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Acne vulgaris, also known simply as acne, is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States. If you suffer from acne you know it’s more than just a few pimples on your face. Acne can affect every area of your life and make you feel alone, unattractive, even depressed. But now for some good news there are treatments that can help you get acne under control and let you enjoy life with clear skin and the confidence it brings.
When you see a red bump, whitehead or blackhead on your skin, it’s usually gone through four stages to get there. Step #1 is a clogged hair follicle or pore. Your skin cells are constantly renewing and when old cells die off they shed. The result: fresh, new skin about every month or so. However, if you’re acne-prone, these dead cells mix with the oil (aka sebum) on your skin, become sticky and clump together inside the pore. When that happens oil and the bacteria that causes acne (the p. acnes bacteria) gets trapped inside.
Step #2 in the formation of acne is the overproduction of oil. The question is why are you producing so much it? Basically, androgen hormones stimulate the release of sebum from the sebaceous glands attached to your pores. Things like puberty or emotional stress can increase androgen levels, causing you to produce more oil which leads to more clogged pores. Think of it like there’s a stopper, or plug, trapping gunk inside your pore. As you continue to produce oil it continues to be trapped behind the plug, which builds pressure and causes irritation.
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The acne cycle doesn’t occur overnight. In fact, it’s a slow process that occurs over the course of several weeks, well beneath the surface and well before the breakout appears on your face or body. Proactiv goes to work early in the cycle to help prevent clogged pores and keep you from breaking out. This helps break the acne cycle. Nothing can completely cure acne, but with the daily use of Proactiv you can help treat mild-to-moderate acne and prevent future breakouts. For more on how Proactiv can help break the acne cycle, click here or continue reading.