Friday, May 18, 2007

Acne I

Acne may be the scourge of the adolescent years, but it can follow some people into middle age and beyond. Acne is really a catchall term for a variety of symptoms such as pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. It is a condition where the pores of the skin become clogged and the person gets inflamed and noninflamed lesions.

What causes acne? Heredity - at least for the most part. It tends to run in the family. Stress, sun exposure, seasonal changes and climate can precipitate and acne attack.

Acne is classified in four grades, the first being a mild bout with a few whiteheads and blackheads, The fourth and most serious grade consists of many whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, nodules and cysts. Grade four acne is often accompanied by severe inflammation that becomes red or purple. And it is a sign that you should see a dermatologist. Severe acne can result in permanent scarring if it is not treated properly.

Here are some blemish-free advices.

Change your makeup
In adult, makeup is the major factor in acne outbreaks. Oil based makeup is the problem. The oil is usually a derivative of fatty acids that are more potent than your own fatty acids. Use a non oil based makeup if you are prone to acne.

Read the labels
Cosmetic products that contain lanolins, isopropyl myristate, sodium lauryl sulfate, laureth-4 and D & C red dyes should be avoided. Like oil, these ingredients are too rich for the skin.

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