Three Common Causes of Acne
Luckily for America’s teens, you can get cheap medical insurance that still provides acne treatment. Due to the psychological and self esteem effects of having acne, American health insurance companies rarely consider it a cosmetic disease and thus the treatments, unlike plastic surgery, are not seen as cosmetic medicine. However, the best treatment is preventative treatment but that does not work well for everybody. Most teens who develop acne do so at no fault of their own. That is why I am sharing some of the most common causes of acne:
Cause Number 1: Bad Luck
That’s right, simply having genes for acne is a very good indicator of the likelihood of somebody developing acne on their own. This is because a lot of acne is inherited, so people whose parents, grandparents, or even great grandparents had acne are very likely to get it themselves once they hit puberty in their tweens or early teens. This is especially true for boys who have surging testosterone levels during this time in their lives.
Cause Number 2: Using bad face wash
A lot of people these days buy quackery face medications with no active ingredients that do absolutely nothing. Or, they buy overpriced one-month supplies of good medications because Katy Perry endorsed them. For many people, a combination of salicylic acid (2% to 2.5%) and benzoyl peroxide (10%, lower for people with dry skin) can significantly reduce their acne, though redness will continue for about six months.
Salicylic acid should be used once in the day upon waking up. This will clean the face before pores can be further clogged during the day.
Benzoyl peroxide is a very strong facewash that must be used at night. Although it is much stronger than salicylic acid, skip a treatment if you forget to use it because it lowers your skin’s resistance to sun radiation. Also, it can bleach clothes, so you need to make sure that you wash your face thoroughly (make sure it stays on for at least 30 seconds) before putting on a shirt that you care about. Perhaps the best thing to do is to put it on before you get in the shower, so that you can easily shower it all off.
Cause Number 3: Hormone imbalance (in women)
Women with a hormone imbalance can get acne if they have too much testosterone. This can also happen in men who produce a lot of testosterone though the latter is more common and should rarely be treated because high levels of testosterone are natural in men, and extra hair growth in men is not really considered a bad thing in many societies.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is the second most common cause of infertility in women, the first being an STI infection. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome have high levels of androgynous hormones, such as testosterone, that are often associated with men. Because of this, they can have symptoms like infrequent menstruation, lots of hair, and even male-like acne and voice changes. Treatments include regular acne treatment as well as standard hormone therapy. PCOS is genetic and can be carried by men and is possibly one of the more genetic causes of acne.
This is a guest post by Murray Newlands. Murray and his company, Influence People, do blog relations with a variety of clients. Murray also advises bloggers on how to turn their blogs into cash cows by switching from Infolinks to more effective in-text monetization services.