How to Prevent Inflammatory Acne
When it comes to acne, all blemishes are not created equal. Non-inflammatory acne lesions are whiteheads and blackheads that occur when the pores are clogged with oil. When acne lesions are inflamed, however, the pores are clogged with oil and bacteria, according to Nutra Legacy. This is a problem because the body reacts to the bacteria, creating a lesion that is more severe, such as a pustule, pustule or nodule. Because these lesions are more difficult to treat than non-inflammatory acne, preventing acne from becoming inflamed can eliminate the need to treat acne with prescription medications.
Refrain from picking at or popping any whiteheads or blackheads that occur on the skin. Picking at these non-inflammatory blemishes can rupture the skin wall and lead to the development of inflammatory blemishes, according to Acne.org. Popping the skin can also introduce bacteria into the area, causing the blemish to become inflamed.
Wash the face twice daily with a salicylic acid face wash. This face wash will help to loosen clogged pores--especially whiteheads and blackheads, according to Allergy Escape. Reducing the amount of whiteheads and blackheads can help to prevent inflammatory acne from forming.
Apply a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment to any areas where blackheads or whiteheads form. Benzoyl peroxide acts both as an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin that can lead to the development of acne. Benzoyl peroxide helps to reduce the oil that can clog the pores. If you prefer a natural treatment, a concentration of 5 percent tea tree oil acts much in the same way, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Utilize an exfoliating scrub once per week in order to reduce the amount of pore-clogging dead skin cells on the skin. This can help to prevent the development of blackheads and whiteheads. Exfoliate only once per week, however. Exfoliating more often can rob the skin of oil and actually contribute to acne breakouts.
See your physician to determine if an oral contraceptive prescription may be right for you. Oral contraceptives help to regulate hormone fluctuations that can lead to the overproduction of pore-clogging oil, according to Mayo Clinic. Because taking oral contraceptives can cause side effects such as breast tenderness, nausea and headaches, it's important to evaluate risks and benefits with your physician.
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