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Acne and Spots Care
at Kent and Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent

One of the most common skin problems is the presence of acne, which is a condition that most people think can be present during adolescence. However, cases of adult acne are becoming common, and are caused by sebaceous glands that produce too much oil, combined with problems of clogged pores. The resulting bacteria that accumulate on the oily skin will cause acne.

All about Acne

Acne is most commonly caused by sebaceous glands that produce too much oil, build up of bacteria, and changes in hormonal levels. Sebaceous glands naturally produce oils on the skin to keep it hydrated; however, in people with acne-prone skin, the sebaceous glands still produce oils in an excessive manner -even when the pores have already been clogged. Acne-causing bacteria can easily breed in conditions caused by clogged pores, such as the lack of air, and the presence of excess oil. As the bacteria continue to breed and grow, the glands become inflamed and rupture on the skin in the form of acne.

A lot of individuals first encounter acne when they reach adolescence due to the fluctuation of hormone levels. DHT, a form of testosterone that is present in both females and males, is attributed to the formation of acne; DHT triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Hormones are responsible for acne breakouts in women during their monthly period, and during pregnancy.

Acne can be classified into four types: open comedones (or blackheads), pustules (closed comedones, or whiteheads), papules, and nodular cysts. These inflammations appear most frequently on the face, back, chest, and on the shoulders.

It is often difficult to totally eliminate acne because it develops well below the skin’s surface before it appears on the outer surface of the skin. Controlling acne will necessitate vigilant monitoring to track and treat acne in every stage; a daily regimen should also be followed following treatments by a medical professional.

Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic uses Sesha Skin Therapy to treat acne problems. Sesha Skin Therapy is a simple system that addresses the full cycle of acne breakouts – from clarifying the skin from superficial bacteria, to treating existing acne, killing bacteria under the skin, and controlling excess oil production.

Preventing and Fighting Acne

Keep your hands away from your face. Hands are constantly dirty from all of the things that we touch minute by minute, on a daily basis; the dirt and bacteria can easily be transferred from the hands to the face by constant face-touching. By keeping your (unknowingly) dirty hands away from your face, you are also keeping your face much safer from the harm that dirt and bacteria can bring.

Keeping hair away from the face will do wonders in preventing bacteria from coming into contact with facial skin. Hair strands trap and even absorb all the dirt and pollution from the environment; when the hair strands come in contact with the face, some of the dirt can be transferred automatically. The dirt and bacteria from hair can contribute to the eventual development of acne. Keeping hair away from the face is also important in cases when hair products are used – the chemicals on the hair products may cause an adverse reaction on the skin, which may cause acne.

Do not let sweat stay too long on your skin. Those who engage in sports, or lead an active lifestyle, should make it a point to wipe off sweat as soon as possible, as letting sweat dry on the skin can attract bacteria to breed – which can cause acne development. After sweating or engaging in sports or other strenuous activities, it is best to change into clean and dry clothes; taking a shower to clean off dried sweat will also be beneficial in removing bacteria that may have accumulated on the skin with sweat.

Do not squeeze, pinch, or scratch pimples. Even if a pimple looks like it is “ripe” enough to be popped or squeezed, avoid doing so – popping the pimple open can irritate the pimple and may cause further infection to spread on the other parts of the face. An irritated pimple may actually grow bigger, and become even redder, when it is squeezed or pinched – especially with dirty hands.

Commit to a strict skin cleansing regimen. Avoid skin cleansers that have alcohol and oil, which may cause your skin to be too oily or too dry. It is best to strictly follow a skin care regimen recommended by your dermatologist, to avoid acne breakouts or flare-ups.

Seek professional help as soon as possible. Going to the dermatologist before the acne problem is aggravated can help prevent more complicated acne concerns; the dermatologist will also be able to formulate a treatment plan that will address your most pressing acne concerns. The healing process from acne can also be jumpstarted when you see a dermatologist, so that you can end the suffering and embarrassment that can be caused by acne.

 

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