They’re a reality that we all know far too well for our own liking. We’ve all had them, and we’ve all wished that they’d disappear just as quickly as they come around. Breakouts are among the worst things that happen to us, no matter what age we are. During adolescence they are the norm, but as we age, they become more of a symbol of annoyance than anything else.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, so the odds of someone sharing in your pain of an excruciatingly bad day due to a breakout of sorts, is fairly high. However, better understanding why acne occurs, how it affects our health, and what we can do to try to prevent it from rearing it’s unwanted head, can help us to becomes a little wiser and better prepared in terms of our physical and mental health.
Now, because everyone’s face is different, as are the genetic make up and predisposition to breakouts, not all blemishes, spots, pimples and blotches are created the same. However, when narrowing it all down, there are two very broad categories of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory.
There are generally three basic causes for either of these two types of acne, most notably heavy oil build up in the face and in the pores, bacteria and dead skin cells as well. The more bacteria you have on the face, the more there is to seep deep into the skin, and when this occurs, inflammation is the final result. Excess skin cells and improper cleaning techniques to rid the face of these cells results in the more non-inflammatory version of acne.
Non-inflammatory acne is typically limited to blackheads and whiteheads. These are usually smaller, non painful and can even be wiped away with a good scrub. The inflammatory version is the form that we have all come to know and hate. The oil bred bumps that tend to grow in shape and size overnight. These are typically painful and can contain pus and/or blood, depending on the severity. with the inflammatory version, they occur because of irritations deep into the skin and pores, all without a way to be released, which is why they form pimples on the outer most layer of the skin.
So now you know all the scientific jargon that comes with acne, why not learn more about how you can treat it and help to prevent it. Of course, the most obvious way to help prevent breakouts is to clean your face regularly, but for many it’s just not that simple. Sometimes, being breakout free means a change in diet, lifestyle and some tweaks to the face washing routine.
Foods that are high in sugar and oils can often lead to higher rates of acne, so try to incorporate more water in your daily routine if you’ve got a sweet tooth. The extra water can help to keep the face and pores hydrated and naturally flush out oils from the skin. Be sure that you are using a face wash that is right for your skin; it may take a little trial and error, simply because not all face washing methods are the same. When you’ve found your niche, stick to it and don’t deviate.
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