How to Control and Prevent Acne
Many are still misguided into believing that acne is caused by poor hygiene, eating chocolate, French fries, and greasy food. Sexual overdrive is also mentioned as a culprit. Acne is not caused by anything you do. Acne occurs during your episodes of hormonal imbalance. It is triggered by a rise in androgen hormone, resulting in enlarged oil glands that pump more oil into the skin. The mixture of oil and dead skin cells can block pores, forming blackheads and whiteheads, which can deteriorate into acne breakouts.
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salicylic acid to keep pores unclogged.
Keeping pores unclogged is the key to prevention of acne. Topical acne medications work by preventing whiteheads and blackheads from forming, and by breaking down comedones that have developed. You will find commonly used active ingredients such as resorcinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur. They exfoliate and peel off the dead top skin layer that causes pores to become clogged. These are in the form of soaps, gels, pads, and creams.
If you have severe acne, you should see a dermatologist. You may be prescribed topical and oral antibiotics, like erythromycin, to combat the growth of P. acnes bacteria and reduce inflammation. Topical retinoids like tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene are prescription actives that prevent whiteheads and blackheads from developing.
When all else fails, isotretinoin, a strong oral retinoid may be given by the doctor. There are many side effects associated with the use of isotretinoin, which is why it is considered the medicine of last resort.
Acne injection is a popular procedure among those who want to get rid of pimples fast for some important event. The dermatologist will inject a diluted corticosteroid to lower the inflammation and speed up healing. The cyst will “melt” within a few days. Acne injection will also reduce the risk of scarring from inflamed cystic acne.
Acnelight therapy is a novel approach to the treatment of acne. A machine which emits blue light is used to sterilize the skin, eliminating P. acnes bacteria. It is recommended that it be used in conjunction with traditional topical acne medications.
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Skin Smart seeks to clarify facts and myths on skin care. This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on May 14, 2013. The author received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. The author is the CEO of SkinStation and can be reached at email@example.com.