What is Acne?

Acne is caused when skin cells clog pores and the skins natural oil builds up providing the prefect place for bacteria to grow. The clog can form two basic types of acne, the white head and the black head. The white head it formed when the pore is totally clogged and the oil cannot reach the skin's surface. A black head is formed when the clog reaches skin surface. Black heads discolor brown to black due to the oxidizing of skin pigment. both types of acne still slowly drain the oil to the surface of the skin.

White heads can under go a verity of changes,if ruptured internally they will be exposed to blood, and the white blood cells will attempt to kill the bacteria forming excessive amounts of puss, it also causes redness and inflammation. The result is what is typically called a 'zit'. They come in different verities based on how they from, but it is all natural.

The primary cause of all acne is the pore's overproduction of skin cells causing clogging. The reason behind the pore's overproduction is not totally known, but there is an undeniable correlation between acne and puberty into adolescence. It is also fairly common for many adults to struggle with acne and blemishes.

What Should be Done About it?

'zits' should not be popped and black heads should not be pushed from the skin as this will cause facial scarring, and open the pore up to more bacteria. There is no shortage of skin care products on the market, but how do you know which will work for you? Much of that depends on skin type, and many acne medications are marketed based on skin type. Different skin types, such as dry skin can respond negatively to harsher acne medicines that are alcohol based and dry the skin.

Drying the skin out will only prompt the pores to produce more oil, which often leads to more clogged pores, as the skin tries to moisturize itself. Even oily skin can respond negatively to alcohol based acne medicines in the same way. Some nicer medicines don't deal with the growth of bacteria as well. Some don't do enough to care for oily skin.

A lot of finding out what product is best comes through trial and error. It also helps to know the skin type. Products should be catered to skin type, because not all products will work well for all people. Regardless of skin type the face should be gently scrubbed and exfoliated regularly to remove built up skin cells. The newly exposed skin should always be moisturized after treatment to help the skin moisturize, and prevent it from over producing oil.