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How to get rid of Acne

Posted on : 08.21.2015 Updated on : 12.26.2017
Get Rid of Acne

What is Acne?

Acne, pimples or zits basically occurs when pores become clogged. Each pore opens to a follicle containing a hair and an oil gland. Normally, the oil is released by the gland helps protect the skin. But when these glands produce too much oil, the pores can become blocked; dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells build up, causing a pimple. The blocked follicle encourages colonisation by the bacteria P. acnes, which in turn initiates an immune response producing inflammation. The blockage is called a plug or comedone.

How to get rid of pimples

Picking and squeezing pimples should be avoided, as this may result in scarring.

Think of treating acne as a marathon, not a sprint. Realistically, it takes 4 to 8 weeks to start seeing the benefits of treatment and up to 6 to 8 months overall.

As such there is no cure for acne, and acne needs to be allowed to run its course. When treatment is started the comedones will be at different points of development, so some will appear to resolve faster than others.

You may ask, what is the best product for acne then? Well, most treatments work by killing bacteria, drying up skin oils, or causing the top layer of your skin to peel. A good acne product is the Azclear Action range, which is a good treatment range that is strong on acne yet gentle on the skin. The range includes a foaming wash and medicated lotion. Along with the Azclear Action range, also consider a good cleansing and moisturising maintenance regimen, such as the QV Face range.

Here are some acne do’s and don’ts

  1. DON’T pick, don’t poke and don’t squeeze your pimples, this will only spread and deepen the inflammation and may cause scarring. Picking and squeezing pimples is a mistake that many people make that can make a bad situation worse.
  2. DON’T use heavy moisturisers as they may clog up the pores. If your skin becomes dry, use a light moisturiser. If you wear make-up, apply it sparingly and make sure you remove all traces of it before you go to bed.
  3. DO try to maintain a healthy, well balanced diet. Although diet has not been shown to cause acne, a healthy diet leads to healthy skin, try to avoid greasy foods such as chips and other fried foods. Instead, try wholegrain breads and pastas, fresh fruit, vegetables and salads.
  4. DO try to avoid stress; it can aggravate acne.
  5. DO try to get some exercise as well as plenty of sleep.

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Helen Wright asked

I have recently had an actinic keratosis removed and am now desperately want to get my skin protection right…any advice please?

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Nancy Larson asked

Should I apply my barrier cream before I use my regular moisturizer?

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Sandy asked

I agree, I’ve used Ego Skincream for around 30 years and am missing it!

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