Causes and Cures for Acne

Teens are not the only ones prone to developing breakouts in their lifetime. Bodybuilders and even adults are now finding themselves washing their faces three or four times a day to try ridding themselves of the horrible phenomena known as acne. This article will explain the basics of acne and give you cost-cutting information for those wanting to have clearer skin. You will learn what acne is, how it is formed, and common topicals, cleansers, and supplements used to fight it.

Millions of people suffering from acne want to know one question, “How are these stupid zits formed anyways?” One major cause of acne is an over production of an oil known as sebum. This oil is combined with dead skin cells, causes the oil to be contained within your hair follicles, and causes acne. Another reason you may have acne is that acne problems are genetical. This means that if your parents had acne, then chances are good that you have had or will have acne problems as well. You can take healthy steps to achieving clearer skin by shaving every day, washing your face more often, watching your diet, and using topicals, cleaners, and supplements to help clear your acne.

There are several topicals and cleansers you can purchase without a prescription. Most of the products you use contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfer and hydroxy acids, which all help at treating moderate acne. If your acne is more severe, then you may want to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. You will most likely be prescribed Brevoxyl, Accutane, or Retin-A Micro, but be careful if you are prescribed Accutane. Accutane will clear your acne no matter how severe it is, but all the side effects it brings will make you wonder if the results are even worth it.

If you decide to not waste as much money seeing a dermatologist and want to try clearing your acne on your own, you can purchase many supplements that have positive effects on your skin. Products such as Zinc, Vitamin A,C, and E, ALA, Selenium, Niacin, and fatty acids such as Omega 6 and Omega 3`s combined with the proper topicals and cleansers should leave your skin looking how you want it to look. If these methods don`t help after a couple of weeks, then I highly recommend that you see a dermotologist, no matter what the cost is.

Acne is a severe skin disease that affects millions of people. It can lead to depression, leave you with a low self-esteem, and keep you from doing things you want to do. If you currently have acne, it`s not the end of the world. You need to sit down and think what you are going to do to fight. You need to take one day at a time and not get upset when you`re not seeing the results you want right away. You also shouldn`t pick at them either because picking at them can make the clearing process take longer and can even leave scars when you`re older. Just be patient and let time do its thing. Clearer skin is just around the corner. Until next time, later.

Zach Bashore
April 10, 2006

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