The Facts About Acne
If you think acne affects only teenagers, then think
again. It commonly strikes adults on a daily basis. It can be
overwhelming to start noticing breakouts of pimples, blackheads, or
zits all over your face and you might not know what to do first.
Before you do anything else, visit or call your local,
trusted pharmacist. Licensed pharmacists are always knowledgeable
about skin products and will know which products will bring acne
relief and which ones wonít. Most pharmacists are very willing to
help. If you donít already know one, try your local WalMart.
While you are at WalMart, check out some of the
available natural remedies and products they have displayed near the
pharmacy. Many natural products claim to completely cure your acne.
Any good drugstore will also have displays of various supplements
claiming to help with acne relief.
Educate yourself on the different causes of acne and
you may discover what is causing your own skin to break out. Acne
research is lengthy and still ongoing so experts are not absolutely
certain about the precise causes of acne. There are a few possible
causes, however, that everyone seems to be in agreement on.
Some medications, such as steroids, barbiturates, and
anti-seizure drugs, are thought to contribute to skin disorders. Donít
stop taking your prescribed medications, though, before first checking
with your physician to see if they could be causing your acne.
Increasing evidence suggests that stress may
contribute to acne and other skin problems. If you are stressed, try
developing an exercise program and following it regularly. Exercise is
a proven stress-buster.
Chocolate has not yet been proven to cause acne. Many
people insist that eating chocolate will make you break out in pimples
but no amount of research has ever proven this theory to be true.
Since acne is triggered by plugged or blocked pores,
we can safely assume that make-up and other cosmetic products
containing oil will contribute to acne. Even ďsafeĒ products
(those that are hypoallergenic and oil-free) may contribute to
blackheads or zits because they cover up the skin. Any cosmetic
product applied to the skin has the potential to clog the pores and
interfere with acne treatment.
Frequently Scrubbing your Face
Acne-prone skin should always be kept clean, but only
mild products should be used
to wash it gently. Many people are under the
impression that they should scrub their skin using harsh soaps when
they have acne but this only aggravates and worsens the condition.
High humidity and other unnatural environmental
conditions (i.e. smog, fog) can promote acne as well as other
disorders. If skin is exposed to humid conditions for a prolonged
period of time, swelling occurs (which blocks the pores, thereby
contributing to acne).
Many people notice that certain foods they eat cause
their acne to flare up. Your dietary habits can certainly contribute
to breakouts and you should note the products causing the most
problems so that you can avoid them in the future.
Common food culprits thought to worsen acne include
fats and dairy products. Diets rich in zinc should be beneficial if
you have acne. Taking zinc supplements is one alternative you might
consider for the relief or treatment of acne.