Acne occurs mostly on the skin of the face, cheeks, and neck. It happens when the pores of the skin get clogged with dirt and bacteria, they get infected, forming bumps and pus pockets.
Keeping the skin clean with gentle cleansing without using harsh soaps helps, but sometimes it is difficult if the skin is greasy anyway. Using mild soaps for cleansing and applications of Benzoyl Peroxide is a usual treatment for ache. Advice following courtesy of Avalon Medi Spa of Miami (they also do laser hair removal and IPL).
Some people even use hydrogen peroxide on the skin with the acne, as it is also a cleansing and anti bacterial agent. It will bubble and on a boil or infection, it will pull out the infection and heal the area.
There has been some conjecture that diet can also play a role in the formation of acne, particularly with sugary foods such as soda pop and candy, especially chocolate. There is probably less of a probability of that being a cause, as opposed to the lack of proper skin care.
With teenagers, the factor of newly aroused hormones may play a role as well because of the body’s early inability to cope with the new kind of stress that the hormones may cause.
If the simple skin care applications do not work, you might want to see a dermatologist, as they can more closely diagnose some of the more detailed issues when it comes to a face full of acne. Doctors can give prescriptions for stronger medications that can have more affect in dealing with the infections and irritations that acne causes.
The doctor can also drain larger pimples and cysts, and then apply an antibiotic cream. There are many prescription medications that are much stronger than the over-the-counter brand of medications that may only be cosmetic in their effectiveness.
It does take some time for most acne treatments to have any effect at all on many people who have the disease. Your doctor may prescribe an oral retinoid which would be a stronger medication than just an over-the-counter medication.
Many teenagers have acne for two to three years when they get into puberty, and then the disease will subside and go away. If it does not disappear, then a person may have a more serious infestation of acne, and further medical treatment is probably going to be necessary.
Serious acne leaves scars on the skin which will be there for life in many people, so the sooner a person gets to treating their acne, the less the chances for permanent scarring. More from Avalon at their cosmetic procedures blog.