| | Important info to remember
Here's some info I read on the web and thought I'd post because some of it doesn't get mentioned on these boards much... I think it's important to note that a blemish exists for two to three weeks before it shows up as a pimple. Therefore, any medication or product we use has to be used for at least three weeks before we can really guage the results.
Where it All Begins:
An acne breakout starts in the skin's tiny holes, commonly called pores. It takes about two to three weeks before a blemish shows up on the skin's surface. Deep within each pore is a sebaceous gland that works to produce sebum, an oil that keeps skin soft and moist. As the skin renews itself, old skin cells die and are shed off. Under the best circumstances, this happens evenly and gradually, making way for fresh new skin. But some people shed skin unevenly and as a result, dead cells mix with sebum and clump together to form a sticky plug. This plug traps oil and bacteria inside the pore the beginning of a blemish. During puberty, hormones accelerate oil-producing sebaceous glands into hyperdrive, putting teen skin at particular risk for acne.
What Not To Do:
Don't overwash or use harsh scrubs. Acne is not caused by dirt.
Don't use alcohol-based products. Alcohol strips the top layer of the skin and many astringents contain alcohol which can cause dryness and irritation.
Beware of sweat. Working out heats up the body, and perspiration makes the skin an even more attractive environment for acne bacteria to grow.
Don't squeeze or pick. It's important to adopt a strict "hands off" policy when it comes to acne. Picking can lead to more inflammation and permanent scarring.
Don't let acne define you. Remember that who you are goes beyond the condition of your skin.