Acne is a grave concern among women, both teenagers and adults. It can wreck havoc not only on the skin but also psychologically that cause people to suffer from stress and low self-esteem.
Acne is caused when the body produces excessive oil, called sebum that clogs the skin pores and prevents them from breathing. Other factors that promote and aggravate acne are accumulation of impurities, environmental stressors, excessive and prolonged use of cosmetics, hormonal alterations and so on. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the skin and lead to other complicated situations.
Appearance of Acne
Generally, acne appears on the face but it can also occur on other areas of the body like neck, chest, shoulders and back. Basically acne occurs on those areas of the body that contain oil glands.
Forms of Acne
Acne can appear in a variety of forms and to treat it effectively, it is important to know what form it is. Here are some common forms of acne.
Comedones – This is perhaps the most common form of acne. Comedons are the small whiteheads and blackheads that erupt on the skin surface. Open comedones are blackheads while closed comedones are whiteheads. They are produced at the openings of hair follicles that become blocked as a result of excessive oil secretion. Comedons prevent dead skin cells from shedding off and further increase the risk of bacterial infestation
Comedons can be treated with a regular anti-acne skin care regimen. Make sure you cleanse, tone and exfoliate your skin regularly with quality acne skin care products. Avoid picking at your acne as you can end up damaging the surrounding skin and cause an infection and further aggravate the results.
Some Product Suggestions:
iS Clinical Cleansing Complex – It is a great anti-acne cleansing complex by Innovative Skincare. It is great for resurfacing and deep cleaning the skin and thus keeping acne at bay. It is powerful, yet can safely be used on sensitive and acne prone skin. It contains potent antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and cleans the skin without leaving it dry.
iS Clinical Active Serum – This is a highly concentrated serum that improves the skin texture and pigmentation. It is a superb acne care formulation that works exceptionally well on oily and acne prone skin.
Papules – These are small raised bumps that appear on the skin surface as a result of inflamed hair follicles. They are red in color and soft and tender to touch.
Putsules – They are very similar to Papules but have a white tip with a ring of redness around it and contain pus. The pus contains bacteria that if comes in contact with other skin areas can lead to further acne eruptions and inflammations.
Nodules – They are fairly large and ugly bumps that appear on the skin surface. They are caused by an accumulation of secretions of oil and dead skin cells that happen within the hair follicles. Nodules can be extremely painful at times.
Because nodules are severe cases of acne, you will have to take oral antibiotics to destroy the bacteria that cause infections that form pimples. Apart from that, it is important to use acne skin care products that help treat the visible signs of acne on the skin surface.
Some Product Suggestions:
iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum – It is a breakthrough formula containing 15% Vitamin C, Vitamin E and vitamin A in combination with powerful antioxidants and olive leaf extracts. It heals acneic skin, improves skin integrity and enhances the skin texture. It also prevents damage by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight. It has 0.5% kojic acid that evens skin pigmentation and prevents the occurrence of acne. The zinc sulfate helps reduce acne inflammation.
Cysts – They resemble Nodules very closely and are more painful than them. Cysts are filled with pus (bacterial accumulation). They are the most dangerous form of acne because it can lead to permanent scarring of the skin. This is because cysts are deeply embedded into the skin and any squeezing can cause the pus to scatter deep in the various layers of the skin. As a result, it can cause the immune system to release white blood cells to fight the bacterial infestation which would further cause rooted inflammations.
By Marilynn Syrett physician
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