Let's Talk Acne...

  

Let’s Talk Acne…

One of the number one complaints/questions we get here at Skinchanted is how to deal with or get rid of Acne. So, I thought we’d take a short little look at some common misconceptions regarding acne and a few surprising rules. With that being said, let’s jump right in…

 

What is Acne: No one knows the exact cause(s). Many believe that acne is an infection of the skin. It is actually an inflammation of the skin. Acne primarily occurs in areas where pores contain larger more active secreting oil glands. Generally, in those prone to acne, the shedding cells seem to stick together and instead of rising to the surface they begin to form plugs at or near the openings of your pores.

 

Types of Blemishes:

  • Blackheads : The plug remains within the opening of the pore and remains exposed to the skin surface.
  • Whiteheads : Are plugged pores where the plug lies just beneath the surface with no opening for “escape”.

 

Grades of Acne:

  • Grade 1: (Mild) Whiteheads or blackheads but no pimples.
  • Grade 2: (Moderate) Blackheads, whiteheads and small pimples are present. Usually confined to the face and inflammation is minimal.
  • Grade 3: (Severe) Blackheads, whiteheads, and deeper pimples are present with more pronounced inflammation.
  • Grade 4: (Very Severe): Widespread and frequently involves the neck, shoulders, chest and back.

 

Factors that can aggravate acne:

Nervous tension, stress, illness, allergies, premenstrual women, ovulation, medications and some emotional disorders can all aggravate acne.

 

Common Myths and Misconceptions:

  • Acne is caused by dirt.
  • Super-scrubbing and/or drying your skin will clear up acne.
  • Acne is caused by letting your hair rest on your forehead.
  • Acne is caused by certain foods.
  • Acne is improved by sun exposure.
  • Acne is incurable.

 

Acne Treatments & Rules:

 

With inspiration from:

(“skincare for teens” by Nelson Novick, M.D.) and the following:

http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/acne

http://kidshealth.org/kid/grow/body_stuff/acne.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne_vulgaris