Acne Treatments that Work

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When a pimple appears on a person face, our immediate reaction is . . . oh no, a zit, a whitehead, a blackhead or an acne breakout. Often, further questions start to arise with why is this happening to me or rather, how come?

So, I have written on male acne, having touched on white heads, black heads as well as eczema and psoriasis. Now, going into this a little further, I will talk about acne in general.

Acne causes inflammation of the hair follicles. It is most common to affect the face although it can also affects the back and chest. It can show up as a blackheads, whiteheads, pimples (zits) and cysts. In severe cases, acne may lead to permanent scarring.

Suggestions to manage acne include:

  • Cleansing – this can be using a glycerine soap and water to an over-the-counter product such as Cetaphil or diluted Tea Tree Oil. Try washing the affected area twice a day – once in the morning and before going to bed at night.
  • Make up – try wearing none if possible, keeping your skin free from chemicals. Choosing water-based or oil-free products is best. Removed all traces of makeup before going to bed.
  • Don’t squeeze – I know, its tempting and almost everyone does it. DO NOT pick or squeeze pimples. It can make them worse and lead to scarring.
  • DietMyth: Lollies or Chocolate cause pimples? Fact: No, they DO NOT. There is very strong evidence that pimples of any sort is usually linked to genetics or caused by your hormones. There is also enough proof that eating a healthy diet and lots of water can help.

There is always help available when it comes to acne & in most cases, we have all gone through it once or twice in our younger years. If you Pharmacist is not able to help you further with any over the counter products, you will then need to see your Doctor. He/She will assess your acne and prescribe some medications. If further treatment is then recommended, your Doctor/GP will refer you to a Dermatologist for further assessment.

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