Thursday, February 22, 2007


Acne, most commonly known as pimples

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Acne a big problem

Acne, most commonly known as pimples, is the bane of almost every face and the worst nightmare for those too unfortunate to suffer.

It is the most common skin disease today. In United States alone, nearly 60 million people are infected with acne, where 85 per cent of teenagers suffer from it.

Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands (sebaceous glands), which leads to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Contrary to the popular belief, acne is not just a teenager’s disease. It is a socially bane and can be upsetting and disfiguring in certain cases. It has a significant economic impact, as people spend a lot of money on non-prescription and prescription treatments and therapies.

Acne cases vary from mild to severely disfiguring. It ranges from comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) to nodules and cysts. Here are several acne terms that can help you better understand acne.

Comedo or Comedones are simply a plugged and enlarged hair follicle. When a comedo is open, it is usually called a blackhead. When it is closed or deep into the skin, it is usually called whitehead. The whitehead differs in color from the blackhead because the opening of the plugged sebaceous follicle to the skin’s surface is closed or very narrow, in contrast to the distended follicular opening of the blackhead. Neither blackheads nor whiteheads should be squeezed or picked open, unless extracted by a dermatologist under sterile conditions. Tissue injured by squeezing or picking can become infected by staphylococci, streptococci and other skin bacteria.

Papules are inflamed lesions that usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin and can be tender to the touch. A group of very small papules and microcomedones may be almost invisible but have a "sandpaper" feel to the touch. A papule is caused by localized cellular reaction to the process of acne.

Pustules are papules topped by pus-filled lesions that may be red at the base. A pustule that forms over a sebaceous follicle usually has a hair in the center. Acne pustules that heal without progressing to cystic form usually leave no scars.

Nodules are solid, dome-shaped or irregularly-shaped lesions. They are commonly characterized by inflammation, extend into deeper layers of the skin and may cause tissue destruction that results in scarring. A nodule may be very painful. Nodular acne is a severe form of acne that may not respond to therapies other than isotretinoin.

Cysts can appear similar to nodules but are pus-filled, very painful and can cause scarring. They are usually described as having a diameter of 5 mm or more.

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Avoid Dry Skin by Using Moisturizers

All skin types of people vary, they can either be too dry or to oily. The most common problem during the summer is having dry skin. Because of this, a number of products have come up that promise to bring back the moisture in your dried up skin.

The dry skin problem can be remedied by using a liquid moisturizer. When your skin becomes too dry, you should buy the cream moisturizers. It is advisable to apply these after baths because this is when the skin pores are open and are able to absorb the moisturizers quickly.

During the summer season, most people go to the beach to tan themselves while others go to tanning booths. People can also use the liquid moisturizers to get the perfect tan. The only difference between a moisturizer-induced tan is that liquid moisturizers get washed off easily while a suntan fade naturally.

The summer is the season when moisturizers are much needed by the body. When choosing the product that is right for you, check the ingredients first to make certain that it does not contain oil. Oil can block pores and results in pimple breakouts and other skin problems.

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Basic Knowledge to Care for Your Skin

Your skin is one of the most essential body organs and it needs proper care and attention. It is also the body organ that becomes most affected by extreme sun rays.

The sun has ultraviolet rays that can cause various skin problems, such as skin cancer. However, this can be prevented by obtaining basic knowledge regarding proper care of your skin. The sun’s rays are fiercer from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., within which period, it is better if you stay inside your home or under a shade even if it is cloudy. You must remember that you are more likely to get sunburned near beaches.

The sun’s rays affect everybody; it does not matter if you are young or old. However, children are more at risk since they like playing outside when the sun’s rays are at its most intense. The most effective way to prevent sunburn is to dress your children with dark-colored clothes that cover as many parts of their bodies as possible. You must also apply sunscreen on their skins.

It is also a good option to buy your kids sun-protective swimwear. This swim wear covers as many exposed body parts as possible, shielding them from the sun. Cotton shirts for your children can also minimize sunburn. Dark-colored shirts offer more protection than white shirts. The reason for this is that the sun’s rays can go through those light colored shirts. Dying your children's clothes with SunDye is one way to prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating them.

A good defense against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays is the application of sunscreens that can be bought in most stores. When you apply sunscreens to kids or babies, make sure that it has no negative effects on their skins. It is also wise to apply it in small doses because babies’ skins are very sensitive. It is important to apply sunscreens on their whole body, including the feet.

Not many people know this, but the lips also get sunburned. To prevent this from happening, you can apply sun sticks or the ordinary lip balms with sun protection. For more information about these products, you must make it a point to always read the instructions. This practice will help you maximize the effects of your sunscreen products. When out for a swim or walk, always remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours. Doctors often recommend a sunscreen product with an SPF of 30 and above.

When you are out and the sun is hot, it is important to always stay under a shade. When you are planning an outdoor trip, it is wise to always bring an umbrella, hat, tent, and other equipment that can keep the sun’s rays away from you. Of course, you should never forget to bring enough sunscreen products to last for your whole trip.

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