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Is all acne the same?

There are various types of acne: whiteheads, pimples, blackheads and cysts nodules are all types of acne.  There is also teenage acne and adult acne and all acne can vary in its severity. However, the treatment for all of these is very similar.

Why do I sometimes get whiteheads and sometimes blackheads? Because the causes for both are the same, and so your treatment of them should be similar too. It may be helpful to identify if you have any triggers. These factors can trigger or aggravate acne:

  • Hormones. Androgens are hormones that cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also can affect sebum production.
  • Stress can also be a factor in adult acne, as stress can cause havoc with your hormones too.
  • Pollution can be another factor, so keep your skin scrupulously clean. Midday, if it is difficult to wash, use a cotton pad and some gentle floral water or witch-hazel.  However, don’t over-cleanse by scrubbing or using harsh products that dry the skin.  This will only make the skin produce more sebum to compensate. Using a cleansing brush is good and better than your fingertips.
  • Diet. Avoid sugary foods and high fat diets.  Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and protein, which contains Omega 3, such as fish and walnuts.  Avoid Omega 6 foods.

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