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YOUR GUIDE TO FIGHTING ACNE

Acne is one of the most troublesome and common skin care problems for people around the world - and emotionally one of the most debilitating and embarrassing skin disorders to experience. Although most often associated with teenagers and the onset of puberty, the truth is that you can get acne at any age, which makes it even more frustrating.

No, pimples are not part of some conspiracy to ruin your life, and yes, there is something you can do to get rid of them!


ALL ABOUT ACNE

Anatomy of a Zit

Everyone is familiar with acne, even if we don't know the specifics of what makes it acne. Acne's textbook definition is that it's a skin disorder that occurs when hair follicles (every pore on your face is actually part of a follicle) become plugged with dead skin cells and oil. That mixture of oil and cells allows the bacteria responsible for acne, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), to flourish inside the follicle instead of remaining on skin's surface, where it normally resides without causing much trouble.

How Breakouts Happen

When the sebum and other clogged materials are exposed to the air, they turn black (a process called oxidation). Bacteria can grow in the blocked pores and produce an inflammation, otherwise known as a zit. If there are pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, but no deep cysts, it's called superficial acne or acne vulgaris. If the pimples project down into the skin, and there are cysts filled with pus, it's called deeper acne. If not treated right away, it can leave scars if not treated properly.

Change your life - Change your face

Let's get really real: all the acne-fighting products in the world won't completely solve your problem unless you work on the cause of it -stress and your health. Make some time for yourself, try deep breathing or yoga, whatever you can to keep those stress hormones down.

Also, other lifestyle factors like lack of sleep, poor nutrition, dehydration and smoking can have a huge impact on your skin. So ensure that your getting eight hours a night and your eight glasses of water a day.

Also, limit your caffeine consumption - while it keeps you going through the day, it also keeps your body in a stressed-out state. Try eating healthy snacks like nuts and complex carbs to keep your energy levels up instead.

 

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