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Acne - An Equal Opportunity Disease

Aug 24, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Acne is the name for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and also deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that happen on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms.

It is a skin problem that occurs due to the over producing of oil by the oil glands of the skin and is more common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age, even as an infant. It is a complex condition, but one we are learning more about it every day.

TREATMENTS: Treating the problem includes medicines and creams. Americans spend well over a $100,000,000 a year for non-prescription acne remedies, not even taking into consideration special soaps and cleansers. For that reason, you should use proper treatments for acne.

Moreover, many treatments increase the skin's sensitivity to UV light, making the risk of UV light exposure all the worse. Your dermatologist will decide which treatments are best for your condition.

For more information about the types of treatments that are available, and for basic acne treatment guidelines, please see your doctor or dermatologist.

Most mild conditions can be treated effectively at home, with good daily skin care and OTC (0ver-the-counter) medicines, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

If you are suffering from moderate to a more severe condition or home treatments are not effective for you, contact your doctor. There are many treatment methods which range from covering up your symptoms using creams to attacking the cause of your pimples.

BACTERIA: Tissue injured by squeezing or picking can become infected by staphylococci, streptococci and other skin bacteria. In the process, these bacteria produce irritating substances that can cause inflammation. Now the oil and bacteria that should be coming to the surface of the skin is stuck.

The same bacteria and oils that are causing you to break out are also on your hands. Squeezing your pimples does nothing more than deposit and push more bacteria and oil into your skin.

CONCLUSION: Acne is an equal opportunity problem, with out regard to race, culture, gender or even your age. Although many people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain types of foods, especially chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or has any influence on it.

Stay clear of any foods which seem to worsen your situation and for your overall health, eat a balanced diet--however diet shouldn't really matter if the acne is being appropriately treated. The best means for prevention of the disease is to maintain a proper skin care plan that includes regular use of masks and exfoliants.
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About the author: Richard H. Ealom is an ezinearticles.com writer with more than 50 articles on Diseases,Causes,Cures. To learn more about Acne visit Overnight Acne Cures! You have permission to use this article provided this box is kept unchanged.
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