More than 60 million people in the United States are affected by acne at some level. Contrary to belief, acne is not caused by chocolate or potato chips and other fatty foods. It isn’t solely due to hygiene either; however, these do add to the problem along with stress and other factors. It doesn’t happen to everyone.
Acne is a condition that involves the hair follicles and the sebaceous glands producing sebum, which is an oil that is produced to keep your skin soft, smooth, and waterproof. This oil combines with the dead skin cells and can block the pores combined with dirt and bacteria, causing the sebum to be blocked and then the pores to swell and create a pimple. Just as acne is a problem for teens, adult acne is also a problem for men and women, especially during times of hormonal imbalance, like pregnancy or perimenopause.
What Can I Do About My Acne?
Now that you know what causes your acne, what can you do about it? Of course, try to control your consumption of sweets, fatty foods and stress. However, sometimes acne can be controlled simply by using an over-the-counter skin care acne product. Many people dealing with acne have not been helped by these and seek a professional or a dermatologist to help end their acne suffering. Some people suffering from acne that has not been successfully treated, may seek out acne treatments that are stronger than the average over-the-counter products. There are many different types of acne treatments available which contain a variety of harmful ingredients. It is important to understand what they are and how they can affect your skin.
Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments are: Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Benzoyl Peroxide is a mild antiseptic that has been used to treat acne for years. While it can help treat your acne, it can also be very hard on your skin, drying it out and making it particularly sensitive to the sun. Salicylic Acid can also be irritating and drying to the skin. Use it only on actual areas of skin that are broken out, not all over the skin.
Topical or oral antibiotics used to treat acne can provide some relief. It is very important to remain under a doctor’s care when using antibiotics, especially oral antibiotics. The body can build a resistance to antibiotics if they are overused. Staying under a doctor’s care can help prevent this overuse.
By using harsh chemicals to control your acne, you are damaging your skin and causing other side effects using prescription drugs. There are safe, organic products you can use instead.
I personally use and recommend Shaklee’s Gentle Action Cleansing Bar, Purifying Cleansing Gel, Hydrating Cleansing Lotion and Acne Clarifying Complex.
Check out Living With Dreaded Acne – Part 2 for info on these products, and check out these Shaklee products on my website:bevbrown.myshaklee.com