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Acne involves changes in the hair follicles on the skin.

WHITEHEADS; during purberty,changing hormone levels(especially the production of androgens)

increase keratine & sebum production. Increased keratin makes the lining cells thicker.

This & more sebum can lead to blockage & swelling of the hair follicle to form a comedone.

Comedones may be 'open' or ' closed. A whitehead appears creamy white in colour % is

know as a closed comedone as the plug is under the skin.

BLACKHEADS; whiteheads can become blackheads when enough sebum builds up behind the

plug to push it to the skin surface, becoming an ' open comedone. It darkens when exposed to light due to the accumulation of skin pigment melanin ( not because of dirt)

PIMPLES; while more sebum is being produced, bacteria in the hair follicle multiply and break

down the oil. This causes inflammation & small red, raised bumps appear. The follicle may become red & full of pus, forming a pimple. In time the comedone may burst, releasing its contents under the skin surface. Squeezing the skin @ this stage may cause damage to the surrounding skin.

WHAT MAKES ACNE WORSE; * Some skin care & hair care products increase the amount of oil on the skin & may block the hair follicle eg. oil based make-up hair oils sun tan oils.

*Some medicines- ask your pharmacist or doctor.

*Scatching,squeezing or picking the skin.

*Sweating a lot

*High humidity

*Hormonal changes

*Stress,anxiety or illness.

*There is no evidence that chocolate or fatty foods cause acne or make it worse.

SELF CARE

*Gently wash the area affected by acne twice a day & after exercise. Use an antibacterial soap.

Pat dry with a soft towel.

Heavy oil based facial products can make acne worse. Use water based moisturisers & suncreens.

* Thoroughly removemake-up @ the end of the day

* Wash your hair regularly.

* E xcercise regularly, eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh food & water. This will improve your general health & be reflected in the condition of your skin.

INFO from my local pharmacy

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Moved to the "Mild to moderate acne" forum, as this has nothing to do with scar treatments.

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Moved to the "Mild to moderate acne" forum, as this has nothing to do with scar treatments.

Sorry, didn't mean to piss anyone OFF!!

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Moved to the "Mild to moderate acne" forum, as this has nothing to do with scar treatments.

Sorry, didn't mean to piss anyone OFF!!

No one's pissed off, lol. AKL was just letting you know that he'd moved your thread. ; )

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