Acne is more prevalent among teens due to elevated hormonal changes which cause a rise in sebum production. However, many adults also have a problem with acne and battle daily in trying to keep it under control.
March 1, 2014 (Newswire) - Acne is more prevalent among teens due to elevated hormonal changes which cause a rise in sebum production. However, many adults also have a problem with acne and battle daily in trying to keep it under control.
A pimple forms when sebum, the oil that normally coats skin and hair, combines with the dead skin cells and bacteria, which in turn clogs the pores and out pops a pimple. Here are some acne skin care tips to help in your acne eradication battle.
To start with, try not to pop that zit. I know this is a tall order, but popping pimples can push the problem deeper into the skin, causing more redness, irritation and pain. If you opt to pop that zit, you may even cause the skin to scar.
With that being said, let's move on to the proper care of acneic skin. Make sure you wash your hands before you proceed to cleanse your face or apply any product or makeup to ensure you do not transfer any dirt, germs or bacteria to your skin via your fingertips.
To eliminate dirt, bacteria and excess oil, cleanse the face two times a day. Use warm water and gentle circular motions; do not scrub your skin in a "hard" or "harsh" fashion, as this may damage sensitive skin. Scrubbing and/or over-washing can cause the skin to react adversely and thus raise your odds of developing acne.
After cleansing your face, apply a light noncomedogenic lotion or gel that contains salicylic acid, which will serve two purposes. It will not only moisturize the skin, but will also help to exfoliate dead skin cells, control oil production and bacteria levels.
For some, a moisturizer containing benzoyl peroxide might work, however, proceed with caution when using any product that contains this ingredient. Initially, it may appear that all is going well, but if it is too harsh for your skin, you will find that it is ultimately too drying and cause scaling, redness, peeling, and inflammation.
If acne occurs on any part of the body, you will want to avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing. Tight clothes restrict air circulation and raise the probability of your skin becoming irritated. This results from the friction of the clothing rubbing against your skin.