Acne Information

Acne Information : Facts, Prevention and Treatment

Acne is common skin condition marked by plugged pores. It can be in the form of inflamed pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or deeper lumps. Acne is generally present on skin of face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. This is condition, seen in teenagers but some people get it even up to 40 years of age.

The important fact about acne is it can not be cured rather it can be treated to keep its pustules at bay. If not treated properly, acne can lead to scarring.

Formation of Acne:

 Testosterone is the hormone which is responsible for the formation of acne. It is present in both males and females. Cycle of acne formation begins when at the time of puberty, production of this hormone increases. Then in the next step, it gets transformed into dihydrotesterone by the skin. This substance stimulates the sebaceous glands, present in the skin which produces sebum in more quantity. This sebum produced, prevents the dead skin cells from shedding and these dead cells make a cluster in the pore which makes it enlarged and plugged.

Formation of acne is regarded as skin defect in clinical term and is regarded as retention hyperkeratosis. In this disorder, skin cells are produced with faster speed than normal but dead skin cells are not shed in that speed. It is a reason behind sticking of dead skin cells and hence plugging of skin cells. Then along with dead cells and sebum, other things like bacteria and debris also get trapped in the pore. It leads to acne lesions and blemishes.

 Type of Acne:

Acne can appear in several forms. Teenage acne can be whitehead or closed comedones, blackheads or open comedones and pimples. If acne appears before the puberty age or before first period, it is called pre-pubertal acne. Cystic acne is the severe, deep, pus-filled acne. Cystic acne is more prevalent in males. Acne developing later in life due to several other reasons related to change in hormones like childbirth, menopause or stopping of pills. This type of acne is known as adult acne.

Acne can be inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Blackheads and whiteheads are non-inflammatory acnes. Dead cells can not escape the from skin surface as it is the clogged acne. Blackhead is the next step from whitehead. When whitehead gets opened up due to pressure of mass of dead cells and debris, it becomes blackhead. It gets black color due to the oxidation of oil and melanin of dead cells.

Red pimples, you often see, are a form of inflamed acne. When whitehead is not able to change into blackhead, it expels plug and causes inflammation. Wall of pores gets cracked and redness, swelling and pain occur. It is a very harassing situation.

How can acne be prevented?

You can keep acne at bay by following some simple measures. First wash your face twice a day religiously with a mild soap or cleanser, to avoid buildup of acne.

If you have acne, do not rub your skin harshly as it irritates acne. Whatever cosmetic, you apply on your face should be oil-free. Keep your hair also clean and do not pick or squeeze acne.

Some Facts about acne:

Acne can appear on dry skin also contrary to misconception that acne appears on oily skin only. You just cannot cure acne rather you can treat them to control breakouts. Sunrays cannot treat acne rather it will increase oil production and aggravating the acne. You have to take care of your skin properly and take adequate diet and try to avoid those foods which can cause acne. Do not touch acne as it will increase infection.

Acne Treatment:

Medical treatment of acne is needed only in severe cases of stubborn acne. In most of the cases, it can be treated with natural therapy and right skin care. Natural treatment involves use of homemade remedies which are safe and very effective.

The main aim of acne drug is to kill acne bacteria on the skin surface and hair follicles. It removed blackheads and open hair follicles. It soothes the acne inflammation. Most of the drugs have one active compound like Benzoyl Peroxide and a medium in which these compounds are dissolved. They are available in the form of gel or lotion.

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#1 - Carra - 02/15/2009 - 13:46
Ok well i have had really bad acne since i guess about a year and a half i finnally decided to go to a derm.And for a while the stuff they gave me worked but now all of a sudden i have been breaking out and i have a really bumpy forehead and now i just dont know what to do. >-(
#2 - Taylor - 04/07/2009 - 21:11
B-);-) what you gotta do is mix maple surup with loose tea, coffee beans, and parsly. that always works for me! it really works better than proactive or any of that stuff. home remedys are truly amazing!!:-D
#3 - Jennifer - 04/19/2009 - 14:48
Just use vitamin A. Vitamin A kills infections. Break open the gel pill and put it right on your face. Your face will clear up quickly and your skin will be smooth and healthy looking.
#4 - Susan - 05/24/2009 - 22:02
i really had a big problem on my face, and thats the acne on my face. i used so many beauty product just to smoothen my face. but it so happen, it just add scarce and made me pity of my self. do i still have any solution on it?
#5 - annie lee - 07/20/2009 - 02:07
hey i dont have bad acne but my sis does and she is beautiful but she is afraid to show cause her acne.i think tooth paste is supposed to work but any other options?:-D
#6 - kerah - 08/26/2009 - 23:58
hey pipo will hydroquinon creams help in clearing my acne and blemishes despite the fact tht hydroq is nt safe...pliz help
#7 - rose - 10/26/2009 - 18:01
i dn knw h clr my acne wch appears on my time n agn leaving back da scars
#8 - sharath - 10/29/2009 - 07:01
does anyone have some free advice on getting rid of adult acne properly??
#9 - tiredofit_57 - 11/02/2009 - 09:50
i use a facial steamer/sauna and aveeno clear complexion facial wipes! the steam feels good and it leaves the skin soft,smooth,dewy and minimzies those little annoying red bumps.aveeno is just a great product over all! maybe its the soy? idk.but try it! oh and keep dirty hands away from your face..dont pick,even though its tempting!:-D
#10 - Sunshine - 11/14/2009 - 23:39
Dandruff Shampoo works.. If you have dandfruff then you usually have acne my doctor told me to use dandruff shampoo to wash both my face & hair with it.. Clear up your dandruff and your ance will clear up on its own..
#11 - sunkissed - 11/27/2009 - 14:38
TRY THIS!!white egg + honey as masker twice a week...n its all about consistency n time..
#12 - syidot>>KL - 12/19/2009 - 08:55
bar soap before bed and then wash off in morning:-)
#13 - teehee - 12/29/2009 - 05:25
try tomatoes! it really works!;-)

#14 - mai - 01/02/2010 - 19:57
hydrogen peroxide, its the main ingredient in many face cleansers, it will dry the skin, so don't do it excessively. as well as vitamin A, ( vit a shouldn't be used if your pregnant)
#15 - nat - 01/06/2010 - 13:59
ive had spots for about 5 years and theyre getting worse. i usually break out during my period and it takes about a month for them 2 go away. clearasil ultra worked for a while bt not any more:-( i some times use make up but it makes it worse! none of my friends have skin as bad as mine. i eat healthily and exercise a lot. i dont know what 2 do help!
#16 - ciara - 03/13/2010 - 04:21
i think acne is something i will have to just deal with friends.
#17 - Katie - 03/20/2010 - 17:29
i have acne,
it comes and go's
i use tooth paste not GEL
it makes it worse :-[]
and i use this home remidey
mix homey + cinnamon
leave it on over night and wash off gently in the morning all of my acne is gone and did'nt come back
well not since 2 years anyway
hope i helped
bye majbritt
#18 - majbritt age 12 - 04/14/2010 - 12:25
acne is just something we all have to deal wiht.. well some of us anyway... but the best cure is to leave it alone and dont do anything to try and make it better because things work for a while but then stop. So try not to touch it because it will spread and just give ur skin time to breath. Plus if ur really desprate try home remedies.. thay are safe and some are very effective.. and try not to use chemicals too much cus they can irritate acne and spots.. hope this helps.:-)
#19 - monica - 05/02/2010 - 15:00
i have serious acne scars and a few little bumps. I just recently tried proactive but its to exspensive i need to something to get rid of my scars someone please help!
#20 - nicole - 05/25/2010 - 21:09
i have spots since 4-5 years . i am really tensed about my skin .i don't know what to do . i tried many creams and facewash but it was of no use.
please help me.
#21 - Meghna - 05/26/2010 - 00:33
Mix milk and powdered nutmeg and apply as a mask no less than 15 minutes each time. Do it as often as you can. Acne and spots disappear in no time.
#22 - ceebee - 05/27/2010 - 13:51
This first one isn't a home remedy but it's very cheap (at least cheaper than Proactiv and Neutrogena). Try Clean & Clear Advantage (purple and white container) and or just the regular Clean & Clear daily face wash (in the purple and green container). They work very well when, from time to time, switched for the other because they are not too strong, and do not leave your face dry and irritated. Plus you get that "cool, refreshing tingle" after use.

But for home remedy, it has been said that tomatoes work well. However, you may want to try it on only a small portion of the affected area for a period of time just to see how it works on your skin type.
#23 - illiana - 07/06/2010 - 22:13
I am a 15 year old girl and have had reasonably bad acne for about a year now. Its mainly small bumps on my forehead that dont realy show any white tips. so i went to the doctor and was perscribed with Duacc topical cream and it had worked wonders for me.

Recently it had started to spread to my back ( bacne) and i have done my reaserch and found that vinegar works so well! i apply a fair ammount onto a towl and dab it onto the effected areas. it has a tingly feeling and it may sting a little if the pimples have been irritated and are open. i then wash it off after an hour.

it has been a week since i started this technique and i am soo glad i tried it, you realy have nothing to loose. I have also tried it on my face but i have found the undiluted vinegar is too strong and now i have watered it down for my face and kept it undiluted for my back. My back is now pimple free but has red dots, and a red rah like appearnce from where the pimples were and i apply vitamin e cream twice daily and the improvements are amazing.

This has been the best remedy for my acne and i have tried almost everything. this very cheap cure is worth a try and has cured my acne in a little more than a week

good luck
love Jade
#24 - Jade - 07/10/2010 - 09:27
The first step to treat your skin is to know your Skin type. Any treatment will follow only after that. I have had acne problem since long, but now it has reduced, but not stopped altogether.

Do not touch the Acne at any cost however tempting it is!!
Next wash your face with soap free cleanser atleast twice a day consistently. Wipe off with clean towels very gently, coz rubbing ur face wil aggravate the problem.
Try and keep your hairs dandruff and oil free. this really helps to control that acne.
Try home made remedies to keep face clean. I use a paste of multani mitti, tomato juice and honey atleast twice a week.

I know this is lot of effort, but thats how it is for us guys.
#25 - Rahul - 07/12/2010 - 02:06
try moong(green grain), make the paste of it and apply on the skin every 3rd day. It works
#26 - Riya Menon - 07/12/2010 - 23:57
i use baking soda mix 1tsp of water and baking soda to make a paste then spread on ur face and rub in for a minute then rinse with warm water
#27 - tins - 08/09/2010 - 20:24
i just started this technique where you biol water and mix it with dried sage leaves. let the sage steep in the water, then let it cool. after that apply the sage water to the acnified area a few times a day and it really draws out the infection. y'all should try it!!!
#28 - chris - 09/25/2010 - 19:06
My face used to be as clear as a new born babys, and now it looks like a warted pumpkin! any help?:-[]
#29 - pimly! - 10/27/2010 - 16:51
i use to study cosmetology. my cousin she used to have bad acne problem. i advise her to wash face with noxzema. rinse warm water. then put warm towel on face. u wash face with noxzema again. last u pat ur face with seabreeze to close pores. dont rub. just pat with a cotton ball. dnt use to much. it really worked on her. dnt forget to massage ur face when adding noxzema. it helps
#30 - nel - 11/02/2010 - 11:09
i also have acne... it really makes me>-(
#31 - bianca - 11/03/2010 - 01:20
hey everyone READ THIS I KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF THEESE LITTLE BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!! ok sorry for the language but.....i think what is causing acne is all of your skin might for an example have really oily skin witch can make all the bacteria in the air stick to your skin straight away,,,wich can bloc your pores up,,,,,or if you have dry skin you need to use moisturizers like clean&clear....that works trust me....but i dont think moisturizers and crap arent really the best,,i think that oils and that are the rose hip oil,,,even bio oil will control all the dry skin condition...thanks for reading and i hope i helped you people eho are sufering form acne xo
#32 - noT happy GIrl - 11/04/2010 - 05:52
Im hearing people say use honey and cinnamon how does that fix the problem.:oops:
#33 - Tbone - 12/10/2010 - 02:01

#34 - happyspotgone - 01/03/2011 - 15:22
Heyah guys.
Okay,i have had acne on my forehead for about 1-2 years.i am in year 8 now at high school and my spots are mostley gone. I make this remedy every night before bed. Mix 2 Tablespoons of White Sugar and 1 Tablesppon of brown sugar together with drops of water until it creates a paste.Apply to a clean face and keep on for 2-3 mins a then wash off. Repeat this for about 2 weeks and your blemishes or spots will go !! Also with this remedy instead of using water use either honey or golden syrup :)
#35 - Megan - 02/24/2011 - 10:15
i don't really have bad acne but i still have little bumps on my cheecks and scars. i wear foundation to school so it won't show. but when i get home i wash my face with soap (dove) then exfoliate dead skin cells with st. Ives apricot scrub. then spot treat it with " clearasil ultra 4 hours." i believe tomatoe helps too. ive been doing this over a week now. and it seems like it works for me. but i still have acne scars and just afew bumps on my cheeks. hope that helps.
#36 - Jasmine_B - 03/03/2011 - 22:07
i enjoy reading this page.. :) iLL try this naturaL remedies at home.. hope it wiLL work..

this page is eases the insecurity feeLing of having an acne

#37 - #37 coLLide - 03/04/2011 - 12:51
IThink This Is Awesome How People Will Write Things On Here Telling Ppl Ways To Clear Acne; Cause Acne Is Not A Fun Thing I Have It Its Awful Sometimes IJust Wanna Hide And Never Come Out; IKnow Ppl Love Me For Me Ive Noticed But Still Dont You Just Wanna Have That Feeling Where You Can Look In The Mirror ANd See Pretty Skin Not A Mark On Your Face That You Wanna Hide? Well IWould Try One Of These Remedies That These Ppl Have Shown You; Just Exsperiment See If They Workk Its Better To Try And Not Always Does It Work Or Not Even ProActive Works For Everyone Cuz Everyones Different Just Do What You Can To Make Your Self Feel Better:-D
#38 - BabyDoll - 03/22/2011 - 16:46
hey :)
just try putting some lemon juice with a cotton ball on clean face just before going to sleep.wash in the morning.
your skin will be less oily and u'll have less pimples.also drink loads of water.
hope i've helped!
remember..water is the best cure!;-)
#39 - xoxoxo - 04/08/2011 - 12:52
im now 20 and i have a acne on my i used a perla bar..its removed my pimples but the scar is still there.. :oops:
#40 - nica - 06/04/2011 - 07:12
pure TEA TREE OIL has been scientifically proved as as effective as drugs doctors prescribe AND less drying out!
#41 - Ahh - 06/08/2011 - 16:57
I'm 25, and I have acne about 2yrs, and it was cure slowly... I wash my face twice with dove soap and at night I put kalamansi or lemon, leave until dry and wash with clean water.
drink lots of water and think positive that tomorrow it will gone.
#42 - thet - 11/17/2011 - 01:36
Mix 1 egg white 1 tspoon of pure honey and a few drops of lemon juice, leave it on skin until gets dry then wash it off with water either warm or cold it works wonders hope this help to yall! :)
#43 - Irie - 01/31/2012 - 02:01
hey everyone can someone plz tell me the solution for how to lighten acne marks left of face after the acne is gone plzzzzzzzzz
#44 - ezza - 02/19/2012 - 04:05
hey i have the cure all you have to do is wash your face twice a day and before you go to bed at night smoothly rub coco butter and shea butter they will remove scars to :))))) !
#45 - precious jackson - 03/05/2013 - 18:57
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