Welcome to Wac 2012 WCA Acne World Health

Welcome to Wac 2012 where you can learn all about acne and acne scars. There are many options when it comes to achieving clear skin. We will do our best to share all the different options with you.

What Is Acne?

Acne is basically a skin condition which occurs when the oil secreting glands in your skin are clogged & become infected or inflamed. Acne happens when hair follicles get clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Hair-follicles are connected to sebaceous-glands. The glands secrete an oily-substance which is known as the “sebum” in order to lubricate the skin and hair.

The sebum usually travels-up along the skin’s hair shafts & then out through/via the hair follicle openings onto the skin’s surface. When the body secretes/produces an excess amount-of sebum and dead skin-cells, the 2 may build-up in the hair-follicles and form up a soft plug, thus creating an environment which is bacteria friendly.

In the teen years, hormones normally stimulate growth of body-hair, and the oil glands usually secrete much more oil. The skin-pores get clogged & bacteria begins to thrive in the clogged skin pores. When your body tries to kill these bacteria, blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules form up in the clogged areas.

What Are Acne Scars? What Causes Them?

Acne is a common skin condition which occurs due to the overworking of the sebaceous glands, causing follicle blockage. This skin condition is most common during adolescence, both in males and females. In most cases, acne reduces as one passes out of adolescence, but for some people, it can continue well into adulthood as well. The areas most affected by acne are face, the back and the neck. When cured, acne leaves behind scars on the surface of this skin. Acne scars are not harmful or even dangerous, but they turn to be a big problem for beauty conscious people.

What Are Acne Scars and How Are They Caused?

When acne breakouts penetrate the skin deeply, they damage skin and the tissue beneath it. As acne heals, the body tries to repair this damage. During the healing process, the human body produces collagen, a substance that supports the skin. If the body produces too much or too little collagen, scars are formed.

Types of Acne Scars

1. Depressed acne scars

These scars are formed when the body produces too little collagen. Depression or pits form as the skin heals.

2. Raised acne scars

The boy may produce too much collage during the healing process. When this happens, a person develops a raised acne scar. These types of acne scars are more common in African Americans, Asians and Hispanics.

Some people are more likely to get acne scars when their skin heals. The risk increases when a person delays or doesn’t treat inflammatory acne, when a person squeezes, picks or pops acne or when a person has a blood relative who developed acne scars.

Few Popular Treatment Options

There are several methods of treatment and the healing process can take days or even months. Such methods include dermabrasion, surgery, laser treatment, collagen fillers and creams.

You can also get rid of acne scars by using certain home remedies and natural remedies. These remedies include tomato, aloe vera, honey, lavender oil, oatmeal, sandalwood and using ice pack.

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Natural Treatment of Acne Tips

Our first reaction is to panic from this embarrassing and burdensome problem and the overwhelming fear that you won’t have any control over your breakouts. But with a few simple tips this fear can be conquered.

Before calling for an appointment with the dermatologist, there are natural remedies that can be just as effective as medications. With the right nutritional balance and proper skin care is all your body needs. By following these simple tips you are taking the first steps to help heal your acne. In about 4 weeks you should see a noticeable difference.

Tips for Acne Free Skin:

Apply to honey mask – by applying this to your face one or twice a week, the antibacterial properties will disinfect and heal minor blemishes. This is great for those of us with sensitive skin.

Use acne soap – wash your face twice a day with a sulfur based soap specifically designed for acne. Get into a routine of washing your face when you first wake up in the morning and then again before going to bed. A gentle rotating motion is recommend and be cautious not to scrub your face. In addition, use a soft washcloth in place of one that is rough. Avoid overwashing your skin as this will encourage your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, thus creating an increase in acne.

Clean hair – long hair or bangs are stylish but hair contains oils that can add to acne breakouts. Pull your hair off your face and wash it everyday and after sports or strenuous workouts.

Eat your carrots – if your mom’s also trying to get you to eat your carrots it’s because of the beat-carotene (Vitamin A). Vitamin A prevents acne by strengthening the protective tissue of the skin. This vitamin is crucial for the maintenance and repairs of tissue that skin and the mucous membranes are made of and helps reduce the production of sebum. Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, is needed to rid your body of toxins.

Take you vitamins – your skin is a vital organ that is usually neglected. Depending on nutrition, acne can be a signal that there is something wrong on the inside. When the body does not receive the proper nutrition it rebels by producing excessive sebum, clogging pores, and reduces the ability for your skin to fight bacteria and heal.

Makeup – many makeup products on the market today may contribute to clogging your pores thus causing more pimples and blackheads. Use a water-based makeup if you must wear makeup.

Avoid squeezing – resist the temptation to pick, squeeze, rub or touch your blackheads and pimples. These actions increase the sebum production and rupture the membrane below your skin. This can in turn cause an infection and spread the sebum underneath your skin resulting in more pimples.

Clean pillow case – when your face lies on your pillow case it is absorbing the oils from your skin and collects dirt and oil. Keeping your sheets and pillow cases clean will decrease breakouts.

Foods rich in Zinc – zinc are an antibacterial agent that is necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. Diets low in zinc may actually cause acne breakouts.

Getting into a good skin care routine takes time and dedication. You will need patience as results will not happen overnight. But with time you should see positive results.