Yep. The title of this blog post is just ‘Acne Solution!’. Not some snazzy title or a clever play-on-words. Because whatever you do, you just can’t glamorise it.

Acne. It’s unsightly. It’s upsetting. It’s disheartening. Yet it affects between 80% and 90% of teenagers. Let’s know a bit about acne and acne solution.

So what exactly is acne?

Acne occurs when hair follicles get clogged up with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. It causes oily skin, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and associated scarring. It usually affects the face, chest and back.

Due to the issues it causes, it can create adverse mental health side effects too such as anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

What causes acne?

There are definitely some myths out there – see a bit later for that part!

From medical research, it seems that the most likely causes are:

• Genetics
• Hormones
• Infections
• Diet
• Stress

Acne solution

As I always advise, it’s best to consult your GP or, in this case, a qualified dermatologist. Most treatments for acne would be one or a combination of:

• Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) – a medication (also used as an industrial chemical) which kills acne by oxidising its proteins
• Azelaic acid – antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
• Salicyclic acid – opens obstructed pores
• Retinoids – to reduce inflammation
• Antibiotics
• Other medications (antihistamines or hormone medication)

The myths

So what exactly is the fake news? What are the counterfeit causes and the fake fixes?!

Eating chocolate and drinking fizzy drinks cause acne
Nope – this one just isn’t true.

Moisturisers cause acne
Applying a lightweight moisturiser every day that won’t clog your pores is absolutely fine!

Should I reduce milk intake?
Years ago it was thought a reduction in the intake of milk would improve acne. This has since proved not to be the case so drink milkshakes and eat Angel Delight people!!

Should I not wear make-up?
Products which are nonacnegenic or noncomedogenic shouldn’t cause breakouts. Some concealers even have built-in medications now specifically to target acne.

Should I wash my face more?
Yes, OK, washing your face can remove dirt build-up but actually washing your face too much can result in dryness and irritation which is not a good acne solution. Instead, it can cause more problems.

Acne is a long term skin condition. It can be hard to deal with as it can last weeks, months or, in some cases, years. But it is treatable. It will go. Just remember that a lot of people suffer with acne and there are great health professionals out there who can help and point you in the direction of a cure. So, don’t let yourself feel down if you have acne because acne solution is available and affordable nowadays.

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