Acne brings huge problems to teenagers. Teenagers who
have acne feel isolated, ugly, and insecure. Who
wouldn't when everywhere you look, only clear
skinned people are put on the
You tried every acne product
out in the market but nothing seems to work. At
this point, you feel that your social life is
doomed but fret not because acne won't stay
forever if you take the proper actions
First step to take is to
understand what acne really is and from there
you can take the necessary actions in curing or
at least reducing your acne problem.
is the term for plugged pores (whiteheads and
blackheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (nodules)
that happens in the face, neck, chest, back and
upper arms. Acne is caused by build up of excess
oil and dead skin in a pore. The causes of this
are natural hormones, clogged skin and
The onset of acne happens
between the ages of twelve to seventeen. Almost
all teenagers had acne. Many of them used
non-prescription treatments to alleviate acne
but more than 40% of teenagers in their
mid-teens have severe acne cases. Normally, it
goes away in the early twenties. Then again,
there are many cases wherein acne starts or
continues into adulthood.
interesting to note though that young men who
are more likely to have severe acne, don't
consult dermatologists as much as young women
do. But then again, young women are more likely
to have irregular acne due to hormonal changes
during menstrual cycle or due to the cosmetic
products they use. This kind of acne may afflict
women even into adulthood.
question now is how do you reduce
Knowing the facts that debunk the
myths and misconceptions about acne may help you
alleviate your acne problem:
Myth 1: Acne
is caused by poor hygiene.
This may be
true if you don't wash your face at all. But if
you resort to frequent and vigorous washing, it
will definitely cause scarring which will worsen
acne. The best approach is to gently wash face
twice a day with mild soap and use appropriate
acne treatment after.
Myth 2: Acne is
caused by diet.
debunked this having found that there is no
connection between food and acne.
Acne is caused by stress.
not important factors in acne. Only severe
stress that needs medication can cause acne as
Myth 4: Acne is just a
Acne does affect how
people look but there's no serious threat to
physical health. However, acne can result to
serious scarring which can affect how these
people live their lives.
Myth 5: You just
have to let acne run its course.
truth is, acne can be cleared up using acne
products available in the market today. If they
don't work for you, then try seeing a
According to Thiboutot
(2000), cure of acne lies in knowing
* That resolution to
cure acne takes time;
* That what works for
one may not work for another;
* and that a
dermatologist's help may be needed if all
actions you take
to cure your acne fail.
Remember that acne responds well to
early treatment. So to prevent scarring have
your acne treated as soon as acne starts showing
up on your
Charlene J. Nuble
,2005. For up to date links and
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