Over 85 percent of adolescents and teenagers suffer from acne problems. But this doesn’t mean you are safe from acne once you reach adulthood. Research estimates that approximately 25 percent and 50 percent of adult men and women, respectively, suffer from acne problems as well.
Acne is generally grouped into two types: pimples, which develop when the skin surrounding a ruptured pore gets infected; and blackheads or whiteheads, which occur when the skin follicles get clogged up either by dead skin cells or sebum. In most cases, acne is often easily treated by applying skin medications that contain benzoyl peroxide. In the worst cases, however, the dermatologist may be the best person to tell you how to get rid of pimples and how to get rid of blackheads or whiteheads. Here are some tips.
First, you need to keep your face clean always. Bacteria that cause acne thrives in dirt and pollutants on the face. So when your face is infected with acne, avoid the urge of touching it as this can only worsen the infection by spreading bacteria from your hand to your face. Also, it is advisable to wash your face every day, or even as many times as you go out in a day. Dirt and other bacteria tend to collect on the face when you are exposed to the elements. So do yourself a favor by washing the dirt off every chance you get using any over-the-counter cleanser. For sensitive skin, however, choose one that is specially formulated without harsh ingredients or fragrances.
You should also be careful with the acne treatment products that you put on your face. Studies say that products such as creams, facial washes or facial lotions that contain benzoyl peroxide are still the most effective when it comes to declogging the pores of dirt, sebum and other contaminants that cause pimples and whiteheads or blackheads, specifically in those cases that are mild to moderate. Apply a product with 205 to 5 percent of benzoyl peroxide at least once or at most twice a day. Your pimples or whiteheads and blackheads should clear up in four to six weeks. If they don’t, use a product with a higher concentration of benzoyl peroxide.
Finally, in severe cases, you may want to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about prescribing antibiotics to kill the acne-causing bacteria.
Frank Catamon has suffered from severe acne in the past and have had operations because of his acne scars. When he was a teenager there was, in his opinion, too little information about acne and pimples. Therefore, he writes articles about acne and pimples and how to get rid of them.