Going Skin Deep With Acne

You've probably been told that acne is one skin condition that is so difficult to treat. The moderate-to-severe forms of acne often leave scars that just would not go away. It can be humiliating to the point that some of you must have wished you could get some kind of plastic surgery to remove them right away.

Causes of Acnes
Millions of people, most of them teenagers, have to suffer from acne. It appears that hormonal changes directly affect its development. Due to a surge in hormonal activity, the body has to produce more oil or sebum that clogs the pores. Additionally, because of the excess sebum, the environment becomes more welcoming to the resident bacteria, P. acnes, giving them more reasons to thrive and proliferate. With more bacteria, not just sebum, clogging the pores, the pores become inflamed or swollen. In worse cases, they can turn into acne cysts, which are not only hideous in appearance but also very painful.

Controlling Acnes
Fortunately, while acne is difficult to treat, it can be controlled, and going under the care of a dermatologist or skin care expert is strongly advised. You must have come across numerous products on the internet today, claiming to virtually erase acne scars, but without the proper guidance, you are not very likely to see the results that you expect.

A great number of skin products work on the skin surface only, not beyond the depths of the skin. These products then only provide temporary relief and nothing more. It is not to say that you shouldn't trust such products at all; in fact they still can prove to be of great help in dealing with the scars left by acne. But you shouldn't just concern yourself with the scars, but also the sebum and the bacteria that are still alive and waiting for the perfect opportunity to cause another outbreak.

Seeking doctor's consultation opens up your eyes to several other possibilities you can control acne besides acne creams. Your specialist is likely to prescribe oral antibiotics to kill the stubborn P. acnes bacteria, and may suggest laser treatments, too.

Because of the inflammation, your doctor may also put you on corticosteroids. As a bonus, he or she may also launch into a litany of dos and don'ts for acne-prone skin, something that you'll definitely be thankful for in the end.

Acne is not necessarily life threatening but it can destroy your self confidence, and it requires medical treatment nonetheless.

 


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