Frequently Asked Questions Pertaining To Acne & Acne Treatment

There are several questions that revolve around acne and acne treatment. The fact that many people lack in basic knowledge of the skin condition, gives rise to various problems, and other skin complications. Acne is caused due to the clogging of the hair follicles in the skin with certain impurities, oils, and dead skin cells. They can range from being touch sensitive to being painless, some may even be filled with pus.

Acne can be of many types depending upon the symptoms showcased by them. They are usually treatable with the use of over the counter medications, topical therapy, and so on. No matter what type of acne you suffer from the problem causes discomfort, and also reduce self image, and confidence. Treatment of these skin conditions come with knowledge, here are a few frequently asked questions pertaining to acne and the treatment of acne.

Could My Makeup Cause Acne?

There is no doubt that oily substances have the ability to encourage the development of pimples on the facial skin. If the factor behind the occurrence comes from a component of a cosmetic or makeup, it can be detrimental to the complexion of the affected person.

Tip: Try choosing water based cosmetics and makeup products to avoid this possibility.

Is a Stressful Job a Factor in Acne?

It is a common belief that avoiding stress is can work wonders in treating several health problems, including acne. Our life comprises different levels of stress. Acne, can lead to the development of stress and depression as it affects the complexion and overall appearance of the affected person. This often results in an urge to pick at the pimples. Picking a pimple 0always produces a poor result as it aggravates the conditions, and leaves scars behind.

What is the relation between Chocolate and Acne?

Diet may not be the only main factor contributing to the occurrence of acne. However, certain Neolithic cultures that seems to produce acne-free individuals as they transit to adulthood. Exactly how much is due to genetics and how much is due to diet is conjectural. Not denying the fact that food can influence the occurrence of acne or aggravate it.

Tip: If you think that consuming a certain food is causing problems, simply avoid it.

I'm in My Late 20s...Why Do I Still Have Acne?

Certain complexion problems are unavoidable. Acne usually accompanies puberty and is virtually unavoidable. Lucky for many, acne goes away or greatly diminishes as people move towards their 20s. For a few unfortunate people, acne becomes more of a problem from the third through the fifth decades of their life. This problem seems to be more common in women and  is believed to have a relation to the hormonal factors in them.

Why Do I Still Get Blackheads Even though I Wash a Lot? Difference between Whiteheads and blackheads

The beginning of Acne is the development of a plug of hardened sebum that blocks the openings of the follicular pores on the skin of face. Further, these blocked plugs seem to darken with age, hence they are termed as blackheads.

When a layer of skin covers the follicular opening of the skin, the darkening of the sebaceous plug usually does not occur and is called a "whitehead" by some people. Once the follicle in the skin becomes clogged, it enlarges as more skin and sebum is produced behind it. Bacterial contamination of the sebaceous mixture is common due to the action of the bacteria present in the pores that normally inhabit the follicle. The wall of the follicle ruptures if it is stretched too much. This enables the sebaceous material to gain access to the deeper tissues, which further produces inflammation in the form of a pimple.

Do Birth Control Pills Cure or Cause Acne?

Depending on the kind and nature of the oral contraceptives a person consumes, certain birth control pills have been shown to be of benefit in treating the problem of acne in adult women.

What Is Deep-Cyst Acne?

Cystic acne is common kind of acne. This kind of acne is one of the most severe forms of acne. Cystic acne usually results in permanent scarring of the skin. This condition is quite rare in adults. Most patients suffering with cystic acne require the implementation of aggressive medical therapy to prevent blemishes from affecting their skin.

What Other Kinds of Acne Are There?

There are quite a few kinds of acne. Some of which are mentioned below,

  • Typical teenage acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is characterized by three types of lesions it brings about:
    • The comedo or blackhead;
    • The inflammatory papule;
    • The pustule or pimple.
  • Acne rosacea is a condition that can affect adults as well. It produces no comedones.
  • Drug induced-acne can be difficult to distinguish from other sorts of acne except for the fact that it was not present prior to taking the drug.
  • Machinists exposed to insoluble cutting oils can develop comedones at the sites of exposure. Inflammatory lesions may be less prominent.
  • Acne can also be a part of certain hormonal problems caused by the overproduction of androgens.

Could My Acne Be Related to Anemia?

The relevance of a relationship between anemia and acne has not been proved so far.

Will I Be Stuck With Acne Forever?

No, acne usually fades off with time, and necessary treatment.  The problem of acne tends to resolve in most individuals with age. It is very important to rule out other causes for androgen excess, when acne recurs during adulthood. This group of conditions requires a series of blood tests for accurate diagnosis.

What is the Best Way to Treat Acne?

There are many ways to treat acne.

A number of over-the -counter medications available in the market can be quite effective in treating the problem of mild acne.

Some of the treatments include products like benzoyl peroxide gels and creams and salicylic acid compresses. These products can be availed at quite inexpensive rates from most pharmacies. There is a huge array of acne treatments available only by prescription. These medications usually include

  • Topical and oral antibiotics
  • Topical and oral retinoids
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Steroid receptor-blocking agents.

What's the Best Way to Prevent Acne?

There is no specific best way to prevent acne other than avoiding comedogenic cosmetics (which include the use of hair products), avoiding the use of drugs that exacerbate acne. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle, with a well-rounded diet, exercise, and plenty of sleep can help keep such problems at bay.

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