ACNE - Not Just for Kids
people associate acne with hormonally charged teenagers. The cliche of the pimply
adolescent is part of our culture, one looked on almost nostalgically (oh, back in the
However, for the 20% of us who have moved only from bemoaning a zit on prom night to bemoaning a zit before a job interview, acne is more like a mountain than a cute little molehill. The worst part is, no matter how many zillions of dollars we're willing to spend on our quest for perfect skin, there is no sure-fire treatment.
There are countless medications, cleansing regimes and 'cures' available, many of which contradict one another, and it is really only by trial and error that you can find one that works for you. At the most basic level, though, there are two key factors that cannot be over-emphasized: SLEEP and WATER.
Nobody knows exactly what 'beauty sleep' accomplishes, but it has recently been discovered that hormone levels fluctuate when our sleep patterns are disturbed. Since many breakouts are hormonally based, this could result in acne flare-ups. Also, the flow of oxygen to the skin increases while we sleep, regenerating skin cells.
Drinking the proverbial eight glasses of water a day helps the body flush out toxins, and, since the skin is the body's primary elimination organ, ensures that the skin has less toxins to get rid of. Simple and logical, right? So start guzzling!
Aside from these two universal skin helpers, it's always a good idea to choose a product marked 'non-comedogenic,' if you have the option. If you think you don't need moisturizer, due to an excess of oil production, you probably don't. Sebum is the skin's natural lubricant; since pimples are caused by sebum getting clogged in the pores, adding oil may not be the quickest means to clear skin.
Here's a quick rundown on some popular
long-term acne treatments. Remember, what works for your sister or your best friend may
not necessarily work for you. Be patient and don't expect to see results overnight.