Caring for Your Acne

Most everyone develops acne at some point and caring for acne is important in order to minimize the appearance of acne and to help clear it up. Acne comes in several forms including pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts.

Severe acne can leave both physical scars and emotional scars. The symptoms of acne are a pus-filled lesion on the skin. The usual sites of acne are the face, chest or back.

Acne is curable and there are home treatments and professional treatments so you do have a choice in acne care.

Caring for acne requires taking care of the causes of acne.

Clogged pores cause acne, excessive oil on the skin and skin irritations.

Caring for your acne is as simple as caring for the causes of acne.

Clogged pores are one cause of acne and you have several choices for caring for your pores. Using strips can unclog pores. Strips come in different shapes and sizes and are designed for your nose, forehead and chin. They are applied to the skin and removed after a specified time period. When the strip is removed, the pores under the strip are unclogged. Facial masks also unclog pores. You can make a visit with a skin professional to have your pores unclogged for a price.

Cleansing the face is the most important part of caring for your acne. Cleaning the skin removes both oil and bacteria.

It is important not to pick at acne because it will further inflame the acne.

There are many commercial preparations used to treat acne.

Staying away from irritants in the air and in the workplace can also help to reduce the occurrence of acne.

Pollution and dirt can clog the pores on your skin. Hormonal changes can also aggravate your skin. Oily hair can also increase the oil that ends up on your skin. Products that you use on your skin or in your hair can irritate your skin and cause acne.

Washes and creams used for acne are more effective when they contain benzoyl peroxide because it fights bacteria that cause acne.

Care for the skin on your back by washing with soap and using a rough cloth or loofah on your back everyday.

Some birth control pills have actually been found to clear up acne because the pills help to stabilize hormones and uncontrolled hormones can lead to acne.

Irritations such as scrubbing your skin too hard, things like cloth that rubs against your skin, harsh clothing and even your hair can irritate skin.

Laser treatments can also be effective against acne. The downside is that laser treatments are expensive and usually not covered by insurance because they are deemed to be for cosmetic reasons.