of your skin. They are caused when a pore is fully blocked, entrapping in oil (sebum),.

dead skin cells and bacteria. It will usually heal much faster than other forms of acne.

- Blackheads.

These occur when a pore is only partly stopped leaving a portion vulnerable to the surface causing the trapped oil, bacteria and dead skin cells that contain skin pigment to drain to the surface of your skin and oxidize, then turning it brown or black in color. A common misunderstanding is that blackheads are caused by dirt. This is untrue, they can not be washed away. Instead they often take a long time to heal.

- Pustules.

These are also a very commonplace type of acne (so lovingly described as a zit). They look like a red inflamed bump with a white or yellow center. While best practices say you should never squeeze a pustule, if you must then it is a good idea to follow the advice of medical professionals who suggest gently poking the pustule with a sterilized needle and draining the pus with tissue-covered fingers.

- Papules.

Papules are inflamed red, swollen and often tender bumps that have no head. These occur when there is a break in the follicular wall. White blood cells enter and the pore becomes inflamed. It is extremely important not to squeeze a Papule because it will make it worse or even cause scarring.

- Nodules.

Nodular acne is much bigger other kinds of acne and can be very painful. They are large, hard bumps under the skin surface, they often cause scarring and imperfections which can produce future flare ups. Similar to Papules these should never be squeezed because you can cause severe trauma to the skin and the lesion may last for months longer than it normally would.

- Cysts.

These seem the same as a nodule, but they filled with pus. They may be extremely painful and cause scarring as well. Squeezing a cyst may cause an infection and induce more painful inflammation which will last much longer than if you had left it alone. See a dermatologist for treatment. Often a cortisone shot or some kind of steroid treatment will enable them heal much faster.

Some skin problems like; Rosacea, skin allergies and Eczema can closely mimic acne. There are also more severe, unusual styles of acne like Pyoderma Faciale, Gram-Negative Folliculitis and Acne Conglobata that do not respond well to conventional acne treatments.

If you are uncertain of whether you have common, manageable acne or something different, your dermatologist should be able to.

quickly diagnose your condition and prescribe the most effective treatment regimen for you. If you understand what kind of ACNE you suffer from, make sure you investigate all of the natural ACNE cures and medication options available to you in order to get the best treatment options for your skin.


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