Skin Care: How To Take Care Of Your Skin When You Have Acne

November 03, 2015

Acne is a known skin problem mostly among teenagers and young adults. As the skin gets oily, and people with oily skin will have more of this problem, too much sebum gets collected on the pores of skin and sometimes it clump together with the hair and the dead skin cells that were carried by the hair follicles, creating a plug. It’s the bacteria in the plug that motivates swelling.

Some Common Pimples 

Pimples have many types, but the most common ones are:

  • Whiteheads - they stay below the surface of the skin.
  • Blackheads - they can be seen on the surface of the skin and they look black. Note that the black isn’t from dirt.
  • Pustules - they have pus on top and look red at the bottom.
  • Papules - they are tender and usually come in pink bumps.
  • Cysts - they are usually deep, painful, and filled with pus. These ones can cause hideous scars.

Although the teens and young adults are the ones who often get acne, people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s can still get zits. Acnes often appear on the face, neck or back, but they could also appear anymore in your body.

What Causes Acne Breakout?

There’s no exact known cause of acne breakout, but dermatologists believe that some particular factors or circumstances might cause it like:

  • Hormonal changes - puberty or pregnancy
  • Birth pills - starting or ending it
  • Genes
  • Some ingredients in the medicine you take
  • Greasy makeup

So, How Do You Take Care Of Your Skin When You Have Acne?

The goal is to stop the spread of acne in any part of your face or body, heal them, and eventually prevent them from coming back. Here are some ways to take care of your skin when you have the undesirable zits.

  1. Always clean your face in the morning and at night before bedtime. You can use a mild cleanser and remember not to scrub your face as it will only make things worse.
  2. Do not touch your acne. Do not prick, pinch or squeeze your zits as this will cause dark spots or scars on your skin.
  3. For men, shave carefully so as not to scratch or cut the pimples.
  4. Avoid sun exposure as some acne medicines aren’t sun friendly.
  5. Avoid covering the pimples with makeup, but if you have to, choose oil-free ones. On the back label, see if the word noncomedogenic appears. If it does, it means this makeup with not clog up your pores, so get that.