Health Articles - You Can Effectively Treat Acne

by RAY GREEN - Date: 2010-07-14 - Word Count: 468 Share This!

Acne (Acne Vulgaris), as I'm sure you know, is a skin condition that causes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads that almost everyone experiences at one time or another in their lifetime.

These blemishes are the result of blocked follicles, which in turn are the result of the overproduction of an oily substance called Sebum. When the Sebaceous glands in our skin become enlarged they produce an abundance of Sebum. The oily goo mixes with dead skin cells and clogs the pore. Bacteria develops and voila!, a pimple is formed.

Unfortunately, it appears that genetics play a huge role in acne. Many of those with severe acne have it in their genes. But there are other factors as well. Hormones, diet and even high stress can aggravate of acne. The great hormonal shifts that occur during the teen years is a major factor in teenage acne.

The widespread notion that oily or greasy foods cause, and even salt causes is actually not true. In fact it has been shown that a high glycemic diet can increase the incidence of acne, so go ahead and have those fries, but skip the pizza. Many people associate the consumption of chocolate with breakouts, but that is not true either.

So how can we deal with it? First of all, it is important to keep your skin clean, hydrated and exfoliated. Wash daily with an acne cleanser to keep your pores clear of dirt and control the oily Sebum. There are many terrific products on the market these days.

There are many topical treatments for when acne rears its ugly head. An ointment with benzoyl peroxide is very and can cure the pimple in a few days. Treating the pimple with tea tree oil is also very effective.

There are a lot of excellent home remedies to cure pimples. Aspirin, crushed and mixed with water to form a paste, makes an excellent topical treatment for breakouts. Natural remedies include a paste of cinnamon and honey, and a paste consisting of fenugreek and water.

It is very important that you treat your pimples with care to reduce the chance of scarring. Bad acne scars can stay with you the rest of your life. Less serious acne scars can be dealt with by various means, including dermabrasion, and chemical peeling, or with some home remedies like aloe vera lotion, olive oil, or a natural face mask.

Very severe pimples should be treated by a dermatologist. Antibiotics can be prescribed, and some topical treatments are prescription only. A Dermatologist will also have special equipment to help treat your pimples effectively.

We are a long way from finding a way to cure pimples, but there are many things you can do to prevent the occurrence of acne, and to treat pimples when it rears its ugly head.

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