Acne Products

Written by Serena Berger
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Acne is a skin condition which results in various kinds of bumps and blemishes. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts can all plague you when sebum gets stuck in your pores. When the pore is open, a reaction takes place with oxygen in the air and turns the oil and debris in the pore black--hence, a blackhead. When the pore is covered, you see a white bump--a whitehead.

A pimple is an infection, caused when the sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells that would make a blackhead or whitehead actually get under the skin. This happens if the wall of a pore is somehow broken. A cyst is a bigger infection, caused when a clogged up pore opens even deeper inside the skin.

If you're looking for acne products from a drug store or major cosmetic company, there are two common types that you're likely to find. Benzoyl peroxide dries out the skin and kills bacteria that can lead to acne. Salicylic acid breaks down blackheads and whiteheads, dissolving some of the problematic material in them or the dead skin cells covering them.

The Limitations of Common Acne Products

These non-prescription products are much likelier to be effective on blackheads and whiteheads than on pimples and cysts. They cannot get inside a pimple or cyst and treat the infection which is causing the bright redness and extreme swelling. For severe acne, you will need to get products or treatment from a doctor who can give you an antibiotic or consider hormone-based treatment.

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