The facts you never knew about pimples

By Jana Taylor

Want the low-down on those nasty skin eruptions?  Here’s a list of some acne facts you may not know!

Why don’t I get pimples on my hands and feet?
Acne happens primarily near the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing the oil that can get clogged in pores.  These glands are in areas like the nose, forehead and chin– but not hands and feet!

Acne is the #1 skin condition in the United States.
The Academy of Dermatology says that acne affects 40 to 50 million Americans. Acne usually begins in the teen years but is not limited to younger people.  It can still strike in your 30s, 40s and even 50s. Known as adult onset acne, these breakouts are most common in women, especially those going through menopause, thanks to fluctuating hormone levels.  And, as it turns out, adult acne is on the rise.

There’s only one way to get a pimple, and it isn’t eating chocolate or wearing makeup.

When oil glands overproduce oil and combine with dead skin cells, blockages develop in your pores and hair follicles. Then, bacteria develop in those clogged follicles and pores, causing acne to appear.  Of course there are ways to make an existing acne break out worse…

Things you do can make acne worse.

Some lesser known ways to make your existing acne worse are for your skin to come in contact with things like: used yoga mats, dirty bedding, and even oily hair.  Your genes will also play a significant role and of course diet and exercise can affect how bad your break out becomes.  Sometimes even friction between skin and clothes can exacerbate the problem.

Washing your face a lot won’t clear up blemishes.
Too much washing and exfoliating can actually make your acne problems worse. It irritates and dries out your skin, which makes you produce more oil. And overdoing it with traditional acne treatments you may have turned to as a teenager can have the same effect. So stick to washing your face no more than twice a day, medicate, and then moisturize.  We suggest a non-drying, natural formula such as Acne Rescue™.

Toothpaste is for teeth, not skin.

You may have heard of this trick to get rid of acne, and as much as you may want to try it – do not apply toothpaste to your pimples.  There is no evidence it works, and even if it did “dry out the skin” around your pimples, this is not good for reducing acne because it forces your body to produce more oil.

There is a group of people that are acne-free.
There is a small group of Kitvan islanders in tropical Papa New Guinea who have no reported acne.  Book me a ticket, pronto!

Sun exposure can help minimize breakouts.
Spending small amounts of time in the sun can help with acne — 10 to 20 minutes is ideal, but too much can be a bad thing.  In addition to a nasty sunburn, too much sun exposure can dry out your skin and cause more breakouts and darken existing acne scars. No one wants that!  So be careful about sun exposure.

Now that you are an expert on acne, all you need now is to arm yourself with a great natural formula like Acne Rescue, and get ready to say goodbye to your pimples!

Jana Taylor Jana Taylor is a staff writer for Peaceful Mountain.