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You get up in the morning with a lot of excitement thinking that you have an important meeting tonight. In all that excitement when you check out yourself all that you observe is a big pimple on your cheek. You have an important presentation at the workstation today & the pimple has not gone yet. How many of us might have faced similar such situation & how bothersome it might have been every time.
Going any further with embarrassment let us understand what Acne is all about, what leads to the formation of it, what could be its possible treatment? According to the study –
Acne –
Acne is medically known as Acne Vulgaris .Other alternative names include- Pimples, Zits etc. It is a skin problem that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It occurs when glands in the skin produce and secrete too much of the skin’s natural oil, called sebum. Sebum clogs pores in the skin, resulting in a pimple — or, worse, several pimples. Bacteria in the sebum can cause inflammation and worsen the acne.
It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life – the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females. A pimple or acne breakout can pop up anywhere, but usually strikes the face. Other common areas for acne breakouts include the neck, shoulders, chest, and back.
Acne is a very common problem — actually; it’s the most common skin condition!
Acne is not dangerous, but can leave scars!
Causes –
• Acne occurs when tiny holes on the surface of the skin becomes clogged. These holes are called pores.
• Each pore opens to a follicle. A follicle contains a hair & an oil gland.
• When glands produce too much oil, the pores can become blocked.
• Dirt, bacteria & inflammatory cells build up.
Types of Acne Pimples –
 Whiteheads – remain under the skin and are very small
 Blackheads – clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin. Remember that a blackhead is not caused by dirt. Scrubbing your face vigorously when you see blackheads will not help
 Papules – visible on the surface of the skin. They are small bumps, usually pink
 Pustules – clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus at the top
 Nobules – clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid pimples. They are painful and are embedded deep in the skin
 Cysts – clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful, and are filled with pus. Cysts can easily cause scars.

Remedial steps which can help –
• Wash your face about twice each day. Do not wash it more often. Use a mild soap made especially for people with acne, and warm water. Do not scrub the skin.
• Don’t try to burst the pimples. You may push the infection further down, causing more blocking and worse swelling and redness.
• Try to refrain from touching your face with your hands.
• Keep your hands clean, wash them regularly
• Your skin needs to breathe so don’t apply too many cosmetics.
• Don’t go to sleep with makeup on.
• Keep your hair clean and away from your face
• Too much sun and exposure to pollution can leave bad marks after acne, so protect exposed areas of your body with sunscreen and scarf.
• If you shave your face, do it carefully.

Dear friends, Acne is one the most common skin conditions & nearly 80% of people will suffer with it at some point in their lives. Despite this, there are still many common misconceptions about it. Until these myths are dispelled, we have a long way to go in providing people the support they need.
An acne sufferer is often told that they are dirty or their diet is poor etc. We need to learn more about it. Whenever you feel that the acne is getting worse, it is leaving a scar, medicines or home remedies are not working or it is causing a lot of emotional stress, do consult a dermatologist for your betterment.
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