Acne Vulgaris Causes &
Most Effective Treatments

Acne vulgaris happens when it affects the regions of your skin that contain the heaviest concentration of sebaceous follicles. The most common areas that contain the most sebaceous follicles that are affected the most are your face, back, neck and the upper part of your chest.

In addition, acne vulgaris can also have a heavy impact on other parts of your body as well, like your head and sometimes even your genital area.

There are “four” major factors that are generally responsible for the growth of acne. These four are:

1. Excess Sebum- hormonal changes that greatly influence the formation of acne vulgaris.

2. Follicular epidermal hyperproliferation and hyperkeratinization- the increased levels of adrenally derived androgen dehydropiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) work in correlation to create new microcomedos.

3. Propionibacterium acnes(aka P. acnes)- causes inflammation by producing proinflammatory mediators that get distributed through the follicle walls.

4. Inflammation- inflammation in reaction to its association to P. acnes.

Benzoyl Peroxide the Most Effective Cure

Benzoyl Peroxide was truly designed with acne vulgaris sufferers in mind because not only does it treat existing acne it also is potent enough to prevent acne breakouts as well. So you can even use it when your acne has cleared. However, be aware that there are different strength levels in different products, usually ranging from around 2.5 to 10.0 percent. Why?

The reason why there are different strength levels is because of the super strong potency effect of benzoyl peroxide. Too much and it can be extremely drying and irritating to your skin. Lesser potency level preparations, such as 2.5 percent, irritate your skin less than 5 percent and 10 percent concentration levels, plus they are much more cost effective; however they still have the potency to eliminate acne.

An ideal usage strategy would be to start out using the lowest dosage possible, and then gradually move up in strength levels on an as needed basis. Here are some easy usage guidelines:

1. Once a day you should cleanse your face thoroughly. Afterwards apply a small very thin layer to the regions of your skin that are prone to acne. Always avoid your lips, eyes and definitely the corners of your mouth. These areas are the most sensitive and should always be avoided.

2. As your level of tolerance builds up you can use it up to once or even twice a day if you are not making much progress.

When selecting a benzoyl peroxide based treatment, keep these tips in mind:

  • Benzoyl peroxide is a very potent treatment, so it can be very irritating to your skin if not used properly. So you should always avoid harsh, drying soaps and rough cleaning products when you are using benzoyl peroxide to fight acne vulgaris.
  • Remember that peroxide can and will bleach hair, clothing, and sheets. Peroxide is a powerful bleaching ingredient. Be sure that after you apply benzoyl peroxide that it has dried entirely before the treated areas of your skin touches anything like your clothes, towels and sheets.
  • Makeup and other skin-care products can be used right on top of benzoyl peroxide.
  • Prevent new acne lesions from manifesting by continuing to use benzoyl peroxide even after your acne is clear.
  • Lastly, BE PATIENT, acne can sometimes respond slowly to treatments. It can sometimes take 2 or more months before you see dramatic changes. So don’t get discourage.

Additional “Secret” Acne Vulgaris Treatment Options That Work!

Retinols and Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. This type of treatment can relieve and soothe acne by increasing your skin cells turnover rate and encouraging rejuvenation in addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinols are sometimes used by itself or it can be used in combination with alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs).

Glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) products are one of the most frequently used for facial treatments, also lactic and citric acids are also used as well.

A lot of AHA’s come from fruits, which is why they are sometimes known as “fruit acids.” They are also incredible at exfoliating your skin.

Acne Soaps for Skin Care

Foaming washes that are antibacterial as well as scrubs and soap bars are also available in many shapes and sizes to eliminate acne vulgaris and keep your pores clean clear and debris free. Some actually contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and some even have triclosan which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent chemical cleanser that removes all the extra sebaceous secretions.

For more acne skin care best kept “secret” tips and advice see the “Acne Skin Care” section for information and advice that get real results.

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