‟If you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.’’ — Sun Tsu, “The Art of War”.
This saying by Sun Tzu, a great Chinese warrior resonates with the struggle against acne among many people.
To battle acne and win, you need knowledge. In America, acne is the most common skin problem that affects over 50 million people yearly. According to American Academy of Dermatology, at least 85 percent of individuals age 12 and 24 experience minor acne.
What Is Acne?
Typically, your skin pores connect to the oil glands under the skin by a canal called a follicle. The oil inside the follicles(sebum) carry dead skin to the surface of the skin. An acne breakout occurs when the follicles clog up, and pimples develop. If the skin openings are large, the result is small flat spots with dark centres, and if the skin opening s are small, they form a white-head. Most pimples occur on the face, chest, neck, and shoulders. Although acne is not a serious threat to the person’s health, it can cause scars.
Causes and Treatments
Contrary to popular belief, acne isn’t a punishment for poor hygiene so scrubbing your face eight times a day won’t help. Hormones, genes, stress, certain medications, and sun exposure are all factors that can aggravate or trigger an existing case of acne. The best way to get manage acne is to know what triggers it. Exercising regularly, eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and dealing with stress can help ease this problem. For example, if your acne is as a result of exposure to the harsh UV rays, using the right Louvre systems may be what you need.
No one wants unsightly scars on their skin, especially on the face. Keep in mind that to successfully manage an acne problem, you must first identify what triggers it- every case is special.