Acne - Your Equal Opportunity Disease

By: Richardhealom
INTRODUCTION: Acne is the name for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and also deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that happen on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms.

It is a skin condition that happens due to the over manufactoring of oil by the oil glands of the skin and is commonly found in teenagers, but it can happen at any age, even as a baby. It is a complex problem, but we are learning more about it every passing day.

TREATMENTS: Treating the problem includes medicines and creams. Americans spend well over a $100,000,000 a year for non-prescription acne remedies, not even taking into consideration special soaps and cleansers. For that reason, you should use proper treatments for acne.

Also, many treatments magnifies the skin's sensitivity to ultraviolet light, making the risk of ultraviolet light exposure even worse. Your dermatologist will decide which treatments are best for your problem.

For more information about the kinds of treatments that are available, and for basic acne treatment guidelines, please visit your doctor or dermatologist.

Most mild conditions can be treated effectively at home, with good daily skin care and OTC (0ver-the-counter) medicines, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

If you are suffering from moderate to a severe form or home remedies are not working for you, contact your physician. There are many treatment remedies which range from covering up your symptoms using creams to attacking the basis for your pimples.

BACTERIA: Tissue harmed by squeezing or picking can become infected by staphylococci, streptococci and other skin bacteria. In the process, they produce irritating substances that can cause an inflammatory condition. Now the oil and bacteria that should be rising to the surface of the skin is stuck.

These bacteria and oils that are causing you to break out are also on your hands. Squeezing your pimples does nothing more than deposit and push more of this material into your skin.

CONCLUSION: Acne is an equal opportunity destroyer, with no regard to race, culture, gender or even age. While some people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain foods, particularly chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or influences it.

Stay clear of any foods which seem to worsen your situation and for your overall health, eat a balanced diet--however diet shouldn't really matter if the acne is being appropriately treated. The best means for prevention of the disease is to maintain a proper skin care plan that includes regular use of masks and exfoliants.
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