In our last blog post, we shared a few ways in which you can take care of stretch marks. Today, we shift our focus to another common skin issue that many of us face – acne, a.k.a pimples.
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by an increase in oil gland activity, combined with the effect of hormones, resulting in inflammation. Hormonal spurts during puberty is one reason that acne is very often seen in teenagers.
- Hot and / or humid climates
- Oils or heavy creams, especially for acne-prone individuals
- Diet. Foods that have a high glycemic load like simple carbohydrates, chocolates, and fried foods can contribute to acne
- PCOS. The hormonal effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome/disease can often cause acne in females
How bad can my acne get?
Acne usually occurs in areas with rich oil gland activity like the face, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.
- Grade 1 consists of blackheads and whiteheads with occasional raised red eruptions
- Grade 2 is similar to Grade 1, but with more inflamed red eruptions, some of which may be pus-filled
- Grade 3 is similar to Grade 2, but with many pus filled eruptions, as well as nodules that can be felt deep in the skin
- Grade 4 consist of nodules and abscesses along with scars
Do I need to treat acne, or will it stop on its own?
How can I treat acne?
In the upcoming Part 2 of our acne series, we will cover some common acne treatment options. Remember, however, that any treatment for acne should only be undertaken on the advice of a dermatologist.