Hi, Everybody! This month I've decided to
explore a subject near and dear to each teenager's heart,
or should I say skin--the subject of acne. Yes, I'm
going to "pick on zits!" Actually, you really shouldn't
pick your zits, or so I'm told. So what is the real truth
about acne anyway?
- What is acne?
- Acne is a disorder of your hair follicles and their
attached oil glands in your skin. Your pimples can often
take weeks to develop before you can see them! When you
can see them they can appear as white bumps, red bumps,
black bumps, and pus filled bumps of all different shapes
- Why do teenagers get acne?
- When teenagers go through puberty, their sex hormones
become very active. These hormones also cause the oil
glands in your skin to get bigger and produce more oil.
The excess oil that is produced is a main factor in
- How do you get rid of acne?
- Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure or pill you
can take to get rid of pimples instantly. It's best to
wash your face with soap and water twice a day. You should
also use an over-the-counter medication once a day. Not
just when a pimples appears. On the issue of popping--well,
it's kind of undecided. Popping is sometimes good
and sometimes bad. If you drain a pimple too hard, it can
worsen the infected area. If you're going to do it at all,
you should first apply a warm cloth to the area with acne
to soften to material inside. Drain very carefully and not
too hard. Other than that, you just have to let them be.
- Is everything we hear true?
- There are many myths that go along with acne. A common
belief is that dirt causes acne. That is not true. It is
very important to clean your skin, but the root of acne
comes from deep down in the follicle where cleaning can't
reach. Another misconception is about food. Many people
believe that chocolate and greasy foods are a cause of
acne. Most doctors today feel that diet does not play a
role in pimples.
Well, friends, our investigation is over. Now
we know the how, why, and what about acne. As I always
say, the best way to fight acne is to know acne! See you
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