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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads, Whiteheads, And Other Forms of Acne

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads, Whiteheads, And Other Forms of Acne

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Suffering from acne and acne breakouts? Hate the pimples, blackheads and whiteheads that dot your face and other parts of your body? Stress no more. Read this report to learn more about why acne happens and what you can do about it right away!
Suffering from acne and acne breakouts? Hate the pimples, blackheads and whiteheads that dot your face and other parts of your body? Stress no more. Read this report to learn more about why acne happens and what you can do about it right away!

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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads, Whiteheads, And Other Forms Of Acne
by Audrey RobertsContrary to popular belief, acne doesn
t just affect adolescents and teenagers. For somepeople, acne persists into adulthood. It usually affects the face, but can also be found in otherparts of the body, such as the back and the upper arms. Men and women are equallyaffected.Ranging from mild to severe, acne can have grave consequences on one
s self confidence. Ina society where physical appearance is highly regarded, clear glowing skin is a much soughtafter prize. Just open any magazine and you
ll see a multitude of product that promises tohelp people achieve clear, youthful, glowing skin.Most people who don
t understand acne automatically associate it with poor hygiene or diet.While a good skin care regimen is important, and eating a healthy balanced diet will really doshow on your skin, acne in most cases is usually caused by not knowing enough about one
sskin and how to care for it. In some cases, our genes predispose us to acne - but with theright regimen, even this can be overcome.In this report, we
ll look at how you can effectively get rid of blackheads, whiteheads and otherforms of acne. At the end of this report, you should be able to:1.Understand why blackheads, whiteheads and acne appear and multiply on our skin2.Find out what factors can aggravate acne3.Identify skin types that are susceptible to acne4.Learn how to apply a basic regimen for treating and preventing acne
Why Acne Happens.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. And since it is exposed to the elements, it
s also theone that is most susceptible to irritants. These irritants, reacting to the properties of our skin,is the usual cause of acne.To understand this better, let
s take a look at the properties of our skin.Our skin has many functions. Primarily, our skin offers a protective covering that shields ourbody against pathogens. It
s the first line of defense against toxins and bacteria. Our skin alsofunctions to regulate body temperature. Through nerve endings that are found on our skin, wecan sense warmth, cold, pain, and other sensations which are important to our survival.Our skin has three layers. The topmost layer is the epidermis. The epidermis functions tokeep bacteria out. It is further divided into 5 layers, with the bottom layer producing new skincells that gets pushed up to replace the dead skin cells on the topmost layer.Beneath the epidermis, you
ll find the dermis. The dermis is where blood vessels are found.The presence of blood vessels ensures that this layer of the skin receives the nourishment itneeds, and that wastes and toxins are removed regularly. In this layer, you
ll also find anumber of glands, such as the sebaceous glands (responsible for keeping the skinmoisturized and supple) and the sweat glands (responsible for sweating and regulating bodytemperature).The bottom layer of our skin is called the hypodermis. This layer serves to attach the skin tothe bones and muscles of the body. This is also the layer where we find the fat layer thatprovides insulation for our body.Our skin has the natural ability to care for itself - to heal and to renew itself whenevernecessary. You see this when wounds heal and new skin is formed to replace dead skin cells.You also see this in the way the skin produces oil to seal in moisture and prevent itself fromdrying and being prone to breaks and cracking.However, the characteristics of our skin is not uniform for everyone. Depending on our age,race and gender, certain properties of our skin vary. In some cases these variations areresponsible for making us more susceptible to acne.When it comes to acne, there are 3 skin categories to consider:1.
Dry Skin
- This skin type is susceptible to whiteheads and blackheads. Dry skin is alsomore prone to wrinkling. However, it is less prone to pimples.2.
Normal Skin
- These are the lucky ones. People with normal skin - or those with skin thatare naturally balanced - are less prone to blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. They mayget them occasionally when the natural balance of the skin is disturbed.
Oily Skin
- The good news is, people with this skin type are less prone to wrinkling andother signs of aging. However, due to the overproduction of sebum on the skin, they aresusceptible to whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.All three types of acne - blackheads, whiteheads and pimples - are usually caused by adisorder of the pilosebaceous gland. The pilosebaceous gland includes the sebaceous glandthat produces the oil or the sebum, the hair follicle and the pore where the oil finds its way outonto the skin surface. In all three cases, there is a build up of sebum that clogs the pores.What causes the overproduction of sebum can vary from person to person. Here
s a rundownof some of them:geneshormones, like in the case of adolescentscertain medicationsstressthe combination of humidity and tight clothing or impermeable clothingdyes, oils and other chemicals found in products we apply to our skinNow, all three types of acne start off the same way - as sebum that blocks the pores. Whathappens after determines whether you
ll have a blackhead, a whitehead, or a pimple.
In the case of a whitehead, dead skin cells and oil secreted from the sebaceous glands mixtogether inside the pore. Instead of being sloughed off, they plug the pore, preventing oil fromgetting out. The pore itself has a very small opening, so the plug doesn
t get exposed to theenvironment, which means, it doesn
t oxidize and it stays white in color.
Blackheads start out similarly as whiteheads. However, the pore that gets clogged with oil anddead skin cells have bigger openings. They get exposed to air, and this causes the melaninthat is found in the dead skin cells to oxidize and turn a dark color.
In the case of pimples, the process usually starts out with bacteria that is normally present onthe skin. There are times when a follicle finds itself with an accumulation of these bacteria inaddition to the sebum and the dead skin cells. When this happens, our immune systemresponds by calling in the white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infection.

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