Questions and Answers
Acne is a condition which occurs when skin pores are clogged by oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and dirt. This causes blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples. Consult with a doctor to get the proper treatment for acne problems.
Typical causes of acne are due to excessive oil production in the follicles, dead skin accumulation in the pores, and bacteria build up in the pores.
Food may not be the main contributing factor in acne but it can increase the frequency of acne breakouts. Some of these foods are sugars (soda, rice, sweeteners), dairy products, fast food, and chocolate. Food that may improve acne includes foods containing Vitamin A, C, and E, antioxidants, and omega-3 acids.
Washing your face with soap and water can help remove the oil and dirt that’s causing acne and can minimize breakouts. Other treatments can include prescriptions from doctors include skin lotions, acne cream or gel, and antibiotics.
During puberty, hormones become active which stimulates oil glands to increase oil production. This excessive oil on the skin can lead to acne, which is why people are likely to get acne during their teenage years.
Studies show that teenage acne usually lasts 5 to 10 years, and almost disappears in the early 20s; but about 20% of all cases can continue into adulthood. Fortunately, there are several treatments for acne. If acne causing you discomfort, book an appointment with a Rocket Doctor to discuss your treatment options.
Hormonal acne in adults usually forms on the lower part of the face (chin and jawline). Hormonal may be triggered by hormones from menstruation, menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and increased androgen levels. See a doctor for help diagnosing acne and to get tips or have a treatment plan created to help alleviate symptoms.
Acne usually clears up after several years even if untreated but severe conditions can lead to serious and permanent scarring. It may not be life threatening but it can be upsetting and physically painful.
These are some of the things you must not do with acne. Do not pop cysts and pimples, even touching them could irritate your skin. Covering your pimples with eye concealer and not washing off your makeup properly could worsen your condition. It is always best to consult a doctor to know the proper treatment for acne.
To prevent or lessen the severity of acne, keep your face clean and moisturized, limit the use of makeup, wash your face at the end of the day, avoid the sun as much as possible, try to keep your hands off your face.