Cystic Acne Treatment

A pimple is one thing; but the painful, large, red bumps that indicate cystic acne, is a whole different animal. Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. These breakouts are deep and can last for years, so its best to see a dermatologist for guidance when suffering with cystic acne. View image | gettyimages.com When cystic acne occurs, a pore in the skin gets clogged with dead skin cells or bacteria, which causes the skin to become inflamed and painful to the touch. These cysts may itch, and if they burst, infection can spread to cause a larger breakout. Most people develop cystic acne in their teens or early 20s, but it can strike at nearly any age, on any part of the body. The exact cause of cystic acne is unknown, but it may be attributed genetics or changes in hormone levels. Over-the-counter medicines have little effect on cystic acne. However, there are some other treatments that may help clear cystic acne. Oral Antibiotics Oral antibiotics work from the inside out, killing an excess skin bacteria. Common oral antibiotics for cystic acne are clindamycin or erythromycin. Birth-Control Pills Cystic acne can be a side effect of an internal hormone imbalance. For some, taking the right birth control daily may help balance these hormones. Spironolactone Spironolactone is also used for treating cystic acne when hormones are to blame. Spironolactone is primarily used as a diuretic, but for cystic acne, a doctor will prescribe it for its anti-androgenic properties, which basically means, the drug stops the body from producing the...

Zits: To Pop or Not to Pop?

When a pimple crops up, it’s usually at the most inconvenient time: before a dance, a job interview, a special holiday. Rather than face everyone with a seemingly enormous zit, you weigh your options, and the idea to pop that zit comes across your radar. But, before you take another step closer to the mirror, consider these reasons you may want to leave that zit alone. View image | gettyimages.com   Cuts, Scabbing, Bruising Zits don’t always pop on the first try, and with repeated poking, and jabbing you’re bound to break or bruise the skin. A millimeter size pimple is much less noticeable than a larger, crusty, red scab, that will last over a week. Scars After a crusty, red scab is healed from a pimple-popping attempt, the skin will probably be left with a scar or hyper-pigmentation. Scars can take several months or even a year to fade. That original pimple would have only been around less than two weeks! Doesn’t sound so bad now, huh? More Pimples Pimples are filled with oil and bacteria. So when a zit is popped, that bacteria and oil oozes out, and spreads across your skin, leading to additional clogged pores and inflammation. Infection Popping a pimple, breaks the skin, creating an opening for bacteria to enter the body. Your skin can develop an infection and may require topical antibiotics from a doctor. Pain Pimples can be painful even without being touched. Now, imagine how much that pimple will hurt after being poked and irritated. Avoid the pain- leave that pimple alone! Harder to Cover The key to covering a pimple...

10 Tips for a Better Selfie

Almost everyone has a selfie tucked away somewhere, and if you don’t- what are you waiting for? Selfies are a fun way to capture a quick moment. They have gone from a way to avoid asking someone to take your picture to a cultural phenomenon. Some people are more obsessed with selfies than others, but if you are ever caught in a selfie situation, we have an arsenal of tips to help you take the best shot. View image | gettyimages.com Make it a Party Taking a picture alone may feel and look a little awkward. Ask a friend to join in your moment to make the situation feel more natural. Practice Makes Perfect Check out other selfie masters on Instagram to see the poses they choose. You’ll find very few shots are taken straight-on. Try a slight head tilt; it will make your face look slimmer and your selfie more flattering. Smooth it Out! Your phone’s camera has the ability to pick up the fine details of your skin, so any fine lines in your face may seem more noticeable when taking a selfie. Make sure your skin is moisturized, and if you wear makeup, try using a cream blush or eyeshadow to maximize the suppleness of your skin. Don’t let a little rogue zit stop your selfie game, use a dab of cream or liquid concealer to camouflage any blemishes or dark spots. Shake it Up! Give your hair a little umph! For long hair, flip your head over, run your fingers through your hair and flip it back up. A little volume will go a long...

5 Naturally Awesome Home Remedies for Acne

You can’t rush clear skin with harsh and abrasive products. Those heavy duty products take no prisoners and dry the skin. See, the thing is- your skin needs just the right amount of oil to stay balanced and clear, and natural ingredients understand that balance. Check out these 5 natural remedies that some say, have worked wonders on their breakouts. View image | gettyimages.com Honey Cleansing Gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of healthy, natural oils. Contains natural antibacterial and probiotic properties to reduce acne breakouts. Good for people with sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema. Balances oil and leaves skin feeling supple. Less expensive than traditional drugstore facial cleansers. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Apple cider vinegar contains gentle exfoliating acids. Calms existing acne and discourages new breakouts. Balances the skin’s pH. Reduces red marks, and treats acne on both your face and body. To make toner, Mix 1 part one part apple cider vinegar, with 2 parts water. Apply to skin with a cotton ball. Keep in mind this toner may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin. Brewers Yeast Like the name implies, brewer’s yeast is used to make beer, but you won’t get drunk off these supplements. When taken orally, brewer’s yeast has been recognized in studies to help heal acne. Contains B-complex vitamins and protein, which helps sustain energy. Chromium and selenium aide in preventing cell damage, promoting healthier looking skin. Available in several forms, such a supplements, powders, liquid, and flakes. Brewer’s yeast may interact with some medications, so speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements or adding it...

Humidity and Acne

Warmer days are making a welcome return this time of year, but along with the added sunshine also comes an increase in the air’s humidity. Not only do the more humid conditions leave some feeling sluggish and sticky, but they also have the tendency to stimulate your skin’s oil production, and cause clogged pores and acne breakouts. Year-round you may find yourself in consistently humid situations, like working in a hot kitchen or breaking a sweat at the gym. You can prevent humidity related breakouts by making a few adjustments to your everyday skincare routine. View image | gettyimages.com Wash your skin after you perspire. Avoid touching your skin with your fingers and wiping your face with your hands. Using your hands to wipe away sweat spreads oil and bacteria. Try blotting your skin with a clean tissue. You can also use an oil-absorbing, skin-blotting cosmetic paper, often sold in cosmetic stores. Use oil-free lotion and skin care products that won’t clog your pores and create acne. Stash a package of oil free cleanser wipes in your purse, desk, or gym bag, for easy cleansing on the go. Keep your hair away from your face with headbands and secure hair elastics. Sticky and sweaty hair spreads germs and oil. Always change out of your gym clothing or sweaty work clothes within 30 minutes after your workout or job. Your clothing can trap bacteria and oil that you don’t want sitting on your skin! Avoid wearing heavy makeup or creams while working out or if you know that you will be in a humid situation. It may sound counter intuitive,...
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