Acne: its causes and cure

ImageAcne is one of the major issues plaguing every teenager’s mind. Dealing with acne leads to low self esteem and makes adolescent kids extra conscious about their appearance. It is a very common skin disease effecting teenagers and adults equally and there are various factors that trigger its breakout :

Over production of sebum: Sebum is an oily substance secreted by sebaceous glands which clogs the pores of the skin. Bacteria and germs thrive in these conditions and causes inflammation on the skin which in turn leads to acne.

Hormonal imbalance: Hormonal imbalance plays a major role in adult acne. Females suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome experience severe acne due to the imbalance.

Stress: Though stress is not the root cause of acne, it definitely accentuates the problem. When an individual is under stress, the body produces stress hormones which cause lots of physiological changes, acne being one of prime effects.

Diet: Acne worsens due to imbalanced diet. Consumption of too much fast food, which is a rage among teenagers, and other oily stuff, increases production of oil and leads to pimples and acne.

Home remedies usually come as the first preference but the kind of anti acne treatment depends on the magnitude of the issue. With unprecedented progress in medical science, various anti acne solutions have been devised and they have proved to be effective over a period of time. Oral medication, hormonal treatment for females, creams and ointments, chemical peels or laser therapies are the most popular ones.

Mandelic acid and salicylic acid: effective anti acne tools

Mandelic and salicylic acid based creams are something that has proved to be a powerful tool in battling acne and is also well recommended by dermatologists the world over. Mandelic acid, a bitter almond extract, has natural antibacterial properties and absorbs the excess oil. It is a complete skincare solution which not only treats severe acne but is also effective on blemishes, hyper pigmentation and wrinkles. Complementing the same is salicylic acid which is particularly effective against whiteheads and blackheads and decreases the shedding of cells around hair follicles. It also reduces inflammation and unplugs blocked skin pores causing the pimples to shrink.

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