Acne: take control!

Is acne ruining your life? There are solutions. By practicing proper hygiene and using products adapted to your skin type, you can overcome this problem.

Today, social pressure regarding our appearance is extremely strong. That’s why unsightly acne is so unpleasant.What’s more, all the taboos and false information circulating about acne make it even  more difficult to get tothe truth about this problem, which affects some 85% of adolescents and 11% of adults. Here’s what you need to know.

What is acne?

Acne is the term for blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, or cysts (pus-filled) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.

What causes acne?

The main cause of acne is a hypersecretion (excessive production) of sebum, i.e., oil. Sebum is a greasy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands whose role is to protect the skin against dryness. This excess oil accumulates on the surface of the skin, making it oilier. The pores block, causing bacteria, which leads to acne. This hypersecretion of oil is mainly the result of a hormonal imbalance during puberty or menstrual cycle. Other factors that contribute to acne are:

  • Certain medications;
  • The presence of oily materials and dust in the workplace;
  • Excessive rubbing of the skin;
  • Poor hygiene;
  • Picking pimples;
  • Having one’s hair near the face or touching it;
  • Using oil-based cosmetics;
  • Heredity.
What causes acne?

How can acne be prevented?

Here are some basic tips to prevent and control acne:

  • Wash your face gently morning and night with mild soap or a cleansing product for acne-prone skin to prevent oil accumulation;
  • Thoroughly remove makeup;
  • Use creams and makeupthat don’t block pores (non-comedogenic);
  • Men should use an electric shaver if possible. If you prefer razor blades, shave in the shower when skin is well hydrated and soft. Use soap or shaving cream and shave in the direction of the hair;
How can acne be prevented?
  • Do not wear a cap or hat if you have acne on your forehead. The friction of the fabric against the skin can aggravate the condition;
  • If you use hair gel or spray, make sure not to get any on your face as these products can block pores;
  • If your hair touches your face, make sure to wash it frequently to remove oil residue and dirt;
  • If you wear glasses, wash them often to prevent acne on the nose and around the eyes;
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands since fingers contain oil, dirt and bacteria that can infect pimples;
  • Avoid picking pimples and blackheads as this can cause inflammation and scars.

Can acne be treated?

If you suffer from mild acne, several cleansing products and treatments can help eliminate the problem. Most over-the-counter products, such as those in the PanOxyl® line, contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These medications have an exfoliating action, i.e. they remove dead skin and prevent bacteria from developing. Therefore, they are effective in treating the type of acne associated with blackheads and whiteheads, without any inflammation or cysts. You will have to use most products for a few days or a few weeks before you see considerable improvement. To get the most out of such treatments, carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions before use.

In general, teen acne can be successfully treated. Unfortunately, adult acne can sometimes be more difficult to treat. Certain products, such as Pro-X Clear by Olay, are specially made for adult skin care needs.

If your acne covers a large skin area and is severe, it is recommended that you see a doctor. Prescription medication may be able to help. Do not put off getting adequate treatment to avoid permanent scarring over time.


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Acne: take control!

Is acne ruining your life? There are solutions. By practicing proper hygiene and using products adapted to your skin type, you can overcome this problem.