Tuesday, March 24, 2009
ALL ABOUT ACNE
Acne is a heavy-duty subject that almost all people can relate to. Even though the word acne is its own subject, there are many different forms of acne. Usually acne is broken down into 4 "grades"
GRADE ONE ACNE- is what is considered a minor breakout. There are a few blemishes, whether blackheads or whiteheads. Your skin is pretty clear except for the few pimples that arrive from time to time.
GRADE TWO ACNE- is when there are more blemishes visible. There may be both open and closed pimples, (meaning blackheads or whiteheads) but there is no inflammation. Just one step beyond grade one acne.
GRADE THREE ACNE- acne is the stage where inflammation is now involved. This grade will show with many blemishes and the skin will be reddened. Pimples are usually tender and can be swollen.
GRADE FOUR ACNE- is the final stage of acne, sometimes being called Cystic Acne. This grade has many blemishes, the skin is red and inflamed and there are cysts which are deeper. Also very painful and very deep. Hard to pop and sometimes throbbing.
Cool fact: A lot of people think that blackheads are the "dirt" in the pimple....The black color is not caused by dirt. Rather, it is a reaction of the skin's own pigment, melanin, reacting with the oxygen in the air. Betcha' didnt know that huh?
Its best if you can identify which acne you have so that you can take proper precautions to heal the skin back to its normal state. Sometimes you may have Grade 1 acne and other times you may have Grade 2. It all just depends on a few things...
THE CAUSES OF ACNE-
Unfortunatly you can get acne from many things the number one factor being heredity. If your parents had it you most likely will too, that also is the same for clear skin as well.
Acne can also be caused by sweating, cosmetics, humidity, hormones, certain medication, and last but definitely not least, bacteria. DUN DUN DUN.
Dont freak out. Here are a few things that you can do when you see a change in your skin or to prevent seeing a change.
Change your bed sheets often- A lot of people forget about doing this but you would not believe the amount of bacteria and dead skin cells that shed off during the night.
Clean your cell and home phones on a regular basis- I have seen some women have acne right where the phone is placed, I kid you not. Antibacterial wipes work the best.
Wash your face- I know this one sounds like a no brainer but some people dont use the proper care and then wonder why their face is breaking out. And no, using "just water" isnt going to help.
Cleansing your face in moderation- Some people wash their face TOO much (yes, it is harmful and CAN be done). It can lead to inflammation and cause the acne to swell.
Switch to mineral makeup- it doesn't harbor bacteria and wont clog your pores
drink your water- I cant tell you how important it is to DRINK YOUR WATER. You want to get rid of that harmful bacteria that is residing in your body. A miracle wont happen but you will notice a change in your skin, (and it wont hurt those love handles, either!)
There are also many substances in products that I would suggest such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and anything with an antiseptic property.
Something I would definitely NEVER suggest is popping them. I know it is hard, and almost torture when a little visitor appeared the night before your big date but try your best not to go to town with the little sucker. Picking and squeezing can lead to "acne pocks" and scarring. If you absolutely HAVE to pick...be safe. Use two q-tips instead of using your fingers and apply antiseptic before and after.
I know this may sound like a lot and you are probably overwhelmed sometimes with acne but take it one step at a time, one outbreak at a time.
I hope this helps you guys! Are there any other things on acne you feel I didnt cover?