Debunking Acne Myths

Posted under General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Monday 28 December 2009

Acne Caused By FoodWith so many searching for acne tips, it’s not surprising that there are many myths about what causes acne and how to get rid of acne. These myths lead many to stray away from what could actually help their acne, causing them to experience more breakouts, slower healing time and even discomfort.

Myth #1: Acne is Caused by One’s Diet

Many believe that acne can be caused or aggravated by what one eats. This is do to the fact that most non-Westernized societies do not experience acne in the same way Westernized societies do, leading people to wonder if the difference in diet is to blame. While there is no conclusive evidence to support this theory, there have been studies showing that high-glycemic foods (white bread, sweets, soda, etc.) could be linked to acne. Although these links could prove to be false, it is always better to limit the intake of high-glycemic foods, and instead opt for a more well-balanced diet.

Myth #2: Acne is Caused by Poor Hygiene

It is true that keeping your face properly cleansed can help clear up acne; however, the acne is not caused by poor hygiene. Acne begins below the skin’s surface without any help from dirt or grime. Cleansing the complexion with an acne treatment product can help unblock plugged pores, allowing the trapped sebum to escape and the pimple to heal. For a complete explanation of how acne forms, please see our Causes and Treatments for Acne page.

Myth #3: Acne is Caused by Stress

While acne is not directly caused by stress, stress may have an effect on hormones which, in turn, can aggravate acne breakouts. Luckily, an acne treatment product can overcome a bout of stress and its hormonal effects any day of the week.

Myth #4: Acne is Caused by Sex

Folks from older generations enjoy telling youngsters that acne breakouts are caused by sex or masturbation. This acne myth is one of the oldest, dating back to the 17th century. While acne is definitely not caused by sex, both acne and the desire for sex are increased by androgens. Therefore, when one’s body is producing higher levels of androgen, a person may experience both a higher sex drive and more severe breakouts.

Myth #5: Acne May be Cleared with Sun Exposure

Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays causes a reddening of the skin, which can help acne breakouts blend into the complexion. Additionally, sunlight may be able to help your current acne breakouts heal faster; however, subsequent breakouts will probably be worse. Although acne cannot safely be treated with sunlight, it can be treated with violet light using specially designed light therapy acne treatment devices.

Proper Pimple Popping Procedures

Posted under Acne Causes,Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Tuesday 22 December 2009

We’ve all been told time and again that the most important acne tip to remember is to let your pimples heal on their own. Sometimes, though, a pimple appears that simply begs to be popped. When a pimple has a full, white head and is all the way at the surface of the skin, it can be safe and even beneficial to drain the pus to relieve some of the redness and inflammation.

When popping a pimple, it is essential that you practice proper pimple-popping technique. Poor technique can lead to exacerbated inflammation and redness, longer healing time, infection and scarring, which could require professional acne scar treatments.

1) Begin by washing your hands and face. It’s a great idea to pop a pimple after a shower, as the warm water opens the pores and helps the skin to become supple.
2) Clean a sewing needle with rubbing alcohol, and gently prick the pimple’s surface. When pricking the pimple, take your time and be precise. Submerging the needle too far into the pimple will cause discomfort.
3) Wrap your index fingers with tissues or cotton balls and gently apply pressure with a down-and-in motion. If the pimple does not pop immediately, leave the bathroom! A pimple will pop when its ready, and forcing its early drainage can cause scarring.

If your pimple begins draining clear fluid or blood, be sure to cease your pimple popping foray. Your only goal should be to release the build-up of pus, which should be simple if the pimple is ready to pop. After the pus is drained, wash your face and hands a second time and let the pimple rest before applying any treatment products or makeup.

Important note: do not attempt to pop a cyst or nodule. It can result in infection and scarring! If you are experiencing cystic acne, consult your dermatologist for a professional acne treatment.

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Acne Scar Treatments

Posted under Acne Treatments,General Information on Adult Acne by swright on Tuesday 8 December 2009

Source: flickr.com user Calliope1
Source: flickr.com user Calliope1

Acne is something that almost everyone has had to deal with at some point in their lives. No matter how many acne tips one receives, it’s often impossible to escape those angry red breakouts.

Sadly, even after the acne is under control, many are left with acne scars that leave them feeling less confident about their appearance. Although these scars are not the bright attention-grabbers that exist during an acne breakout, they are definitely

able to make a statement all their own. Thankfully, there are many effective acne scar treatments available for recreating a healthy, smooth completion.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great treatment for minor acne scarring. They also make a great acne treatment for active acne. Chemical peels use a blend of phenol, trichloroacetic acid and alphahydroxy acids to resurface the skin, leading to a smoother and more even complexion. These ingredients also provide anti-aging benefits by reducing the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, making chemical peels the perfect all-in-one treatment.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion or dermaplaning is a rather invasive procedure, however it yields fantastic results. Ideal for use on shallow imperfections, dermabrasion is a surgical scraping of the skin. True, this procedure sounds a bit scary, but it is safe, common and truly effective. It may be used in conjunction with other acne scar treatments, including chemical peels, for faster or more profound results.

Microdermabrasion

As the name suggests, microdermabrasion is a lesser form of dermabrasion. It works in a similar manner, the main difference being that it removes a finer layer of skin cells. This results in less dramatic results. However, microdermabrasion is a fantastic choice if your acne scarring is minor, or if your budget is tighter. Microdermabrasion also offers anti-aging and rejuvenative benefits.

Punch Techniques

Punch techniques are used on deep acne scars, also known as “ice pick” or “boxcar” scars. Your doctor will remove the scarred tissue and repair the complexion with sutures or, in more severe cases, replacement of the tissue. While punch techniques are more invasive than other acne scar treatments, they are one of the best ways to improve the appearance of excessive or deep acne scars.

In addition to these in-office procedures, there are many acne scar treatments available for use at home. These include cleansers, lotions and treatment products created with alpha or beta hydroxy acids, topical formulas created with vitamin A, botanically-based products, and even at-home microdermabrasion products. Speak with your dermatologist to find the best acne scar treatment for you.

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