Stop It Don't Pop It!

04/25/2013 12:03

Growing up in a society where image is everything causes a domino effect for those suffering with the common adolescent skin condition of acne. The physical appearance of pimples and scars are only the "surface" consequences of acne - it also causes damage to self-esteem and diminishes confidence. In this day and age of images and statuses being shared on a constant basis, acne sufferers can feel like outsiders looking in on a world filled with "beautiful people." The embarrassment and mental anguish of these young adults has created a huge market for products that get rid of acne. Acne is not just a modern problem, products for acne have been around since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians commonly used sulfur to try to treat acne. Starting in the 1920s benzoyl peroxide was most commonly prescribed for acne treatment. This ingredient is still used in many of the top acne skin care products today.

Why Me???

So what causes acne anyway? There are a number of reasons why acne develops. The obvious reason is because of blockages of skin pores and follicles. Sebum, a naturally occurring oil, and dead skin cells form a blockage in skin glands and a pimple forms. During puberty hormonal changes the body to increase production of sebum. This would be why most forms of acne lessen in severity or disappear once you reach your 20s. Other reasons for developing acne can be tied to genetics, psychological factors, diet, and even infectious strains of bacteria. The best way to combat acne effectively is to deal with these factors combined with a skin product for acne.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Since acne is often caused by an inflammatory response of the body, get to the source of the inflammation to stop it. So what products are best for acne inflammation reduction? - surprisingly, a number of things that aren't even "products." Cortisol, the bodies' natural response to stress, causes excess sebum production which results in acne. Best "products" for reducing stress - take an exercise class, do yoga, listen to music, nap, etc. More acne solution products may be found in your refrigerator and pantry. Avoiding foods that cause spikes in blood sugar levels after eating - high glycemic index foods - is key to stopping acne. When blood sugar spikes it triggers stress, causes inflammation by increasing hormone levels, and in turn, acne. Best solution for this is to eat low glycemic index foods like asparagus, broccoli, or celery. Some of the foods to avoid are processed foods, hamburgers, animal fats, and soda. Combine these solutions with an effective acne cream or facial wash and you can stop popping pimples and get back to posting statuses - zit-free.