We all have probably gone through it, the embarrassment of acne. More than 80% of all teens have some sort of experience with it and some well into their adult years. This can be a skin condition that can not only affect the physical body but it can also be emotionally scarring if it is not taken care of. Most agree that acne is mainly caused by the overproduction of dead skin cells and lots of oils being secreted from the sebaceous glands. The combination of this will clog the pores and then bacteria will set in which will cause the inflammation and pimples associated with acne.
One of the most important things to remember when you do get an outbreak is not pick at the acne. This will only push the bacteria further into your skin and it will just make the condition even worse. You should only apply medication to the affected area and only consider attempting to remove anything after the pustules or pimples have formed a head. If you do want to try this you will need to wear gloves and make sure to put alcohol on the area to sterilize it. Gently take the edges of the pustule or the blackhead to remove just the clogged bacteria. Pressing and now squeezing helps to avoid damage to your skin. It is better however, to see a dermatologist for this kind of removal otherwise if you accidentally touch another part of your skin with your gloved hands, you could be spreading the bacteria to an unaffected part of your face.
You should also make sure that you change the bedding on your bed often. This will help to stop the spread of the acne. The bacteria can actually accumulate on the bedding and then spread the acne when you come into contact with your bedding, especially your pillowcase. You should include some bleach in your wash when washing the bedding in order to kill the bacterial. You also shouldn't use a wash cloth to wash your face with, it's only helping to spread the bacteria.
It is also a good idea to try finding an over the counter medication that contains either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to treat the acne. Your skin treatment should start with first washing your skin with a mild skin cleaner and then rinse with some lukewarm water. You should then pat the skin dry and apply your over the counter medicine you bought. Some good overnight spot treatments would be Oxy Spot Treatment or Neutrogena Advanced Acne Treatment. These are really good for leaving on overnight and then wash off in the morning. Applying a sunscreen during the day is a good way to keep out bacteria as well.
You might also want to consider getting a professional facial treatment a couple of times a year. These are microdermabrasion or chemical peels that could be very helpful in reducing the outbreaks of your acne. Microdermabrasion take a tool that will exfoliate the skin deeply and remove all the deeply embedded dead skin cells. The chemical peel is where they use glycolic or salicylic acid to remove outer layers of your skin and reveal newer skin beneath.
If the acne appears to be out of control you should go see a dermatologist so that they can prescribe a prescription ointment like Azelex, Cleocin, erythromycin or Differin. All of which can help to get rid of the acne. In some cases antibiotics are given like tetracycline or doxycycline to help fight the bacteria.