Acne Is NOT Just a Women's Nightmare   



Acne Is NOT Just a Women's Nightmare

 
Although more women suffer from this condition, men too are just as susceptible.
Acne is a skin problem that usually happens in your teens. Your skin gets greasy, its pores get blocked and you get blackheads, pimples or cysts. Acne can sometimes occur in infants, but it is usually only mild. Most often than not, women and men suffer great distress over their acne associated problems.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

Overnight breakouts of acne can be caused by stress, psychological changes, diet and hectic daily routines. An unplanned breakout can be caused by any factor – even gender, age and hereditary factors.
It is probably because of this that brides-to-be are advised to relax and get plenty of rest so as to avoid a sudden acne breakout on the eve of their wedding!

A consultant dermatologist says that, in their teens, both young men and young women have more male hormones (testosterone) in their blood. This hormone makes the sebaceous glands at the bottom of the hairs on your face, back or neck churn out too much oil, which then gets clogged in the pores. Bacteria grow in the trapped oil and make a fatty substance that irritates your skin. This gives you whiteheads, blackheads, red bumps, yellow pus-filled spots or deep cysts.

There are however, some factors such as these, which could make your acne breakout worse:
• Having your period.
• Stress.
• Contraceptive pills that contain male hormones.
• Some drugs, such as steroids and anti-epilepsy pills.
• Working in hot, humid places or with oil and grease.
• Oily cosmetics.

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE MY ACNE CONTROLLABLE?
Firstly, leave your acne alone! "Taking out blackheads is not recommended, and try not to pick or squeeze pimples: it can make the infection worse and cause scars," he advises. You can do your part by gentle regular cleaning but remember to avoid excessive scrubbing.

WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DOCTOR?
Another dermatologist advises that your doctor can help you choose which treatment is best for you. If our acne is bad and not getting better, he or she may give you antibiotic tablets for 6 months or more.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT ISN'T TREATED?
Acne usually gets better over time, although some people can still have problems into their 30s and 40s. Unfortunately, those with severe acne may be left with scars.
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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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