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Acne can be embarrassing and painful—those  large red spots and lumps under your skin can hurt and take away your self confidence.  There are a lot of acne products on the market.  They come in a variety of forms and all have some benefits.  But, the best method of treating acne is to ensure that you stick to a regimen of washing your face daily.

Step one – find the right acne product.  There are a lot out there.  Look for a good quality benzoyl peroxide product that doesn’t irritate your skin.

Step two – Wash your face daily, preferably at night. The acne medication you searched high and low for has some powerful ingredients.  However, if you do not wash your face before applying them you are dramatically reducing their effectiveness.  The creams and gels will help your acne, but only if the excess oil is first removed with a cleanser.

One thing to remember – soap can dry your skin, so try to use a specially-formulated cleanser. The best idea is to choose the same manufacturer as the cream or gel your have purchased.

 

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First thing – How do they form?

After an acne lesion has healed, it can leave a red or hyperpigmented mark on the skin. This is actually not a scar, but rather a post-inflammatory change. The redness or hyperpigmentation is seen as the skin goes through its healing and remodeling process, which takes approximately 6-12 months. If no more acne lesions develop in that area, the skin can heal normally.  Any color change or skin defect still present after 1 year is considered to be a permanent defect or scar.

Second thing – Treatment

The post-inflammatory changes caused by acne are part of the skin’s natural healing process. There are certain practices and medications that can help facilitate this healing process.  Unprotected exposure to the sun causes more skin damage and delays healing, therefore wearing a good sunscreen is important. Using a retinol based product speeds up the skin’s remodeling process and helps heal post-inflammatory changes. CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser would help.

Third thing – Picking at scabs should be avoided at all costs

Scabs form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible.

Have you ever awakened with a huge pimple on the day before a big event and wondered what you could do to make it disappear?

  1. Apply a cold washcloth to help reduce the inflammation.
  2. Dab CoralActives Penetrating Acne Serum Gel on it, and let the Sea Whip Extract  help reduce the swelling and redness.

Remember to avoid hot compresses!  They will only make the cyst larger and redder.

If you’re tempted to squeeze it yourself, just be aware that if you’re lucky, the pus will come out easily and no harm is done. However, if it isn’t ready to be popped, squeezing it can push the pus deeper, turning it into a large boil and leaving a scab, which can be even harder to hide.

There are many factors which contribute to acne. For example, there are hereditary components which affect the severity of an individual’s acne. Simply put, if you have a parent who has suffered from a severe case of acne, the chances that you will also have severe acne are increased. But there are also dietary and sociological factors that contribute to the development of acne, which if changed or eliminated, may prevent an outbreak of severe acne. Because of the many contributing factors, acne myths have proliferated over the years.

Acne Myth Number 1 – Scrubbing and washing the face often will prevent acne.

While dirt may contribute to the formation of blackheads leading to pimples, many people believe that washing your face three or more times a day, or hard scrubbing of the face and skin can prevent acne. Face washing should be done gently, using a mild facial scrub or exfoliant only twice a day. Frequent washing can actually irritate acne breakouts and it strips the skin of its natural oils. This not only makes the skin dry, but can lead to the sebaceous glands increasing oil production to protect the skin surface. Also, scrubbing can cause inflammations. Gentle cleansing, using the lightest possible touch, is best for all-round skin protection.

Acne Myth Number 2 – Fried food, overeating, and chocolate, causes acne to develop.

Diets heavy in fat do have an effect on the body’s sebaceous glands, but science has shown that moderate consumption of fried foods will not cause acne to get worse. In fact, some oils are necessary for the healthy maintenance of the human body and the “acid mantle” that keeps skin moist and supple. In addition, a seeming connection between certain foods such as chocolate and acne may be due to food allergy rather than to the food itself. The notion that any particular food always causes acne is quite false.

Acne Myth Number 3 – Daily stress will cause breakouts of acne.

Routine, daily stress is not considered to be a cause of acne. Severe stress has been shown to have detrimental effects upon many of the body’s systems but its connection to acne breakouts has not been clearly established. More research is needed in this area before anything conclusive can be formulated. One caveat, though, stress medications may have a side-effect of contributing to acne, but if so, this should be discussed with a physician as an alternative medication may not have this effect. In general though, stress is a normal part of life and is not regarded as a major contributor to acne.