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What Are 8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Acne?

I am Aabis Ashfaq from Pakistan. I am studying in Pharm-D (Doctor of Pharmacy) at the University of Lahore.

What Are The Causes of Acne On Skin?

Acne is a skin disorder that affects most teenagers and also many young adults. It is characterized by acne on skin which may include some types of acne, acne scars, acne spots, acne-prone skin , acne resistance etc. Acne breakouts are caused when dead skin cells clog up hair follicles or pores in your skin triggering bacteria called p-acnes . The bacteria then produces oily chemicals that irritate the wall of the blocked pore. When the pore becomes red (or inflamed) it becomes an acne spot. If it remains open it forms an acne sore before healing itself completely over time without leaving any scar tissue behind. Although acne normally begins during adolescence, acne can affect anyone at any age.

10 Interesting Facts About Acne.

Unfortunately, acne isn't a myth. People of all ages can suffer from acne, but it's one of teenagers' most common skin conditions.

Here are some acne facts that you may not know about:

  1. Acne is a condition caused by blockage and inflammation of hair follicles and oil glands in your skin, resulting in pimples appearing on your face, chest or back – acne affects 80% to 95% of teenagers at some point during their adolescence. However, acne can affect people at any age.
  2. The main causes for acne include too much sebum (skin oil), dead skin cells blocking the pore (hair follicle), growth of bacteria inside the pore and irritating substances called 'extractors' causing the pore to become inflamed.
  3. Acne is not caused by dirt or poor personal hygiene, eating chocolate or greasy foods!
  4. We still cannot predict which acne will clear up within a year and which acne won't clear up at all, even with treatment.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, acne affects teenagers; acne can affect any age group, including adults. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects between 40-50 million Americans each year, making it the most common skin condition in the US, so you are certainly not alone!
  6. Acne does not indicate that you have poor personal hygiene or lack cleanliness – having acne is part of having an active oil gland.
  7. Acne does not cause acne scars – acne scars are caused by too much inflammation in or around the oil gland causing permanent damage to this particular area of skin on your face, chest or back.
  8. Having acne doesn't mean you have dirty acne either – acne is independent of how clean your skin is, so frequently washing with soap will not clear up acne.
  9. Contrary to popular belief, acne isn't caused by eating chocolate or greasy foods! Chocolate and fatty foods may trigger acne, but they won't cause acne themselves if you are not already predisposed to developing acne.
  10. Men can also suffer from acne, although men tend to suffer more severe forms of acne on their faces compared to women who tend to suffer acne on their shoulders, chest and back. Acne is not more common in women than it is in men. Although acne isn't a serious medical condition, acne can still be very distressing and uncomfortable. If your acne starts to become severe and affects your daily life, please see a doctor for treatment.

8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Acne

  1. Use acne containing products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These can kill acne-causing bacteria, dissolve dead skin cells and cleanse pores which prevents acne from forming in the first place. Meanwhile, remember to use step 2 daily for clearer skin!
  2. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially if you have acne on your hands too - think about it, there are heaps of crud on our hands all day long, so touching our faces adds more dirt into our pores that causes acne formation.
  3. Apply acne products on clean hands and not on your palms as acne bacteria will be transferred onto your face when you apply acne treatments with them hence worsening acne instead of treating acne.
  4. Use a blackhead strip to open up pores before applying acne treatments to remove more dirt during the treatment process.
  5. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day! Drinking lots of water helps detox our bodies, flush out toxins through urine, lowers stress levels, causes less acne formation, hydrates skin cells for healthy looking skin, and flushes out acne, causing hormones through sweat, which means less acne! It's more effective than expensive skincare or beauty products any day.
  6. Avoid tight clothing against the acne area as it causes acne by blocking skin pores, and acne treatments will not penetrate deep into the skin.
  7. Keep your stress levels down and exercise regularly for healthy-looking acne-free skin! Exercise has been shown scientifically to decrease acne due to acne-causing hormones while at the same time increasing stress-relieving endorphins, which reduces acne.
  8. Eat more fruits and vegetables such as avocado, broccoli, carrots and eggs (these foods contain vitamin A that's vital in having acne-free skin)

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2021 Muhammad Aabis Ashfaq

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