In this article, I will share with you, based on my personal experience the deadliest mistakes that most people make when they get acne. Avoid doing anything that is listed in the list below and you will be sure that you are not causing your acne condition to worsen. If you follow all the information below in your daily life, it would not be long till the day your face is acne free.
Not knowing what works on acne. When you don’t know what really works on acne, you are never going to get rid of acne. You should really learn some basic information on acne before you do anything to your face and skin.
Not taking care of your hygiene. Cleanliness is a major factor that cause acne. Why? Because the dirt and dust on your face might clog your pores. Bear in mind that for acne to develop, it would require a clogged pore.
Using antibiotics and pills to treat acne. Personally, I think it is a waste of money to use antibiotics and pills to treat your acne condition because those pills carry with them some really serious side effects. They are expensive too. I would really prefer following a natural treatment program for acne. Although taking antibiotics and pills do not cause your acne to worsen, I still list it here because they are expensive and cause some side effects on your body.
Eating unhealthy foods. Many people may say to you, foods do not have a thing to do with acne so eat whatever you like. This is so wrong. You are risking your health and causing your acne to worsen if you eat unhealthily. Avoid oily foods and foods that contain a high amount of food additives.
Washing your face 1583 times a day. I know you have heard somewhere from someone that if you have acne, you should wash your face a thousand times. That is bad advice. Do not wash your face more than 3 times a day and use only the cleansers that suit your skin type.
Getting stressed up because you have acne. Never ever feel frustrated just because you have acne. It does not really stay on your face forever. Stress might even cause your acne to worsen. My advice? Relax, first of all, and learn the info to find out what really is good for your acne condition.
Millions of people suffer from facial acne in the world. Facial acne might not be considered a major problem initially but with time, it can really degenerate into a serious problem which has the potential to affect one’s life like fearing other people’s opinion on oneself, losing self-confidence and facial acne might also prevent people from having contact with others. If you have acne on your face, you might try to avoid meeting other people as far as possible because it can be embarrassing for you. Having a mild acne will not affect you too much but if it propagates and really becomes a major problem, it’s time to find a solution because there are several of them. Like many teenagers, I’ve suffered from severe facial acne in the past years and I’ve tried different ways to cure my acne. One of them was using acne cream, acne gel and cleansing lotion but unfortunately my skin was allergic to these products and I stopped using them.Eventually, I decided to try a natural acne cure method which involves boiling green tea leaves with water and taking the hot tea from it. Then I just put it in a small recipient and let it cool down a bit. Afterwards, I use a small clean towel, wet it in the warm tea and gently tap it on my face mostly where the acne is. Then I repeat again and again for about 10-15 minutes. The purpose of the green tea method is to actually dry the acne naturally and green tea has one of these benefits. When the acne dries, it will go off in the long run little by little. I followed this technique everyday for about 3-4 weeks and with time, I’ve seen my acne starting to disappear. You need to keep at it and don’t get discouraged because you won’t see instant results. If you can do it longer, the better. What I can tell you is that I’ve seen just the positive out of using green tea.While treating my facial acne with green tea leaves, I also did the following for a healthier lifestyle which can just help in curing your acne. Here are 9 tips:(1) I drank lots of water everyday because water removes toxins and impurities out of your body which can be responsible for the swelling of acne.(2) I avoid oily and fatty foods which can cause your acne to degenerate.(3) I get adequate sunlight because when your skin is exposed to natural sunlight, the healing rays of natural sunlight will dry your acne up.(4) I have a proper diet which includes lots of fruits and vegetables for a healthy and glowing skin.(5) I exercise regularly like jogging and do simple exercises.(6) Whenever I have the opportunity, I go to a beach resort and swim in the sea. Salty water and being exposed to the sun at the same time will just do good to your acne problems but don’t overexpose yourself though.(7) I get adequate sleep because lack of sleep can contribute to acne and make you more prone to pimples and zits.(8) I avoid scratching my acne because there will be times when your face might be itchy mostly when the acne is healing up. Also, rubbing your face and the acne is risky because your hands might have dirt which can worsen your acne. Even if there is no dirt, scratching will negatively affect the healing. By doing all this, all your earlier efforts in healing your acne will be in vain. When your face is itchy, this is a sign that your acne is being cured and by resisting the envy to scratch it will cure your acne faster.(9) I avoid excessive stress because stress is thought to be one of the biggest contributors to the formation of acne. To understand how stress plays a major part in acne development, picture this. Your body reacts to stress by releasing hormones from your adrenal glands. One of these hormones is testosterone and the latter stimulates your pore to produce more oil. To resume, basically stress helps in the formation of acne because it increases your skin oil production and as a result, this makes your pimples pop out. I still remember how I was stressed during an exam in my tertiary education and after the exam was over, my face was a bit oily :-).Having severe facial acne can be a frustrating and difficult life experience but if you really want to get rid of it, you need to take action, keep at it and don’t lose hope. The longer you wait, the more time it will take you to cure your acne. The above methods have worked for me and there is no reason why they shouldn’t work for you if you follow it to the letter. Note that these methods don’t only work for facial acne but acne on your body in general. This article is focused on facial acne because that’s usually where most people have acne. Good luck in your acne healing process.
Acne sufferers face more than one concern. There is of course the constant nuisance of the acne itself. There is also the anxiety caused by the acne scars and lesions which will render the skin an aesthetic disaster. The reason for this is that most people believe that acne is a temporary situation whereas you are stuck with acne scars for the rest of your life.Undoubtedly there are numerous acne scar treatments in the market today which work quite well. But the downside is there are some types of acne whose scars cannot be eliminated because they run too deep. Therefore you must ensure that no scars form in the first place because you wouldn’t want to take on the emotional and financial burden of dealing with permanent scars.What we will be discussing here are the many forms of acne scars which exist, the ways to treat them and last but not least, how to prevent them by tackling the internal causes of the condition.
Types of Acne Scars, their causes and their diagnosisStudies show that severe acne which develops in the deeper layers of the dermis, causing nodules and cysts to form, is what mostly causes acne scars. There are other causes also like infection, cystic acne which works its way deep into the dermis and an overgrowth of skin tissues. Squeezing or popping acne can also cause scars.It has been seen that, no matter what type of acne they have contracted, some people are more prone to get scarred than others. And occasions arise where the body itself makes a mess of its wound healing process: whether in the process of formation of new capillaries or by improper collagen deposit or in its response to the swelling or anabolic and catabolic phases; errors in any of these healing equations could lead to scarring.Whatever may be the causes, to avert the possibility of permanent scarring, start treating your acne scars as soon as you can.Acne scars can be of two varieties: those which come about because of skin tissue loss and those which form because of an increase in skin tissue formation.Formation of scars because of skin tissue increaseThe acne scars which form because of increased skin tissue are usually Keloids scars. Keloids scars, which tend to strike people with dark complexions, emerge when excessive collagen is produced by cells during the healing process. These scars tend to be irregularly shaped and firm and are usually smooth.Acne scars which emerge due to skin tissue loss:Acne spots: a discoloration of the skin to brown or red characterizes these acne scars. Acne spots usually fade away with time or with the help of topical scar treatments. Similarly, post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, which often follows acne breakouts, fades away naturally, but to quicken the process you should try MSM.Ice-pick lesions: the name says it all. Such acne scars resemble ice on which repeated cuts have been made with an ice pick. They usually appear on the cheeks. The scars can be either deep or superficial and are more difficult to get rid of than discoloration scars.Depressed fibrotic scarring: deep nodules leave behind this type of acne scars. They are white and rigid and are characterized by sharp margins and steep sides.Atrophic scar macules: Acne scars of this type are small and white and are generally soft and distensible.Boxcar scars, characterized by vertical edges and round indentations and rolling acne scars which are the result of the surface of the skin getting stuck to the subcutaneous layer are other types of acne scars.Acne Scars and their treatmentsMostly, acne scars fade away slowly, as do Post inflammatory pigmentations but there are some which resist removal. The only way to smoothen them away is through topical treatment or surgical cosmetic intervention.Each acne scar needs to be tackled in its special way. There are also scars which require to be treated through a combination of several eradication methods. Very many treatments exist for getting rid of scars and these include: pulsed laser technology, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, punch techniques, collagen injections and creams.Collagen injection is a method whereby collagen or fat is injected under the skin. This method is mostly suitable for soft scars, whether they are deep or shallow. However, it has to be kept in mind that this is a short term solution and these injections have to be administered every 6 months. Moreover, collagen injections produce some unpleasant side effects and allergic reactions may also develop.Microdermabrasion is a scar treatment in which tiny particles are passed through a vacuum tool. The intention is to scrape the external top layer of the skin. The method stimulates and enhances the growth of new cells but is only effective in cases of mild scarring.Laser resurfacing is a method by which the skin layer is flattened and resurfaced with the help of laser. This is done so that scars become more even with the surface of the skin and are therefore less noticeable. It has been found that newly formed acne scars respond better to laser treatment than do the old ones. However, this process can cause disagreeable side effects such as infection and an unusual reddening of the skin. At times, it can even aggravate the scars.Punch grafting is a technique which involves the slicing of the acne scar right down to the layer of fat and then stitching it up by using a small skin graft.Different types of scars have to be treated differently. Let us tell you about the recommended treatments in respect of the various types of acne scars. Alpha lipoic acid acne cream and MSM are excellent for use on post hyper pigmentation marks. Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion are the recommended treatments for ice pick scars. However, these scars do not respond positively to Collagen injections which should only be used on flat or thin scars. The Keloids acne scars can be smoothened with steroid injections, crytotherapy, silicone gel dressing and with pulsed laser treatment combined with carbon dioxide laser vaporization (where there is not too much thickness or too much redness on the keloid scars).Acne Scar preventionIn the final analysis of course, the cheapest and best way of getting out of the nuisance factor of dealing with acne scars is to rid yourself of the acne condition. And the only sure and permanent way of curing your acne is by putting in place methods which would redress the internal cause of your acne. Conventional medications, topical or over the counter acne treatments or steroids really don’t help.When you are able to correct the deep rooted internal factors that really are the cause of your acne formation, you will automatically be free of any acne scarring and also free of the never ending expenses that you incur in taking treatment for its removal.You must understand that although acne develops on the surface of the skin, as do the scars that appear as a result of the acne, acne is not a skin problem. It forms because of flaws in your internal balance deep inside. Acne and consequently acne scarring are both caused by problems which are wholly internal.You yourself can do away with the acne scars and do this even before they form by going to the root of the problem deep inside you. This way you will stop the very process of acne formation and be able to live your life free of acne and consequently, of acne scars as well. It will give an impetus to your existence as you will not be burdened by the emotional load of having to carry disfiguring scars on your face.