Acne (spots) can be a frustrating problem to deal with. There are a lot of ideas about the best way to manage acne - and a few wrong ones as well.
- It is quite normal to get spots on your face, your neck, chest or back, especially in your teenage years
- Acne is not caused by being dirty. People get acne because of hormonal (chemical) changes in the body. Both young men and women start to produce more hormones when they develop. Certain hormones tell the glands in your skin to produce an oily substance called sebum. Sebum can get hard and gummy and cause blockages at the opening of the glands, leading to blackheads. Bacteria can also grow here, causing infection, and you end up with spots
- You may notice that your skin gets worse during times of stress or before your period. This is also due to hormonal changes in your body
- Some people think that food like chocolate and chips can lead to acne, other people insist this isn't the case. We do know that healthy eating and drinking lots of water are good for your overall health, so it can't hurt to stay away from unhealthy foods
- While it helps to wash your skin with a mild, unperfumed soap, overwashing or using strong soaps can affect your skin and lead to a flare up
- There are creams and lotions for acne available from your local Pharmacy. Try milder products first, because stronger products can also give your skin a bad reaction
- Make up, particularly foundation, can block your pores and lead to acne. Go for products that are labelled 'non comedogenic'
- Some hair products, like gels, mousse, wax and hairspray, can lead to break outs around your hairline
If you find that your acne is really dragging you down and isn't getting any better, then make an appointment to see your doctor. There are a number of acne treatments that you can get, but you will need to use them with a doctor's supervision.
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