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Acne the Basics-The What, Why, & How









Did you ever wake up and look in the mirror to find a pimple on your face. It’s a shock that is very discouraging. A blemish causes feeling of self-consciousness, doubt and frustration.  So what happened between the night before when you went to bed that all of a sudden causes a pimple to appear in the morning?



    Several different things can cause acne. For some people they get a few pimples and in a couple weeks they clear up but for others their face, back, chest and arms are covered with these pustules.  Most pimples occur due to dirt, sweat or grime that has built up in the pores. When this occurs the follicles become blocked and oxygen cannot get through the pores. So you may be wondering where this dirt comes from? Well, most of it is naturally occurring throughout ones day. If you touch your face and your hands are dirty, or you sweat or you’re around a lot of smoke. If you don’t drink enough water. Still pimples can occur when during adolescence when the body is going through hormonal changes.

    Adolescent acne is the most common form of acne, vulgaris. In most cases acne occurs on the face, but can also occur on the arms, chest and back, which is actually called keratosis. They are usually bigger in size, and last longer than regular acne. Although teenage years are the most common time that acne occurs, for some it can start during adulthood, or last throughout adolescence and continue throughout adulthood. Unfortunately there is no way to know when acne is going to occur or how often it will occur.



    The thing to remember when acne occurs is that you shouldn’t be embarrassed or self-conscious. Almost everyone has acne at least once in their life. The best thing to do is always remember to wash your face, neck and body before you go to bed and when you wake up. Washing your face and hands throughout the day is also a good way to remove dirt and grime. Avoid touching your face because it can transfer dirt from you hands to your face. Keep your pores open and hydrated. There are thousands of products out there to help with acne. Use the one that works best for you. Remember it usually takes about two weeks to start noticing a change in your skin when using an over the counter product. When using cover-ups, or instant zit creams remember to continue washing and cleaning your face.