Acne Is NOT Just a Women's Nightmare
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
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.
• Contraceptive pills that contain male hormones.
• Some drugs, such as steroids and anti-epilepsy
• Working in hot, humid places or with oil and
• 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
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
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.