Treatments for Acne Scars Marks
Work, family, responsibilities. There are enough woes for an adult to shoulder. The last thing you want to fret about is being negatively judged for your blemished appearance. But contrary to what you think, acne is not an teenage problem.
No, you're never too old to have pimples. And if you have acne-prone skin and had suffered from acne-related conditions before in your school days, a recurring breakout is still possible in the later years.
A good number of adults between the ages of 20 and 30 suffer from mild to moderate acne. Over half of all women, regardless of age, suffer from some form of acne-related conditions. In fact, for some, the conditions may be even worse in adulthood than adolescence.
In today's corporate world where appearance is everything, the dreaded W word affects your self-image, esteem and mental state.It is certainly more than just a mere cosmetic problem and greatly impacts the quality of your life, regardless of the severity of your condition.
As there is no single cause of acne, there is no surefire way to avoid it or control it. Acne is influenced by various factors,many of which are beyond our control.
Blame it on the hormones.
Even in an adult, fluctuating hormones can cause a flare-up. Androgens are hormones released from the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands, increasing oil production andthus resulting in skin that is more prone to comedones, or breakouts.
The fairer sex bears the brunt of it most. Sharp hormonal fluctuations often occur during ovulation and menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, and can also be caused by using certain birth control medications. Women may see their acne suddenly develop, or worsen, during these periods of life.However men are not immune to acne. Breakouts in adult men usually start in the teen years and linger on in adulthood. Their conditions tend to be more severe and longer-lasting, thanks to the higher levels of testosterone in the male body. If left untreated, this skin nightmare could span over 10 years or more.
Beware what you use
Your skin is what you apply to it. So scrutinise the ingredients in your daily cosmetic products.
Check your cleansers, moisturisers, makeup, and even hair care products. Certain products, especially those with an oil-base, can block pores and create an impaction within the follicle.
Avoid oily products, and use only those marked as non-comedogenic A word of warring though -even non-comedogenic products may trigger an acne response in sensitive individuals.
Two more culprits — medications and medical conditions
Certain medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary disease are possible triggers. Should you have other symptoms such as increased hair growth or weight gain in addition to a breakout, talk to your doctor.
Be careful too of steroids, certain birth control treatments, hormone therapies and other medications are also responsible. Again, approach your doctor if you suspect your prescribed medications are linked to your skin breakout.
Runs in the family
Acne-prone skin and all its problems tend to run in the family. If one of your parents has had acne at any point in their lives, your risk of having the condition in your adulthood is higher. As skin type is hereditary as well, adults with oily skin types are more prone to breakouts.
How you treat your skin matters
With the right treatment, acne can be controlled.Treatment options are varied. Products formulated with lactic acid are recommended for their efficacy and lack of side effects.Lactic acid suits all skin types and is perfect for sensitive skin because of its gentle exfoliating nature.
Lactic acid occurs naturally inside the body, and is an Alpha-Hydroxy acid derived from milk sugars. It is less irritating and highly unlikely to cause allergic reactions.Its skin-hydrating property attracts and traps moisture in the skin. Lactic acid also stimulates the synthesis of collagen or elastin fibres in the dermis (deeper layer of the skin).Most importantly, the effective action of lactic acid depends on its ability to loosen the glue that holds the dead skins together. Added to that, the exfoliation or peeling of the skin reduces blackheads or whiteheads.
Can Mangosteen Help?
I had a severe skin reaction from having to take some blood pressure medications. My body could not tolerate the medicines prescribed to me that I broke out in severe Acne. I started taking mangosteen juice and saw a quick difference in my skin and also in the lowering of my blood pressure. I saw that my blemishes started clearing up very quickly and made my skin very smooth and clear. Infact, it cleared it up much quicker drinking the mangosteen juice than using the topical treatments available from the department stores that I purchased. I was really amazed. Also, since drinking mangosteen juice, I have had great compliments from friends asking me what it is that I am doing that my skin looks great! I tell them, it must be the mangosteen juice! So can you imagine, if the mangosteen juice helped me with my skin, can you imagine what the new skin care line would do! This is very exciting!
1/29/2009 -- Maribel from Hawaii