Almost every teen
at some point or another has to deal with acne, pimples, zits, etc.
Acne affects about 80% of all Americans between ages 12 to 44. More
than 20 million teenagers suffer from acne. With a zillion over-the-counter
remedies it can be difficult to determine what's best for you.
When many teens look in the mirror the first thing they see is the
zit on their nose. Fortunately, the zit on your nose is not the
first thing most other people see when looking at you. Also, before
judging someone on the bases of their acne, remember... Although proper
skin care is important when treating acne, acne is more a result
of overactive oil glands than uncleanliness. Many women have premenstrual
acne flare-ups caused by the release of hormones after ovulation.
How acne works
The oil glands in your skin (also called sebaceous glands) normally
produce a fatty oil known as sebum, to lubricate your hair and skin.
When hormone levels rise, as they do during puberty and just before
menstruation, the oil glands secrete more sebum. This sebum empties
into your pores and leaks out over the surrounding skin, causing
the surface of your skin to become oily. Pores can become clogged
by sebum. If the clogged pores have no opening to the surrounding
air, they will form a whitehead. If the clogged pores are exposed
to the surrounding air, then the sebum and skin pigments are oxidized
and turn black producing a blackhead.
If the blackhead isn't removed more sebum
builds up in the gland's duct. Bacteria infect this area causing
your immune system to fight back. White blood cells attack the bacteria.
The resulting casualties, including dead bacteria and dead white
blood cells, begin to collect in the form of puss. As the volume
of puss increases, it exerts pressure on the surrounding skin causing
a pimple to bulge from the surface of the skin. In a serious case,
this pimple can progress to form a thick lump beneath the surface
of your skin, called a cyst, which can result in scarring.
Factors that may contribute to acne
- Oily skin
- Hormonal imbalance as in puberty or just
before your menstrual period
- Allergies such as those to hormones found
in dairy products
- Certain drugs such as steroids, cortisone,
lithium, birth control pills and some drugs used to treat epilepsy
- Diets high in saturated fats and hydrogenated
- Industrial pollutants such as car oil
- Hot humid weather
- Salt Water: Wash with fresh water immediately
after taking a dip in the sea.
Stopping the zits
- Clean the face with soap 2 times a day,
washing with hot water and rinsing with cold water, to close up
the pores upon rinsing. Avoid vigorous scrubbing which can overstimulate
the glands in your skin.
- Clean your hair daily to keep the oil from
brushing onto your face
- Keep things away from your face: pull your
hair back, don't rest the telephone on your cheek, anything
that rubs your face can give you pimples.
- Shower 1 to 2 times a day, using antibacterial
and abrasive soap and use a back brush or rough cloth to scrub
your back, shoulders, and neck
- Girls should use a non-oily water-based or
medicated makeup. If you really want to get hard core, wash your
makeup brushes and sponges by dipping and swishing them in alcohol
- Use a comedo extractor only to remove blackheads
available from surgical supply stores or possibly from drugstores
- Do not pick at, pop or squeeze your pimples!
This can cause the puss in your pimples to be shot deeper into
your facial tissue, possibly causing a nasty infection and scarring.
- Guys, don't use a electric razor to shave.
Only blades will do.
- 15 minutes of sunshine a day can help dry
those suckers up. Baking in the sun for long periods of time is
not recommended as it could lead to skin cancer.
- If your acne is severe, and doesn't respond
to over-the-counter treatments or the above guidelines, then consult
No foods have been proven scientifically to cause acne. However,
most nutritionists will agree with the following:
- Eat a high fiber diet to clean the colon
- Raw almonds, beets and cashews help clear
and heal the skin
- Fruit contains nutrition and water to help
- Shellfish, soybeans, whole grains, sunflower
seeds and a small amount of raw nuts will supply the zinc you
need to destroy bacteria
- At least 8 glasses of water per day will
flush toxins from your body
- Steer clear of alcohol and limit butter,
caffeine, cheese, fat, chocolate, fried foods, soft drinks, etc.
- In other words eat healthy!
- Low-fat yogurt will supply you with the normal
intestinal bacteria you need for efficient digestion.
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