Acne is a very distressing skin condition that can lower self-esteem.
The difference between acne and pimples is that acne is a skin condition while pimples are symptoms of acne.
What causes acne?
Excessive and overzealous exfoliation of the face, crushing and popping of “pimples”, hormones during puberty, pregnancy and menstruation, certain oily cosmetics, drugs like corticosteroids and anabolic steroids, air pollution and high humidity
Stress and certain foods like chocolate and high protein meals can cause acne, but it’s usually not okay.
So how do you treat acne?
Sometimes home remedies are not enough to get rid of acne, you need pharmaceutical help. Get a cleanser, lotion or serum that contains these ingredients;
1. Azelaic acid
Azelaic acid is naturally occurring and can be found in grains like wheat and barley. It kills bacteria that are on the face and the inflammation caused by pimples.
2. Benzoyl peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide can be a facial cleanser or lotion. It helps reduce acne by cleaning the skin surface from bacteria.
3. Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid can be a cleanser or a lotion and, it is helpful in removing damaged skin. It dissolves dead skin cells on the surface of the skin which can lead to acne.
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A. They help the skin in several ways and are one of the ways to get rid of acne from your face.
Retinoid creams, lotions and cleansers help unclog pores. It is recommended to use it at night to prevent your face from reddening and inflaming.
Since acne is caused by bacteria, antibiotics help eliminate surface bacteria that cause acne and swelling. Of course, let your doctor prescribe the best medicine for you.