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acne scarringAcne can occur at any phase of life with most of it occurring from puberty to menopause.  Acne causes inflammation and depending on the severity can lead to scarring.  Cystic acne is one of the main factors for scarring.  Cysts form underneath the skin making the skin to appear lumpy.  Even though the skin may heal, the cysts do not go away.  Whiteheads and blackheads rarely cause scarring.

Tips to prevent scarring:

1)      Keep hands away from the skin and do not pick!  Popping zits can spread p. Acnes bacteria to other areas underneath the skin.  p. Acnes is a staph infection.

2)      Seek out a skin care therapist who specializes in acne or a dermatologist.

3)      Stay out of the sun.  The old wives tale that sun exposure will control acne is a fallacy because it actually exacerbates the problem by causing the skin to produce more oil. It is also important to wear a sunscreen.

4)      Avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking, excessive intake of alcohol, high consumption of sugar, dairy products, caffeine and soft drinks.

There are no quick fixes when it comes to skin care.  Adhering to an acne skin care regime is paramount in helping the skin to heal.  This process could take 4-6 months, so do not despair.  Do not switch products every few weeks because this will only keep the body and skin in a state of confusion.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Health News Digest. (2013) “What types of acne are most likely to scar?” Retrieved December 13, 2013, from: http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Skin_Care_600/What-Types -of-Acne-are-Most-Likely-to-Scar.shtml