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Acne: Blemishing Your Life

Filed Under: Personal Care at 2:58 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
AcneThe first day a pimple appeared on your chin, you knew. The days of baby-face clear skin were over. You were about to embark on a journey marked by embarrassing blemishes, cover-up makeup, strategically placed hair, secret popping and desperate scrubbing. You prayed that you would be one of the lucky ones, one of the ones who saw a zit once a year, or once ever. You probably weren’t. More than likely, you spent the rest of puberty and a few years afterwards, battling frequent blemishes, ripping blackheads out with sticky strips and cursing the oily skin genetics cursed you with. You may even still be fighting the good fight, or your children are. Either way, a few tips on prevention and treatment can’t hurt.

To prevent, first know the origins. Acne is caused by a build up of oil in the skin, which leads to waste accumulation.  There’s no proof that poor hygiene and greasy foods cause acne, but practicing good hygiene and eating well can help prevent it. Wash your face regularly and consider using a sulfur-based soap for a little extra cleansing power.  Sulfur kills bacteria on the skin and treats inflammatory pimples as well as acne lesions. Also, wash your hair daily if it’s greasy and keep it off of your face. The oils from hair can contribute to breakouts. Finally, when you’re choosing foods, select ones that are rich in vitamins and minerals. You’ll find that vitamin A, chromium and zinc are particularly useful.

Should your prevention methods fail, treating acne is usually easy.  Continue washing your face. Then, purchase a topical ointment at any local supermarket or drug store. There are a lot of options, and you want to make sure you choose the most helpful ones. You don’t, for example, want anything too oily – this counts for moisturizers as well. You can buy tea tree oil, which kills bacteria, or any product that will unplug and dry up your pores. Honey, also, reportedly works. It’s gentle on the skin and may heal minor blemishes. If your acne persists, consult your doctor. He can prescribe a more stringent medication.

Acne is going to blemish your face, but active treatment and prevention can ensure it doesn’t blemish your life.

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2 Responses to “Acne: Blemishing Your Life”

  1. Gaboo says:

    It’s not that easy! I been fighting acne for at least 10 years. Tried different topical & internal methods. I think I have solved mine with Vitamin B6, but everyone is different. I really wish it is as easy as you say.

  2. Emily says:

    Great post, thanks for the info

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