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Latest Acne News-11 April 2017

New effective DIY mask to remove blackheads

Here is an all natural DIY  mask with safe ingredients, all available in your kitchen.If you want to avoid all those harsh chemicals you need to try this….read more

10 skincare ingredients that may trigger acne breakouts

Generally women assume that the ingredients in  skincare products are safe for  skin but there are some ingredients in those innocent looking makeup products that may trigger acne. ….. read more

Is acne hereditary?

Though there is no evidence to suggest the existence of acne gene,some people may be predisposed to acne breakouts due to family history…. read more

Make your own cleansing paste to enhance beauty

Studies show that sleeping in your makeup can cause skin irritation  leading to acne breakouts and may even result in premature aging . Now you can make your own cleansing balm easily …. read more

What is stress acne?

It is a well known fact that stress can lead to acne breakouts. When a person’s stress levels rise, the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ is released and it acts together with skin cell debris  to trigger acne breakouts….. read more

The story of a woman who overcame severe acne in 90 days

Here is the story of a woman who suffered severe acne which forced here to avoid social gatherings but eventually she succeeded in transforming her face in 90 days… read more

The best drug for acne

According to American Academy of Dermatology,the best drug for acne is Isotretinoin to be recommended to those who suffer severe acne ….read more

A peel off facial mask for adult female acne

According to a study published in ‘Journal of cosmetic dermatology’ , a ready to use facial mask with myoinositol and trehalose-loaded liposomes as ingredients can fix female adult acne …….. read more

10 tips to a smooth glowing skin

It is the dream of every woman to have a smooth and glowing skin.Here are the golden tips to have attractive glowing skin……read more

 

 

 

Latest Acne News-26 March 2017

Does acupuncture work for acne?

Many acne sufferers wonder whether there are any effective acne treatments in alternative medicine which is known to be holistic in nature by treating the root causes rather than the symptoms . But there is a tolerable downside to it….read more

Here are the reasons you should visit a dermatologist in your twenties? 

One of the reasons is that the dermatologist can study your skin type to create your own unique skincare regimen suitable to you which can save time,energy and even money …..read more

Is it wise to mix skincare ingredients to target multiple skin issues at the same time?

When people have multiple skin issues,they tend to mix different skincare ingredients to target all skin issues at the same time which may not be the wise thing to do. The reason is that when you mix different ingredients,they may cancel out each other or create skin irritations as they may not be mutually compatible….read more

Turmeric oil can help fading acne scars

Turmeric oil dries out the pimples and stops fresh breakouts.Turmeric essential oil contains anti bacterial,anti fungal,anti microbial and anti parasitical properties and as such it should become part of your beauty regimen.Turmeric oil should not be directly applied to the skin but always be used with a carrier oil….read more

How to look 10 years younger 

Everyone wants to look younger than they really are and the secret lies in the mindset meaning ,being positive and having zest for life can help. Are you really happy about the weekend and enjoy every moment of it or become upset by thinking about what chores await you on Monday? Looking younger than your real age is more psychological than physical….read more

Beauty routine for busy working women

Busy working women need an effective beauty regime that nourishes and renews you without eating up much of your free time. The key here is to invest in high quality beauty products that do more than one thing….read more

Different Types Of Acne

There are different types of acne each with its’ own unique characteristics and treatment and here is a brief description about each one of them is as follows.
Blackheads
Blackheads are self limiting and are easy to treat as it is the mildest form of acne. Usually they do not last long and disappear after sometime. There are also severe cases of blackheads that require medical attention. Blackheads are follicles with wider openings. They are known as open comedones in medical terms. Blackheads can appear in the form of plugs or blocks anywhere in the body. Generally blackheads appear on forehead or nose and it is easy to remove them.
Whiteheads
Whiteheads are called closed comedones which are sebum filled follicles, having a very small opening at the skin surface. Though acne can occur in any hair bearing skin area, certain areas are more prone to acne formation such as nose, cheeks, lower jaws, forehead and chin. These acne prone skin areas have larger oil producing sebaceous glands. For those with severe acne, it can occur in other areas too such as thighs, buttocks, chest, back and sometimes even in upper arms.
Papules
Papules come in different shapes and sizes. They come in different colors too such as red, pink, brown and purple. Sometimes they have other features such as crusts or scales. They form an elevation on the skin without any visible accumulation of fluid. They may become infected due to scratching or rubbing.
Pustules
Pustules look like small puss filled inflamed blister like lesions on the skin surface. Mostly they are due to bacterial infection and need medical attention. They can occur anywhere in the body but are common on face, back, shoulders, armpit and groin.
Sebaceous Filaments
Sebaceous Filaments are harmless after effects of natural sebum production. There is absolutely no need to worry your head over them. They have thread like appearance and are different from blackheads. They appear filament like and their sizes vary according to the size of pores that again vary from individual to individual due to genetic reasons.
Acne Nodules
Acne nodules or nodular acne is a severe form of acne that is formed in the deeper parts of skin and they usually leave behind a scar. They are larger than the usual blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules. They do not respond to over the counter medications and need medical attention. They can remain active for long period and it is aggravated by squeezing or picking them.
Acne Cysts or cystic acne
This is also a severe form of acne that occur in the deeper part of skin and it can be painful.. Cystic acne is larger than nodular acne and does not respond to the usual over the counter medications hence need medical care. Some dermatologists claim that Cystic acne is nothing but a severe form of nodular acne with severely inflamed nodules but many disagree. Cystic acne is known to leave behind a scar as its’ legacy. This type of acne needs expert medical advice, not self medication.
Acne Conglobata
This skin condition occurs mostly in men as it is associated with testosterone. Acne conglobata is a highly inflammatory skin condition that starts with blackheads in neck, face, chest, buttocks, and upper arms. Pimples form around blackheads and gradually the pimples become larger filled with pus until they rupture. After rupture new pimples start growing on the same spot till they rupture again. When these new ones rupture, several pimples fuse together to become a cluster of many pimples and thus keep spreading outwards. After sometime these lesions heal and leave behind scars or skin bumps. This type of acne need medical attention.
Gram Negative Folliculitis
Gram-negative folliculitis is a type of acne that occurs in patients who had been acne patients earlier and were treated continuously for long periods with antibiotic tetracycline. It is an infection caused by gram negative bacteria such as, Escherichia coli and Enterobacter. The medication Isotretinoin is very effective in treating gram-negative folliculitis. The treatment involves use of isotretinoin along with systemic antibiotics.
Acne Fulminans
Acne Fulminans usually begins during puberty. It all starts with joint pain and inflammation that usually leads to swelling of lymph nodes situated at the base of neck that eventually decreases but is followed by joint inflammation and loss of appetite. If these symptoms are ignored, it is followed by weight loss and muscle atrophy and extreme physical weakness. Open sores, some even large develop by this time that stick to fabric that come in contact with it which is very painful to remove. This is a severe form of acne that needs medical care and sometimes even hospitalization.

Acne Rosacea
Acne Rosacea is characterized by redness on the nose, cheeks, forehead, ears, chest, neck, and scalp. Symptoms include appearance of red domed pustules, papules and red eyes with burning, itching and stinging sensations. It mainly affects people of Caucasians origin especially women. It has four sub types, three affecting skin and one affecting the eyes. It gets worse over a period of time if left untreated. Treatment varies as per the severity and sub type of this skin condition. Acne Rosacea is not curable but can be managed at the most. If it is mild it is not treated at all but covered with the help of cosmetics. Other sub types may need prolonged treatment with topical and oral antibiotics.
Pyoderma Faciale
Pyoderma faciale also known as Rosacea fulminans is women specific as it does not affect males but affects younger women. It begins abruptly and does not persist more than a year. Unlike Acne Rosacea, it does not affect eyes. It is characterized by large painful red pustules, nodules and sores in chin, cheeks and forehead that may result in scars. The treatment involves antibiotics and Isotretinoin.

Infantile acne
Infantile acne affects infants aged between 3 to 12 months but it is rare. Such infants are prone to severe acne during their teen years.
Excoriated acne
Excoriated acne occurs to those who are in the habit of picking or squeezing acne spots leading to more inflamed acne spots. In fact manual intervention aggravates the situation further.
Acne inversa
Acne inversa is the most misdiagnosed type of acne compared to other types. In this type, lesions appear in neck, scalp, genitals, mammary folds, buttocks and anal region. The foul smelling discharge of pus from the lesions is most disconcerting. The main feature of this type is that even long time medication does not seem to help. It is believed that genetic predisposition may be a factor. The outcome of this type of acne can be very devastating leading to psychological issues.
Drug acne
When patients consume drugs that contain androgen producing agents, drug acne occurs as a side effect. This happens because when patients consume these drugs, it triggers androgen production in the patients leading to excess sebum production hence acne. Anti-tuberculosis and anti epileptic drugs contain androgen enhancing agents and so when patients consume these drugs, they experience acne flare ups or aggravation of existing acne.
Chemical acne
Chemical acne also known as oil acne occurs when workers in chemical industry accidentally come into contact with certain chemicals or oil containing hydrocarbons which has the quality to trigger acne like skin eruptions at the point of contact. Some skin ointments and cosmetics can create acne like eruptions on the skin surface where it is applied.
Chloracne
Chloracne can persist for long periods before healing and can be highly disfiguring hence dangerous. When people come into contact with certain substances containing dioxin or chlorinated hydrocarbons, whiteheads and inflamed cysts appear at the point of contact which is known as chloracne. Even a transient accidental contact with these substances can cause cysts that take a long time to heal. There are instances of chloracne epidemics due to factory accidents when thousands of people had to suffer acne cysts due to accidental contact with these substances containing acne inducing agents.
Tropical acne
Tropical acne occurs due to environmental reasons. Humid conditions obtaining in tropics can trigger acne eruptions in some people especially Caucasians who are not used to humid climate. Tropical acne appears in the trunk area of the body and does not respond to medication. The only way out is to move out to a moderate climate.

Treatments can vary depending upon the type of acne. Knowing the type of acne will go a long way in choosing the right type of treatment, medication and also whether you can be treated at your home or need hospitalization.

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What Is Acne And How It Occurs

Facts About What Is Acne And How It Appears

 

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Almost no one is immune to acne, also known as pimples, blemishes, zits. Acne affects every one, male, female, young, and even the aged. Studies show that it has gender bias as it affects women more compared to men probably due to the fact that women undergo hormonal fluctuations more compared to men.

Acne in the face is one of the most embarrassing types of all acne because it is most visible. It is most active during the adolescence period because of excess production of sebum by sebaceous glands in the skin. The Teenagers are more prone to than people of other age groups. Many people take it  lightly thinking that it will go away on it’s own and so do not take any action. This is a mistake and there is every possibility that you may regret your inaction later. Timely action will surely help you improve your appearance by preventing scars.

Acne can be defined as the skin inflammation caused by the oil or wax secreted by sebaceous glands just under the skin close to hair follicles in certain parts of the body mostly face, neck , chest, and back. This oily or waxy matter is known as sebum, the purpose of which is to lubricate or moisturize and also to waterproof the skin.

Those with bigger and overactive sebaceous glands are more predisposed to acne than those who have less active sebaceous glands.

Acne happens due to many seemingly unrelated factors that work in tandem. The human body  experiences hormonal fluctuations at certain periods of its’ life like puberty, pregnancy, menstrual cycles, menopause that trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum than necessary. The excess production of androgen during puberty is the main cause of acne in teenagers. The excess sebum causes blockage of pores due to which sebum gets trapped inside that in turn becomes a safe habitat for certain micro organisms that feed and thrive on sebum that cause infection.

These micro organisms are as follows.

1)The bacteria known as ‘ propionibacterium acnes’

2) The yeast like  microorganism known as ‘pityrosporum ovale’

3)The micro organisms known as ‘staphylococcus’

 

The main factors that act in tandem to cause acne flare-ups are as follows.

 

1.Excess production of sebum by  the sebaceous glands.

2.Prevention of sebum outflow due to blockage at the mouth of hair root canal

3.Accumulation of trapped sebum that becomes a feeding ground for bacteria

4.Infection and Inflammation of follicles due to the bacterial activity

 

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The excess sebum produced blocks the pores and accumulates under the skin  surface resulting in the appearance of various forms of acne like blackheads, whiteheads, raised red blemishes, pus filled cysts, and nodules causing inflammation and pain. When the pores gets clogged, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria known as P.Acnes that feed on the sebum causing skin inflammation known as acne.

Though acne is not life threatening condition, it may take time to clear up from days in the case of mild acne to months even years in case of severe acne due to scarring.

It is a comforting fact that acne in general is mild, self limiting, responds to medication and disappears after sometime. But for those unfortunate people that suffer severe acne, the consequences can be devastating. Severe acne may leave a footprint of long lasting  scars and lesions to contend with leaving behind body image issues that affect the quality of life of the suffering individual. Studies show that acne causes depression and low self esteem even leading to suicidal impulses.

 

Get Rid Of Acne,Blemishes, Pimples,Zits Now

Learn About Acne,Blemishes, Pimples,Zits To Fight Them To The Finish

If you are suffering from acne also known as pimple, blemish, zits and want the right in depth information about this widely prevalent skin condition, you are in the right place.

There is lot of disinformation, from half truths to outright lies on acne doing their rounds on the world wide web and this site is created to set things right and to present acne information in right perspective without hype and fluff useful to one and all.

Acne or Acne Vulgaris  is the most talked about and treated skin condition that affects millions of teenagers and adults world over.

Studies show that it is the most common skin condition treated by physicians.

It has other names too which are pimples, blemish, and zits.  You may call it in whatever name you choose or like but the point is that acne affects people in more ways than one.

There is no other skin condition that causes more psychic trauma in patients than acne. Since this skin condition is non-life threatening, it is easy to dismiss it as being inconsequential but it is a fact that acne leads to intense trauma for some which lowers the quality of life.

Acne is one of the diseases that affect not only your physical body but also your psyche.

It is an established fact that acne is associated with causes of personality disorders like low self esteem, anxiety, and depression that cause much devastation to the sufferer.

But there is no need to despair because there are wide variety of treatment options from potent medications to surgical techniques that are available now to reduce or eliminate acne scarring.

We all know that knowledge is power because it opens up many options. It empowers you to know the disease in detail so that you can make informed decisions about the preventive measures and the choice of acne  treatments and medicines.

This website is solely dedicated to the comprehensive study of acne, its’ causes, symptoms, effects, treatments, prevention and other related issues. Here you will get all the information collected from various authoritative resources online and offline.

This is  to help you know what is going on in your body as far as acne is concerned so that you can present yourself as a knowledgeable person to your physician when you seek medical advice or to help your fellow acne sufferers to know the different acne options available.

Paradoxical as it may seem, in this modern age we are besieged with many treatment options for all diseases in general and acne in particular we are overwhelmed as to the right choice.

When you search to find the right acne solution for you, the tyranny of choice is so overwhelming with so many medications, natural remedies, herbal concoctions , that you are confused and even bewildered.

At the outset let me make it clear that all the content such as text, images, graphics and other information provided in this site is for information purposes only and as such should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, opinion, treatment and diagnosis.

Information provided on this site is gathered from reputed authority sites like wikipedia ,webmd, and other important resources.

Hope this site helps you in getting the right information that you so earnestly seek.