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Going Deeper: The Inconvenient Truth About Acne
Acne must be a forbidden word that most teenagers do not want to hear.

Let truth be told that at one point in our life, we think of how to get rid of the ugly acne spots on our face. I may be a mid-20 person but I find still find acne part of my "current" reality.

Related Read: Acne and Hormones

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How an Acne is Formed

An acne blemish begins approximately 2-3 weeks before it appears on our skin’s surface. So while it may seem we get a pimple overnight, what we actually see is the final stage of a much longer process.

Let us talk about a deeper science of acne formation. It starts in our sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes we know as pores. Deep within each follicle, our sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps our skin moist and pliable.

As our skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with our skin’s natural oils, and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin. Dead skin cells may block the pores, resulting to over accumulation of oil underneath.
Bacteria that live on the skin naturally begin to grow and multiply in this site, triggering an inflammatory response causing a red, angry pore that we may see as pimple already at the tail-end of the acne formation process.

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Honestly, these have been discussed with us when we were in grades chool as part of Science but we roughly understand it because the only thing we literally experience is the ugly acne in the final stage.

What provokes acne then? Our mothers may have different versions of how acne is formed and how to treat it.

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by eating too much chocolates or oily foods, nor does it occur exclusively on teenagers.  I remember friends blaming chocolate for their miserable life caused by acne.

Acne is a cyclic process that everyone experiences, and can occur at any age. Thus, it is a lie when people say that we can say goodbye to acne once our teenager years are over.
Stress, periods, climate, cosmetic products (comedogenic), drugs and industrial chemical are factors that provoke acne.

Have we not noticed that when we got so much stressed in our day-to-day routines, we end up romanticizing the killing of the ugly acne on our face?

The Battle Against Acne

Let us admit it- there is no miracle diet to clear acne, but a healthy, balanced diet can help your skin fight acne. It is basic, is it not?

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- We choose fresh and unprocessed foods from all four groups and drink eight glasses of water a day, or more when you exercise. We must have heard Alex Gonzaga explained that in our earlier article.

Cleanse - To maintain clear skin, we stick to a daily acne-fighting skin-care routine. We gently wash our face with a soap-free exfoliating cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells. We avoid over washing, which dries out our skin and causes it to produce even more oil.

Protect - While small amounts of sun exposure may seem to clear acne at first, the sun actually dries our skin, causing it to produce more oil and dead cells, creating the ideal environment for blemishes. Avoiding excess sun exposure and wearing of at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even if it's cloudy, is recommended.

Rest – This is what I need- a good night's sleep (7-8 hours) that can do wonders for our complexion and immune system, which helps fight infection to clear acne more quickly.

Exercise - Our skin benefits from an increase in blood flow and blood oxygen level achieved by exercise. If we are prone to body acne, we wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing when exercising, and shower with an acne-fighting body wash soon after.

Relax - Acne starts inside hair follicles, where your sebaceous glands produce the protective oil that keeps skin soft and supple. Hormones control these glands, and psychological stress affects hormone levels. Too much stress can yield too much oil and trigger the acne cycle. 

So we relax—take a bath, go for a walk, do yoga or whatever we want to make us feel happy and calm.

How Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy stops acne?

1. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) works by removing dead skin cells, ensuring that the pores don’t get clogged.

The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils.

2. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kill the bacteria and prevent proliferation.

3. The Refining Mask helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.

As what I have been discussing in our previous blog posts, Proactiv is designed to attack acne “proactively” – delivering the right concentration of medicines and acne-care agents, in the right order and concentrations, to help control the acne cycle before breakouts occur.

If we have acne, Proactiv Solution is the key to clear complexion. As proven by thousands in the US, Proactiv is safe and effective for almost everyone with mild to moderate acne – healing the breakouts you may have today and keeping your complexion clear by helping to prevent future breakouts.

By clearing the skin, Proactiv also helps blemishes from leaving behind permanent scars. This is my problem since my skin is very sensitive to bruises.

Proactiv combines mild concentrations of antimicrobial acne medicine with botanical skin-care agents to gently remove excess dead skin cells and oil (to keep pores from clogging); to kill acne causing bacteria inside pores; and to soothe redness and irritation. Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide.

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Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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