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How to Solve Acne

by Camille Nesler
  • Overview

    Acne is a disorder in the pores of the skin. It causes inflammation, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads and most often affects the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Acne can range in severity from mild to extreme and in some cases can cause scaring. Although the disease is not restricted to any age group, it most often strikes teenagers and young adults.
  • Topical treatments

  • Step 1

    Topical treatments are one of the most common treatments used to solve acne. These creams, ointments, or lotions are applied directly to the skin and are available both over-the-counter or with a prescription. Some of the top recommended topical treatments include ProNexin, Acnepril and Orvo Acne as well as many others.
  • Step 2

    Some common treatments for mild to moderate acne, such as peroxide, can be found in the home. It works by killing the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. Peroxide also helps to unclog pores and reduce inflammation. More and more people are also turning to herbal suppliements to treat health conditions such as acne. Chromium picolinate has been shown to help reduce skin infections, while flax seed oil can help repair damage already caused to skin cells.
  • Step 3

    For more severe cases of acne,a dermatologist may recommend an oral medication. A variety of prescription medications are on the market today. They work by treating different factors that lead to acne, such as inflamed cysts in the skin.
  • Step 4

    Diets high in saturated fat have long been associated with acne. Many dermatologists recommend avoiding foods high in saturated fat, as well as red meat and packaged snacks such as chips and cookies. Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis is another important factor because it helps to flush bacteria out of the body. Research has also shown that carbohydrates with a high glycemic index may influence the development of acne, as they causes glucose and insulin levels to rise.
  • Step 5

    The most important step in solving acne is to maintain good personal hygiene. Individuals with oily skin are more prone to the disorder. Washing regularly and using products free from perfumes and dyes can help to reduce breakouts.
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