Teenage is that time of our life when we are most concerned about our appearance to the point of being vain and narcissistic. Ironically, acne hits most people during that crucial period more than any other part of their life. Teens, who spend hours primping in front of the mirror and spend an obscene amount of money in grooming themselves, have to contend with acne. Acne is not the social life-destroyer that it once was, owing to developments in the medical field that can reduce its effects to a great degree.
There are simple steps that can help you control acne and prevent its occurrence.
Keep your hands away from your face
This sounds simple to the extent of being absurd, but the truth is, we spend a lot of our time touching our face to relieve itching, wiping our lips, rubbing our forehead at times of stress and many other random gestures. Sweat, grime and oil from the environment are transferred to our face through our very own hands. There are plenty of bacteria and viruses everywhere that are easily transmitted via physical contact from our hands to our face. It is vital therefore to keep our hands clean at all times and in minimum contact with our face.
Wash your face twice a day
Your skin is exposed to sweat, grime, pollution and bacteria. Washing your face with a mild cleanser should be an essential part of your skincare regime. Use a soft washcloth and warm water. Avoid scrubbing too hard as that may lead to further breakouts. Be gentle and pat your skin dry.
Stock up on Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid
Cleansers and lotions containing Benzoyl Peroxide have shown great results for people with acne problems. Benzoyl peroxide kills the P. acnes bacteria that trigger this condition. Patience is the key here as you need to wait for at least 3 weeks to see positive results. Salicylic acid does not kill bacteria or reduce sebum production. It strips away the upper layer of your skin, removing dead skin cells and unclogging your blocked pores. One thing to keep in mind is that people with sensitive skin should avoid using Salicylic acid.
Use minimum makeup
Makeup does not cause acne, but if, you are suffering from the condition, it may aggravate it further. Check if your makeup is labelled as oil-free and non-comedogenic. Wash your makeup brushes once a week to keep it free from oil and bacteria. Never use mineral based makeup powder and always remember to remove all traces of makeup before going to bed.
Consult your dermatologist
If you find that your acne problems are recurring, it is best to seek expert advice. Tetracycline is commonly prescribed in the pill or topical form as oral antibiotics are much more effectual. Topical creams containing a small percentage of Kojic acid help reduce the hyper pigmentation post-acne as well as dark spots. If you have oily skin, it is best to use gel-based medication. Stronger oral medicine like Isotretinoin has been proven to be an effective way to cure severe acne.
Manage your stress levels
There is a direct proportionality relationship between stress and acne breakouts. When you undergo stressful times, your body increases the secretion of stress relieving hormones like Cortisol which boosts sebum levels, which in turn affects your skin. So try to keep your stress levels in check and stay cool and collected as far as possible.
Getting rid of post-acne scarring
Getting rid of acne is just half the work done. The scarring that you are left with is far more damaging than just a simple zit. Microdermabrasion is a popular method, which involves bombarding your face with particles of Aluminium Oxide, leaving your skin looking fresh and smooth. You have to undergo this treatment over a course of a few months.
With improvements in medicine, laser treatments are considered to be a great way of treating persistent acne and scarring. Laser utilizes pulsating lights that can be focused on problematic parts of the skin, producing heat under the skin's surface. The heat causes thermal damage to the sebaceous glands and reduces acne by half after just two sessions. There may be minor irritability and redness for a couple of days.
A positive social identity in your teenage years is a crucial factor and a teen’s self esteem is often intertwined with his/her personal appearance. So, it is important to treat acne at the earliest and enjoy high confidence in your teens that could mould your degree of self-esteem through adulthood.
About The Author: Mark Snachez has been writing for Dailychump.org a health magazine. Visit Dailychump.org to get tips that's really work for weight loss, nutrition, fitness, beauty, skin care and much more