Let’s Talk About Acne!

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    Acne is as real as it gets. Acne, zits, pimples, whatever you want to call it, we’ve all been there. The transition to adolescence involves a plethora of hormonal changes in the body, and this is also the time when a lot of people start developing acne or pimples.
    While they are completely natural & tend to go away on their own, some people might need more care when compared to others.

    What Is Acne? Acne is an inflammatory skin condition caused by an oily substance, sebum which creates a dense plug in the skin. The C Acnes bacteria grow inside this plug and leads to inflammation that is seen on the surface of the skin. What is causing my acne breakouts? There are a few factors that can potentially trigger your zits, while they vary, some of the most general ones include:-

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    Let's Talk Acne!– Hormones: Hormonal Acne is identified when you’re having acne even after your teen years. You break out frequently and have painful cysts. The area where the pimples are more prominent is in and around the chin & jawline.                  – Genetics: While they are not directly correlated as there is no specific acne gene, genetics can play a part in determining how prone you are to developing acne.
    – Humidity: When the weather is humid, it covers the skin in a layer of heat & moisture, both of which are the bad guys when it comes to acne. These can force the pores to expand and increase sebum production.
    – Diet: Just like everything in life, what you put in your body matters how your body is going to present itself on the outside. The association between diet and acne has been proven. It has been shown that a diet comprising of high glycemic foods may exacerbate acne.

    Let's Talk Acne!What Products Should I Use? Do I Need To Buy The Most Expensive Ones?
    No, getting to understand your skin type & what it requires for it to heal is much more important than buying a costly acne cream just because of its brand.                                While choosing what acne product to go for, people should focus on the following pointers:-

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    – Focusing on the active ingredient and not the brand if it has a good fan following as mentioned above.
    – Always opting for fragrance-free, oil-free gels, creams & lotions as they are much better than soaps and washes as they remain in contact with the skin for longer, therefore giving better results.
    – Using products with ingredients such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid & Retinoids, after consultation with your dermatologist.

    More than 70% of the population deals with acne and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. Washing your face and keeping it clean is you doing your part. Having a dermatologist on call will help you understand what you should and should not use better. Know your skin, embrace it & don’t hate it.

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