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How to Win Your War with Acne

Aug 17, 2007
Acne affects a surprisingly large proportion of the population, but that's not much comfort -- is it ? Misery loves company, but I'm not sure that statement refers to the misery caused by acne. But cheer up, because help is on the horizon!

If you too suffer from acne, you need help and you need it now! That's because although acne isn't a serious disease, it can sure cause you a lot of trouble! It's miserable having your face covered with pimples and lasting scars can remain that may be disfiguring.

To begin with, you should know what causes acne before you can effectively fight it. It's a skin disease that involves the pores of the skin becoming blocked up with oil from the sebaceous glands. The oil is supposed to go through the tiny pores on your skin and be eliminated, but when dead skin cells get all tangled up with the excess oil, your pores will get plugged up. That's when a bacterial infection can grow. The bacteria release chemicals that call out to your body's white blood cells to come and attack them. Now there's a war right on your face, back, chest or neck. The whole mess ends up in the eruption of unwelcome pimples.

Understanding this inflammation process will help you to see there are certain things you can do to avoid getting pimples. For example, be sure to avoid putting greasy products on your face or other affected areas that will add to the plugged-up condition of your skin pores.

Acne is no respecter of persons. People of all races and ages can be afflicted by it. However, there is a genetic factor and some people are more susceptible to suffering from acne due to hereditary issues.

Hormones usually bring on acne during puberty, but becoming an adult does not necessarily make you immune to developing pimples.

There are a number of products on the market that can help you with acne, but one size doesn't fit all. A product that may work very well for one person may not work at all for you. You may need to experiment with a number of different medications to find the right one.

Different acne products do different things. For example, some acne products specialize in unplugging the pores of your skin. Other products dry up your complexion -- which may help you to experience clearer skin. Some products offer a number of different ways to help you fight acne. Be sure to stick with a product long enough to see if it's actually helping you. However, move on to another product if after several weeks of consistently using a product -- it isn't clearing up your skin.

Don't get discouraged while you're searching for just the right acne product. Remember that there are products out there that can help you to get rid of acne, but you'll need to be patient and persevere until you find just the right one.

If you have scarring from acne, there are procedures that can help the scars to be less noticeable or even to go away. One of the most effective and newest options is acne laser treatment. It can help replace scarred skin with new healthy skin that is underneath it.

It's essential that you help yourself to clearer skin by keeping your face scrupulously clean and that you eat wholesome foods and avoid greasy junk foods -- if you want to win your war with acne. Also be sure to get enough exercise and adequate sleep. Living a healthy lifestyle will eventually show up on your skin!

Winning your own personal war with acne will not be an easy and quick fix. But clear skin is a prize that is worth the effort.
About the Author
Win your war with acne with acne treatment tips. Author Patricia Wagner writes about a variety of health and wellness issues to help you be healthier.
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