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15 Sep '14

ACNE

Posted by Linda Elle

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Acne erupts after oil secreted from the sebaceous glands mixes with dead skin cells and debris, forming a pore-clogging plug. This plug, or comedo, traps oil and bacteria inside the follicle.  A blemish has been forming under the skin for about 2-3 weeks before it appears to the surface.

A lot of acne treatments are available to the public - even though their approaches differ widely most of them work really well if you are willing to follow directions and be consistant in their regimen . If you do not put the effort and time and stick religiously to a routine there's no product line that will help, you have to be patient and give it time to work for some people results happen very quickly others can take 1-3 months, everyone is different and every skin reacts differently.  The guidance of a skin care professional and/or reputable skin care products is a major advantage in dealing with acne!  Acne is treatable and you can control it.  It takes time and patience to deal with acne!  There is no quick fix! Also remember what works for one person may not work for you!  FIND A REPUTABLE FRAGRANCE FREE, hypoallegenic, color free, NON PORE CLOGGING, PRODUCT LINE THAT YOU HAVE TRUST IN; SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR YOU that DOES NOT IRRITATE YOUR SKIN AND STICK TO IT!

Some Reasons for Acne Flare ups:
~Puberty because of physiological changes, hormone levels are fluctuating
~Hormones during mensturation or menopause - low estrogen levels
~Diet - Lack of a healthy diet may contribute to the level of the outbreak!  Reaction to Bromine usually found in chocolate and dark colored soft drinks.  This does not affect everyone because not every body reacts to bromine. Some people will
get a breakout after eating an excessive amount of chocolate!
~Improper Cleansing, using the wrong products or lack of and inappropriate cosmetic use!
~Stress, Nerves and Fatigue because it cause an increase in androgens (male hormone). It is not unusual to see students with breakouts during exams. 
~Extra Sebum

Before concluding that a treatment/product does not work, give it 90 days of continuous, consistent use! do not switch back and forth to different products!  

ADULT ACNE
Affect 71% of women ages 25-49 at one point or another.  Harder to deal with due to the fact that older skins sheds and repairs itself more slowly, dead cells sit on the surface longer which leads to blackheads or whiteheads, the latter of which can turn red.  It may appear in a cluster, in a bumpy flush, or blemished and since adult skin is often more sensitive and dry then teenagers it may require a gentler approach using creamier products such as milk/mousse/foam cleansers and using
toner and serums/concentrates once a day only if skin is easily irritated, but o.k. to use milk cleansers twice daily if you wish to do so..... remember to do your mask 1-2 times weekly to calm the skin and minimize surface oil and bacteria. Adult acne is caused by the same way as teenage acne which erupt after oil secreted from the sebaceous glads mixes with dead skin cells and debris, forming a pore-clogging plug.

SOME SIDE EFFECTS THAY MAY BE EXPERIENCED FROM USING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FOR YOUR ACNE

-fatigue -skin pigmentation
-sensitivity of the skin -headaches
-dry lips -dizziness
-nose bleeds -upset stomach
-sore eyes
-backache
-depression

DARK OR RED PATCHES (erythematous macule) LEFT AFTER ACNE OUTBREAK IS NORMAL THESE WILL USUALLY FADE WITH
IN 4-6 MONTHS with a good skin care regimen, vitamin c products and aha (alpha hydroxy acids) products are very helpful also  Dr Renaud Natigene Gel .... They occur due to inflammation. TRY TO STAY OUT OF THE SUN - THE SUN MAY CLEAR YOUR ACNE FOR A WHILE BUT IT WILL COME BACK OVER TIME AND WILL BE WORST.....

Before concluding that a treatment/product does not work, give it 90 days of continuous, consistent use! do not switch back and forth to different products! Also you many need to at the beginning to use some products every 2-3 days instead of daily until your skin adapts to the change...... and then resume to daily use once your skin adapts to your new regimen or cream...... sometimes when you use too new many products all at once your skin as a difficult time to all the change all at once and not like it and may react..... if this happens try to introduce slowly one product at a time....... like use one cream for one week then the next week, add a second product, third week add another and so on.... go at your own skin paste/reaction.

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