Introduction and background
So, you’ve got pimples or Zits?
You’re not alone. Almost all teens get them at one time or another. It’s called acne. Whether your case is mild or severe, there are things you can do to keep it under control. In fact, due to certain great achievements in the field of natural sciences, you can cure acne 100%. Read on to find out how.
What causes acne?
During puberty, your skin gets oilier and you sweat more. This can cause pimples. There are many myths about what causes acne, but there are really only 3 main causes.
1. Hormones. You get more of them during puberty. Certain hormones, called androgens, trigger the oil glands on the face, back, and upper chest to begin producing oil. This can cause acne in some people.
2. Heredity. Acne can run in families. If your mom or dad had acne as a teen, there may be a chance that you’ll get it too.
3. Plugged oil ducts. Small whiteheads or blackheads can form when the oil ducts in your skin get plugged. They can turn into the hard and bumpy pimples of acne.
What doesn’t cause acne?
Don’t let people tell you it’s your fault. It’s not. Acne is not caused by
• Food. Even though soft drinks, chocolate, and greasy foods aren’t really good for you, they don’t cause acne.
• Dirt. That black stuff in a blackhead is not dirt. A chemical reaction in the oil duct turns it black. No matter how much
you wash your face, you can still get acne.
• Contact with people. You can’t catch acne from or give acne to another person.
• Your thoughts. Thinking about sex won’t cause acne.
Don’t make it worse
You might think it helps, but don’t
• Pop or pinch your zits. All this does is break open the lining of the oil ducts and make them more red and swollen. This can also cause scars.
• Scrub your skin too hard—it irritates the skin. Other things that can irritate the skin are headbands, hats, and chin straps.
• Use greasy makeup or oily hair products. These can block oil ducts and make acne worse.
• Get stressed out. Sometimes stress and anxiety can cause pimples. Try to keep your stress down by getting enough sleep and having time to relax.
Other things that can make acne worse
• Medicines. If you have to take a prescription medicine, ask your pediatrician if it can cause pimples.
• Changes in hormones. Some girls get more pimples before and during their periods. This is caused by changes in the levels
Acne and birth control pills: Birth control pills can be useful for treating young women with acne. However, taking birth control pills and other medicines may make both less effective. If you are on the Pill, talk with your pediatrician about how it might affect your acne.
No matter what treatment you use, remember
• Be patient. Give each treatment enough time to work. It may take 3 to 6 weeks or longer before you see a change.
• Be faithful. Follow your program every day. Don’t stop and start each time your skin changes.
• Follow directions. Not using it correctly is the most common reason why treatments fail.
• Only use your medicine. Doctors prescribe medicine specifically for particular patients. What’s good for a friend may not be
good for you.
• Don’t overdo it. Too much scrubbing makes skin worse. Too much benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoid creams can make your face red and scaly. Too much oral antibiotic may cause side effects.
• Don’t worry about what other people think. It’s no fun having acne, and some people may say hurtful things about it. Try not to let it bother you. Remember, most teens get some acne at some point. Also remember that it’s only temporary, and there are a lot of treatment options to keep it under control.
Fortunately, with the advent of advancements in herbal and natural therapy alternatives, it is now possible to care, control or even cure acne and get rid off it safely, economically and forever. All you need to do is carefully consider and select your alternatives and make a decision after doing proper and thorough research and consideration. All the best in your combat against acne.