Acne is a common skin disease which affects millions of people, often starting in their teenage years. Sebum (oil) normally drains to the skin’s surface, but somehow gets blocked in the follicles (pores), causing bacteria to grow.
There’s much debate on what causes acne, but it’s often traced to hormones or heredity. Regardless of the cause, acne can leave people feeling insecure or apprehensive about their appearance. There are several treatments options available, but it’s best to see a dermatologist for further evaluation.
Acne can be classified as either inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Whiteheads and blackheads are non-inflammatory and most common. Whiteheads are tiny white spots that are below the skin’s surface. A blackhead opens to the surface and the oil turns a brown or black color. Blackheads are not dirt and cannot be washed away. Both whiteheads and blackheads can heal if left alone.
Inflammatory acne is caused when the follicle wall ruptures, which causes nodules or cysts to form. Most people try to pop inflamed zits or pimples but doing so may actually delay healing and cause further skin irritation.
Washing away surface oils repeatedly throughout the day might make you feel better, but all of this extra cleaning will likely irritate your skin and cause more problems. The best way to clean your skin is to wash it gently with a mild soy based cleanser.
Soy based cleansers are perfect for acne prone skin because of their natural cleansing and moisturizing abilities. Soy cleansers do not contain harmful chemicals or fragrances which might irritate the skin. Soy based cleansers remove dirt, makeup and bacteria, but won’t strip skin of essential oils. Even acne sufferers need a barrier against moisture loss. Soy based cleansers are also nearly foamless and are easily rinsed off.
Soy based cleaners are also gentle and effective for those who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dry, oily or combination skin.
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