Unfortunately, acne can strike at any age. Over 85% of all people 12-24 have
acne. Acne can also start as late as ages 20s or 30s.especially in women, whose
hormones are constantly fluctuating.
Touching, picking or popping your pimples increases the chances that bacteria
will spread into the surrounding pores, causing more blemishes to appear. It
can also damage delicate tissue, making the blemish more likely to leave a
An acne blemish begins when dead skin cells mix with your body's natural oil,
forming a plug in your pores. Since this has nothing to do with dirt, frequent
washing will not make your acne better.
Since acne is not caused by dirt, over washing or stripping skin with alcohol
won't make blemishes go away. In fact, frequent cleansing can make skin dry and
flaky, stimulating the production of extra oil which can lead to more zits.
No, those French fries you had yesterday didn't give you new zits today. In
fact, scientists have been unable to find ANY substantial connection between
diet and acne. Just remember: a healthy, balanced diet is important for the
health of your skin, so try to avoid junk food.
Most make-up today is non-comedogenic which means it won't clog your
pores. When shopping for cosmetics, look for products that are non-comedogenic,
oil-free (water-based) and hypoallergenic (no added fragrance).
Since blemishes take 2-3 weeks to develop, "spot treatment" may get
rid of individual pimples but it won't stop acne from coming back again and
again. The best way to treat acne is to stop the blemishes from developing in
the first place - which means treating the whole face or area every day, even
when you aren't breaking out.
While small amounts of sun exposure may superficially improve skin tone,
continuous sunbathing increases plugging of the pores - producing comedones
(blackheads and whiteheads) and small pimples. And of course, sun exposure
carries more serious risks, like skin cancer and premature aging.
While acne is not a serious threat to your physical health, it can take a toll
on your emotional well-being. It affects the way you feel about yourself and
the world around you, causing low self-esteem and even depression.
There is no cure for acne. But fortunately, you can help prevent
and control acne with continued daily use of products, such as Proactiv®
Solution, which contain powerful acne-fighting ingredients. And remember this:
Even if your blemishes go away, your acne is not cured. It's important to be
diligent about your treatment plan, even after your skin is clear.