Acne is a very common and widespread problem. It often causes discomfort and embarrassment to those who suffer from it. Although there are many creams, lotions, and treatment methods to help solve ongoing problems with acne, prevention of acne is equally as important. Finding out what causes acne and eliminating that cause can be a great help in curing acne and preventing recurring bouts.
Unfortunately, there are many different reasons for acne. All cases of acne are different, are linked to different causes, and are cured with different forms of treatment and medication. This means that what works for someone else will not necessarily work for you. Thus it is very important that you identify your particular case of acne and its cause, it is a unique case and must be treated as such. Consult a specialist and have them identify the causes of your acne, not only will this help you know how to treat your acne, but will also give you valuable insight on how to prevent it.
There are a few basic steps that apply to most cases of acne and should be followed by anyone who faces skin problems with acne.
• Do not pop or squeeze pimples! A very simple rule, although not so simple to follow. The urge to squeeze a pimple is often very strong, but should be avoided at all costs. Squeezing pimples can cause more outbreaks and often leads to scarring.
• If you are acne prone, be sure to read the labels on cosmetics and products that will be applied to your skin. Look for the items that are “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic” when choosing such products. Products marked with those words indicate that they were specifically designed for people with acne. Oil-free products are also a good suggestion for those who suffer from acne.
• Proper washing of the affected areas is a must. Gentle washing with warm water and a soft, neutral soap should be done a few times a day in order to keep the skin free of dirt, oils and other substances that can cause irritation and inflammation.
• Before using facial scrubs or cleansers, be sure to consult your doctor. Such products often contain substances that can cause irritation if you have sensitive skin, leaving your skin more susceptible to acne.
• Before discontinuing the use of any medication that you are using to combat acne, consult your physician. Often the outer symptoms disappear, but medication must be continued until the hidden causes are entirely eliminated.