Understanding acne and the different types of acne people suffer from can help in determining what methods of acne control should be attempted, without risk of worsening the condition, or possibly causing permanent damage to the skin. The medical community has had no luck in pinpointing the exact cause of acne and a single effective method for acne control, but the source of acne has been discovered to be the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands release an oil that turns into a firm white matter known as sebum. This sebum moves to the entrance of the hair follicles and bursts through the surface of the skin. Acne and blackheads are often the result of sebum on the skin.
Acne can be severe or mild, and often requires very different methods of acne control. The less severe form of acne is known as non-inflammatory acne, where an individual experiences an occasional pimple or blackhead without excessive breakouts. Inflammatory acne affects almost everyone at some point, usually during his or her teen years. The only time non-inflammatory acne can be bothersome is if a person squeezes and picks at his or her acne, which could lead to infection and possible scarring.
A more severe and often unsightly form of acne is inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne can make an individual quite self-conscious and always looking for the latest form of acne control. Inflammatory acne is characterized by plenty of pimples and pocks on the face as well as other parts of the body including the back, neck, chest and even groin. This type of acne can be quite uncomfortable and ultimately cause scarring. When all types of over the counter acne control products have been tried, most people with inflammatory acne must use prescription medication and even surgery in order to obtain acne control.
Anyone who suffers from acne can try a number of different ways to control acne and prevent it from returning. Although a connection between diet and acne has not been able to be established, some people have had success in acne control by changing their diet. By reducing the amount of fatty foods and sugar that is consumed, acne may thin out. The introduction of natural fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains into a person’s daily diet can aid in acne control, as well as assist in the healing of skin tissue that has been damaged by acne.
In addition to changing the kind of food that is consumed to try and control acne, the introduction of specific vitamins can also help in improving the skin’s condition. Adding Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B with extra B6 and Vitamin E have been shown to help with acne conditions. Certain herbs in tea have been used in attempts to control acne like Echinacea, Dandelion Root, Nettles and Burdock.
Certain personal hygiene behaviors can contribute to how severe acne can become, and the kind of damage that can occur. In order to control existing acne, avoid touching the skin where the acne is, as hands can transfer additional oil and bacteria on to the face and make the condition worse. Hair can cause additional sweat and oils to be released on to the face, so pulling hair off of the face can help to avoid worsening any acne condition. Do not use soaps or lotions that have any kind of oil base. Water-based creams and make up are often gentle enough for skin with acne.
Treating acne will most likely never eliminate the condition. Treatment is only successful when trying to control acne. If acne begins to clear with a particular treatment, it is important to continue with that treatment because the acne will return without the treatment. If all personalized attempts to control acne fail, a dermatologist is likely to be able to offer a number of treatment options with some success.