Acne is an inflammation of the skin that affects the hair follicles.
“It appears when these pores are blocked, whether by the oil produced by the skin or by elements in the environment,” explains the specialist Jeimy Samanda Celis.
Although acne may appear at any moment in life, even in babies, it commonly appears during adolescence, earlier in women (between the ages of 10 and 12) than in men (around age 13). However, aside from the change in hormones that takes place during adolescence, among women there are other associated factors that may unleash acne, such as pregnancy and the use of contraceptive methods.
Just as there are different types and causes for acne, its treatment varies. In fact, not all types are treated medically; “only in cases where the treating doctor so decides, as it depends on the type of lesion, its severity, and each patient’s characteristics,” explains Dr. Celis. In other cases, it is possible to tackle and prevent it with simple actions and hygiene habits.
Keep in mind:
Wash your face with soap every day.
Many people do not wash their face with soap, as they mistakenly believe that soap is bad for the skin, especially because they tend to think of corrosive soap such as the one used many years ago. However, there are all sorts of delicate soaps for the skin, special for oily skin or for acne, and some include special pharmacological elements added for different actions.
Be careful with exfoliation.
Those who exfoliate their face frequently have a higher possibility of suffering from acne due to the constant friction on the skin. It is advisable not to do it more than twice a week. In general, try not to use abrasives.
Say no to oily products.
Those who are most prone to suffering from acne have an oily skin type. Therefore, they need to seek the way to keep their skin as clean and dry as possible in order to prevent to appearance of bacteria. Oils, creams, ointments, or greasy products are the enemies of those who suffer from acne.
Try not to pick your skin, as this is a very aggressive action that may leave scars that are very hard to erase. The specialist recommends: “if the lesion does not require medical treatment, and if it is minimal lesions, such as blackheads or whiteheads, it is best to be patient and let the skin eliminate the excess impurities on its own.”