7 Reasons Why There is No Such Thing As Fast Acne Treatment - Read This!
by Kevin Morgan-Rowe
Acne is a condition you may be able to bring under control in a few a days. You can stop or at least cover up the very worst manifestations of this common skin affliction relatively quickly. Curing acne, however, always takes a few weeks, and usually takes a few months to a year. Here are seven reasons why.
1. Bacteria are some of nature's hardiest survivors. Acne is not really an infection. It is more of an overgrowth of a particular kind of bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes. This microorganism usually feeds on excess sebum, getting expelled with its stinging peroxide waste products out the pore. When it gets trapped in the pore, however, the peroxide can cause a pimple. Various treatments can kill almost all the Propionibacterium acnes, but the bacteria can simply go into a hibernating, spore state and survive. The next time the pore gets clogged, there they are. Ongoing treatment is essential.
2. Inflammation does stop overnight (unless you take steroids, and there are reasons you probably don't want to do that). Whether or not acne bacteria ever get trapped in pores has a lot to do with whether or not the tissues around the pores ever become inflamed, swelling and tightening around it. The more inflammatory hormones your body makes, the more likely you are to get acne. You can reduce the process of inflammation very quickly with steroid medications (and you'll stop immune response and tissue growth, too), or you can reduce the process of inflammation by reducing the saturated fat and sugar in your diet. One treatment takes hours to days. The other takes days to weeks. Dietary approaches are less expensive and lead to longer-lasting results, however.
3. Oily skin isn't always oily. Even if you have oily skin and you have an ongoing problem with blackheads, blemishes, and pimples, from time to time you will need a moisturizer. Extremely dry weather, extremely cold weather, or exposure to cigarette smoke or air pollution can cause even oily skin to dry out. When oily skin dries out, it tightens. Tight skin can trap bacteria inside pores and cause pimples. Keeping the right amount of moisture in the skin is an ongoing process.
4. Dry skin is sometimes sensitive. People who have naturally dry skin usually have fewer pimples, but they also tend to have a greater reaction to allergens, chemicals, cigarette smoke, and air pollution. A person with dry skin that is almost never blemishes can experience inflammation, and the aftermath of inflammation can be acne. The way to speed up healing is, oddly enough, the same as for the oily skin that is not always oily. A gentle moisturizer free of irritating fragrances and perfumes usually is enough to let the skin heal acne on its own.
5. Everything that looks like acne is not necessarily acne. If you are getting pimple with a yellow center popping up on your skin overnight, what you have probably is not acne. You have probably picked up a staph infection. Do not open the pimple. That will just spread the infection to other healthy pores. Instead, find a simple, inexpensive tea tree oil soap or serum. Unlike benzoyl peroxide that has no effect on staph bacteria, tea tree oil will kill the bacterium that is popping up in the pimple. And a second wash with a product that contains calendula will kill the Streptococcus bacteria that can cause cellulitis. If you have this problem, be sure that you do not share towels with anyone else, and use a fresh towel every time you pat your face dry. You don't want to reinfect yourself.
6. Washing the wrong way can be worse than not washing at all. Many people perpetuate their acne problems by washing their skin the wrong way. Hot water dries out the skin, and tiny flakes can block pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads. Use warm water, not hot. Rubbing the skin dry can bruise pores, inflaming them and trapping acne inside. Pat, don't rub. And moisturizers and cleansers for acne is a whole additional topic. Use the right product for your skin.
7. No single habit or single product is enough to cure acne. Acne is a condition that is best treated inside and out. The skin needs both nutritional support and healthy maintenance. You will have to pay attention to diet, supplements, cleansing, and moisturizing, in addition to treating flare-ups when they occur.
About the Author
Kevin Morgan-Rowe is the main writer of Acne Treatments that Work a Acne information site that discusses ways on how to Cure all types of Acne. He also provides reviews on the best fast acne treatment systems available on the web.
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