We all remember the horrors of our teenage years and the one thing we all feared – acne! Waking up in the morning to see that horrible tell-tale mark on your face was always terror of the highest order! Yet, it’s not only youngsters who can suffer from acne, and as we shall see in a moment, there are a variety of different causes of acne, too. There are many myths about acne – for example, you should never ‘pop’ it as this makes it worse- and there are also many things you can do to help alleviate outbreaks.
Making sure you wash your hands and face regularly is something that you will do anyway, but when it comes to dealing with acne it is an essential part of your daily routine. The skin is a very sensitive area of the body and can react to foreign bodies – dirt, grime and dust even – quite violently, and sometimes the result can be the dreaded acne. It’s not necessarily the case that regular washing will entirely prevent an acne breakout, but it certainly helps.
Let’s have a look at some of the other causes of acne, and what can be done about it.
What Causes Acne?
There are natural causes of acne, and those that we bring about ourselves. Sweating, or example, will exaggerate acne, and this is often overlooked. Sweat may be natural but it does aggravate the skin, so you need to make sure you wash if you have been sweating more than normal – perhaps after a workout or rigorous work – so that you can help protect against this problem. Allergies can also cause acne breakouts, although this is more well-known, and should be contained or prevented if you don’t want to suffer as such.
Other things that cause acne breakouts include tanning; you may want to look beautiful but in fact tanning – both naturally from the sun and from sunbed usage – is not great for the skin, and can cause it to break out in acne very easily. Also, you should be careful what skin products you use as you may use some that, unknown to you, contain ingredients that do not agree with your particular skin. If you can, use only natural products. These are just a few examples and there are some more causes here that may surprise you.
What to Do About Acne
Of course, you will do all you can to prevent acne outbreaks as you want your skin to be healthy and beautiful, but what can you do if you happen to suffer from acne? There are products on the market that are very good, although we recommend that before you embark on a course of acne treatment you speak to a qualified and experienced dermatologist.
They will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take, and may have other advice you may be interested in with regard to how to keep your skin healthy, fresh and acne free at all times.