Interesting Facts about Acne You May Not Have Known

Skin of a woman affected with acne

Acne – The Most Common Skin Condition in the World

Over 80% of the world population is affected by acne, a skin condition that is very visible among teenagers and adults under the age of 30. It is usually the result of changes in your body during adolescence. Hormonal factors are key factors that contribute to acne or acne irritation.

There are several types of acne, from mild to severe. Mild types include blackheads and whiteheads, which are considered non-inflammatory acne.

Moderate to severe inflammatory pimples include pink pimples that are relatively small and painful. It is a mixture of papules and pustules (swelling with pus at the top and a red base).

Acne is considered severe if there are nodules, cysts or scars. Cysts and nodules are large, painful and penetrate deep into the skin.

With such a complex skin condition, there are many interesting facts and myths about acne and its treatment. Here, we have highlighted some of the most interesting facts about acne that you may not have known about.

Stress Causes Acne

Research shows that when we are stressed, hormones are released and can drive up the skin’s oil production. While stress alone isn’t the cause of cystic acne, it can certainly contribute when combined with other factors. It is important to find relaxation moments throughout the day. Yoga, deep breathing, seeing friends other forms of exercise can also help to reduce stress levels.

Makeup Can Cause Acne Breakouts

Unfortunately, yes, makeup products can cause acne. Makeup can clog skin pores and hair follicles, leading to the accumulation of sebum in the pores. Also, makeup with mineral oils can clog pores and can cause pimples inside the hair follicles.

Water Benefits Acne

There is still controversy as to whether water helps treat acne. Water has many benefits for your skin, from moisturizing to cleansing the skin of dirt, dead cells, and other bacteria. Water also reduces the amount of toxins in the skin, which helps eliminate potential irritants that cause acne rashes.

How to Prevent Acne

To prevent all types of acne, some simple daily practices and over-the-counter medications can help. Some methods of prevention include:

  • Wash your face carefully and no more than twice a day
  • Use over-the-counter products that help reduce oily skin
  • Use non-irritating, oil-free skincare products, including sunscreen and cosmetics
  • Remove items that may contain oils from your face, such as your hands, hair, or phone, as much as possible.
  • Wear loose clothing that reduces perspiration
  • Do not squeeze pimples

For more information on acne please visit our page or book appointment with one of the best dermatologist near you today.

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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