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Acne Prevention Reduces Frequency Of Outbreaks

Jun 8, 2008
Many people are prone to acne breakouts, especially teens. For those who suffer from acne, a prevention program is the best solution. A common myth is that acne is simply a part of growing up and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. However, if people simply view the skin as the largest living organ the body has, they can then begin to recognize the importance of taking care of the skin

Before a person can embark on an acne prevention program, they have to understand how acne forms and as each person is different, the causes of their acne outbreaks will be different. Some of the causes of acne include genetics, hormones, stress, the accumulation of dead skin cells and overactive sebaceous glands. Additionally, acne prevention programs also include eliminating bacteria in the pores, avoiding skin lesions and not using anabolic steroids.

Primarily, hair follicles push hair through the skin through a kind of tunnel, lubricated by sebum from the sebaceous glands. Any of the causes of acne can block this tunnel and create a lump under the skin, which in turn, collects bacteria creating acne. Prevention includes being able to keep the pores open and kill the bacteria as it is forming, or before it has the chance to grow.

For the majority of sufferers, once a pimple or blackhead appears on the skin, it can take several days, sometimes weeks to clear it up. By following a simple, regular acne prevention routine, these outbreaks can be kept to a minimum. The most effective method is by keeping the skin clean and free of dead skin cells.

Benzoyl peroxide, a topical bactericides, can be very effective in the treatment of acne outbreaks. However, topical bactericides are not recommended in the prevention of acne. Although keeping pores open and skin clear, is a vital part of acne prevention, products which contain chemicals to kill the bacteria, should only be used once the blemish forms. Otherwise, you could dry out the skin, causing additional skin problems.

One of the simplest acne prevention methods is to wash your face twice a day using a mild non-perfumed soap. A blackhead will look like dirt in the pores. This is actually bacteria that is forming in the pores. By washing your face and removing the dead skins you can prevent the bacteria from forming.
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