Clearing Up Acne

Millions of people all over the world suffer from acne and in spite of it being such a great cause of anguish, research still hasn't thrown up any fool-proof methods to cure acne. Why, in the U.S alone, there are over 17 million people who are acne-ridden. It is a disease of the skin's oil-producing glands. What happens in there is this: the pores get clogged, bacteria attack this plug and before you know it, you have an angry, red, raised blob spoiling your appearance. Now the sad part is, no one seems to know why the pores get clogged in some people while they don't in others.

Some feel that acne is actually an allergy that manifests itself on the skin. Well, that might make sense considering that certain foods and conditions do make acne-prone sufferers more susceptible. However, this has not been proved and we are still not sure. But what has been observed is that acne could be hereditary.

Acne can be divided into two major types: acne rosacea and acne vulgaris. In the former, you will find red eruptions all over the face. Acne vulgaris on the other hand has cysts that burrow deep into the skin, ending up as scars that are difficult to get rid of. These comprise of zits, pimples, blackheads or whiteheads.

Acne can affect anyone – man or woman and it can affect people of all ages. However, one finds that it is most prevalent in the teenage years. It could be that this growing phase brings with it a lot of adjustments and therefore stress so that could be one trigger when it comes to acne. Whatever the reason, the oil-producing glands go a bit berserk and the result is acne. It has been noticed that very often, as one grows out of the teenage years, slowly all traces of acne seem to disappear. Probably what really has made youngsters very conscious about their acne which they should really take as part of growing up, is the fact that every bit of advertising pushes clear skin. Like being skinny, having clear skin has almost become a ‘must'.

What one can do if one is acne-prone is control the acne on two fronts – from the inside and the outside. Let's look at the outside first – you need to wash with a mild soap whenever you can. Be careful to clear all traces of make-up. On the inside, you can fight acne by drinking lots of water, avoiding greasy foods, cutting back on the sugar and processed foods and avoiding junk food and fizzy drinks. You could also try and reduce the stress because things do hot up on the skin when you're stressed out.

The trick with acne is to learn to manage it and live with it rather than get rid of it completely and feel depressed you don't. Acne can be controlled if you are careful. All it takes is a bit of self-restraint to keep it at bay.