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Acne breakouts, their causes, and treatments: A complete guide

There is a good chance that you have dealt with pimples or acne breakouts at some point in your life. Stress and a hectic lifestyle have caused breakouts to become more common among even older people. Although you might think of acne as an infection of the skin, it is not that simple. To understand the cause and how to remedy this infection, we need to examine it in detail.

How does acne form?

Typically, acne lesions (pimples) appear when bacteria, oils, and dried skin fill up and inflame pores. Pores are tiny openings in the skin’s surface. They allow oil and sweat to escape. Dead skin cells can block pores if they fall off your skin every hour. Approximately 40,000 skin cells are shed every hour. The pores can become clogged and cause whiteheads or blackheads in some cases. These pores can become inflamed and cause a variety of acne types. Between 11 and 30 yaers of age, about 80% of the population is likely to be affected. Acne is most common among teenagers because of their changing hormone levels. Among adults, the cause of acne is stress, environmental pollution, acne-causing chemicals, and birth control pills, although hormones can still be involved.

How do acnes look, and what types of acne are there?

There are many different types of acne. More often than not, whiteheads and blackheads heal quite smoothly. However, the following types can leave scars:

  1. Pustules: Lesions filled with pus. The bottom is red, and the top is yellow or white.
  2. Papules: The bumps are pink to red and hurt when touched.
  3. Cysts: The cytoplasm of the skin is filled with cysts. Often, they are painful and filled with pus, and scars are almost inevitable.
  4. Nodules: Solid Lesions. Because they extend deeper into the skin, they tend to be larger and can cause more pain than papules and pustules.

Acne scars: What causes them?

Your skin is your largest organ. It is composed of three distinct layers. From outermost to innermost, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis are all made up of cells. By absorbing sunlight, these layers help your body produce vitamin D, as well as shield your vital organs from UV rays and bacteria. Acne doesn’t just affect the face – the back, neck, and chest are prone to it too.

Skin blemishes that cause acne scars are prone to inflammation. In an acne pore, the wall becomes inflamed and breaks down. A few acne scars form from small acne lesions, and they heal quickly. Blemishes can sometimes leak their contents into surrounding tissues, causing deeper scarring. By producing new collagen fibers, the skin responds to the scar.

The scars left behind by acne can take two forms: either an indentation in the skin surface results from a loss of tissue; or a raised scar. Having acne scars like this is a sign that your skin is working hard – but maybe too hard. The skin creates collagen to heal the acne wound, but excessive collagen can leave a raised scar. Don’t forget that acne doesn’t necessarily result in scarring. In addition, some acne scars do not have to be permanent. They can be treated. With some treatments, the skin can heal by itself, while other acne scar removal treatments help the scars nearly disappear.

Can you reduce the scar?

You can reduce the appearance of scarring by using one or more of these acne scar removal approaches, depending on the severity and type of scar you have. Nevertheless, some people may experience pain throughout other parts of their body like their back, arms, chest, and neck.  Depending on the severity of the scar and its type, you might benefit from a combination of the following acne scar removal approaches.

  1. Fillers for soft tissues: Adding collagen or fat to the skin can plump up the skin over scars. The idea is to diminish the appearance of scars. This is a temporary result, so it must be repeated. Little risk is associated with this method.
  2. Home remedy: Using sunscreen reduces the contrast between scarred skin and unscarred skin. Azelaic acid or hydroxy acids may also be helpful in some medicated creams.
  3. Skin needling: To stimulate collagen formation in the underlying tissue, your doctor uses a needle-studded device to roll over the skin. Scarring caused by acne can be treated with this simple, safe technique. Skin discolouration is minimal. However, you may need multiple treatments.
  4. Laser resurfacing: An increasing number of people are using this therapy to treat scars that used to require dermabrasion. Patients with darker skin or keloids have an increased risk of side effects.
  5. Steroid injection: You can improve your skin’s appearance by injecting steroids into certain types of raised scars.
  6. Other energy-based acne scar removal approach: Using radiofrequency devices or pulsed light, you can reduce the visibility of scars while not damaging the outer skin layer. This procedure might require to be redone.
  7. Dermabrasion: More severe scarring usually requires this procedure. An instrument rotated rapidly removes the top layer of skin. Acne scars may disappear entirely or appear less noticeable if they are deeper.
  8. Botox: Around acne scars, the skin can pucker. It is believed that Botox may improve acne scars by relaxing surrounding skin. The effect lasts for a few days. Hence, repeat treatments are required.
  9. Surgery: Your doctor will remove acne scars by punch excision and repair the wound with stitches or skin grafts. In a subcision a needle is inserted under the skin to break up scar tissue beneath the skin.
  10. Chemical peel: Scar tissue is removed by applying a chemical solution to minimize deeper scars and remove the top layer of skin. If you want to maintain your results, repeat mild or medium peels. If you want to maintain your results, repeat deep peels.

Our skin’s oil-producing glands produce sebum so that our skin can look healthy and supple. As a result of clogged pores caused by oil and dead skin, acne breakouts happen when bacteria multiply and cause breakouts. Itchy skin, pus, redness, and itching can be symptoms that follow the bacterial infection as it multiplies. People with acne most commonly suffer from acne on their faces. If you have serious skin problems, you shouldn’t go for home remedies like drinking plenty of water or washing your face frequently. Your doctor will assist you better. Understanding our skin is the first important step towards treating acne.

Fathiyya Al Shaikh

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