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myDepressed with your stubborn adult pimples? Relax, as you can get rid of them with the new advanced range of treatment procedures. If you think that you cannot get rid of these pimples and the scars that they leave behind on your skin, then you are absolutely mistaken. With advanced medical equipment, treatment procedures, you can get rid of these pimples as well as their scars.

Although teenage acne disappears on their own, adult pimples are so stubborn and difficult to treat that it often becomes a persistent problem for many people just like you. If you have an oily and sensitive skin, then the condition will be even worse since the root cause of these acne and pimples is the excessive sebum secretion from your sebum glands that get deposited on the open pores of skin and in contact with bacterial infection, creates these pimples. Hence, when you are finding a solution for acne and your pimples, you need to find the best treatment procedure that will cater to these problems.

How to treat these pimples?

If traditional treatments haven't been beneficial for you and if you are looking for a solution for acne and pimples and, then you must switch to the laser treatments. With chemical peeling treatments as well as dermabrasion, you can get rid of your pimples and their scars. As in most of the cases, the scars are depressed scar that are very much visible on the skin, you need to opt for these techniques for removing these scars.

With this permanent treatment of acne, you will be able to notice the gradual disappearance of the scars and your skin getting an even and smooth texture. The laser or radiofrequency equipment helps the scars to lessen as they are brought closer to the surface of an even more tightened skin. Hence, scars become even less visible.

Choosing a good clinic:

These methods for permanent treatment of acne are professional techniques and cannot be done by yourself. Hence, you need to seek help from a good and renowned clinic that will assist you in this procedure and perform the needed treatment procedures that will be more suitable and applicable to your condition and situation. Therefore, trusting a clinic that gives you a thorough and detailed consultancy regarding how the procedures are done and how useful it might be for you, is always the best clinic.

A renowned dermatologist of doctor will always know about the latest techniques, technologies and pimple treatment. Therefore, it is very important that you choose a trustworthy and learned doctor with special degree in this regard. A good clinic will never offer before and after images of their patients for advertisement purposes, but they will let you know about the professional treatment methods and how they are done.

Whether the pimple treatment method will be suitable for you or not, if not, which method will be better for you, are some of the factors that the clinic and doctors there will consult with you. However, before you enrol to a clinic's treatment methods, you must get an idea of the number of sessions, costs that it will charge you and how much pain you will have to bear.

344What is acne?
In most cases, acne is an inherited disorder of the pores. Normal pores shed about one layer of dead skin cells per day inside the pore. The acne-prone pore sheds up to five layers of dead skin cells per day and the body just can't keep up with this level of exfoliation. The pores get clogged with dead skin cells, oil or sebum and create congestion under the skin creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. If bacteria are present, these clogged pores lead to inflammation, redness, and the formation of a microcomedone or pimple.

Not all acne lesions are created equal. Acne has many faces, but there are two main types. Non-inflamed and inflamed. Non-inflamed acne is a blackhead or whitehead. Inflamed acne occurs when a blackhead or whitehead erupts and irritates the follicle which causes redness, inflammation, pastules and/or pustules.

What causes acne?
There a lot of myths out there about what causes acne. The truth is, we don't really know what causes acne or an over-production of shedding skin cells. But, we can identify acne" triggers" and other factors that can contribute to the development of acne which include hormones, stress, medications, exercise, and cosmetics.

Myths demystified - The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!

Do hormones cause breakouts?
This is not a myth, but requires a little clarification. It's not actually your hormones in general that cause the breakouts, it's the "imbalance" of hormones which can lead to lower estrogen levels and causes an increase of oil production. Some other factors that can contribute to the development of acne include stress, medications, exercise, and cosmetics.

Acne is caused by dirty skin.
This is absolutely not true. Acne starts deep within the pore, and is caused by excessive shedding of dead skin cells. This has nothing to do with dirt or oil on the surface of your skin. You can wash your face multiple times a day (which I don't recommend), and it won't stop acne from forming. Acne is a skin disorder. When your body is unable to slough off excessive shedding skin cells, they get trapped inside your pores and stir up trouble. That's why it is extremely important to use the right combination of products to penetrate the pores, increase exfoliation, and stop acne where it starts.

Eating too much chocolate, drinking soda, or eating french fries causes acne.
While these are all "acne triggers", they aren't the root cause of acne. As a matter of fact, it's not the food itself, but rather what's on/in the food. For instance, it's not the french fry that aggravates acne, it's the "salt" on the fries. A diet high in iodides (salt) can make acne worse. Once iodine enters the bloodstream, the excess is excreted through our oil glands. This irritates the pores causing inflammation and breakouts. Foods high in sugar, like chocolate and soda, are also known to cause inflammation within the pore. In general, taking care of your body by eating a healthy, nutritious diet will always result in better looking skin.

You will naturally outgrow acne
Maybe you will, maybe you won't. Unfortunately, there's no way to determine who will and who won't outgrow acne. The culprit here again, is hormones. Hormones continue to flow and fluctuate throughout life, and so do acne breakouts. The good news is, no matter what age, acne can be managed with the right home care products and professional acne treatments.

As an acne specialist and owner of Soule Skin Spa in Woodland Hills, CA, Cheryl specializes in adult and teen acne, non-traumatic chemical peels, and ethnic skincare.

treAcne is a skin condition that can affect men and women at many different stages in life, ranging from those troublesome teenage years when excess sebum can wreak havoc on the skin, to the 30s and 40s where those that have never suffered from it before can suddenly develop the ailment.

Although there are many artificial products that are designed to help clear up acne, one long-established and very effective natural choice is tea tree oil. Although toxic when consumed, used in low concentrations as a topical product it can successfully treat a variety of medical and skin complaints.

This product is often used to treat acne due to the terpinen-4-ol that it contains, a constituent known for its anti-microbial properties. When applied to acne, it can effectively kill off the bacteria that cause it, leading to a great reduction in the swelling and redness that come along with the condition.

With that in mind, it is important to note that tea tree oil used neat can be very strong, causing skin irritation, blisters and itching. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to dilute the product before treating acne, so as to see results without further damaging the skin.

The product can be diluted by simply mixing it with warm water; try mixing tea tree oil will an equal part of warm water before applying to a freshly-cleaned face. Care should be taken to only apply the mixture to the areas of skin that are suffering from acne, so as to avoid causing irritation on other parts of the face.

To apply, use a cotton swab soaked in the mixture and administer directly to your acne. If you prefer, you can create an astringent for you face by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water, which then can be applied to the whole of the face before moisturising. Due to the potentially irritant qualities of the oil, avoid using any treatment more than once a day.

Tea tree oil can also be blended with other oils and products to create a face lotion or moisturiser. For an entirely natural approach, use recipes provided by reputable natural skin and beauty product retailers to make your own face cream, and then add a couple of drops of tea tree oil for its antimicrobial properties.

You could also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular shop-bought lotion of choice in order to create a product that is tailored to treating your acne. In all cases, do a patch test on a sensitive area of skin - such as the inside of your arm - before applying to your face; dab a little tea tree lotion on your skin and then leave for a few hours to see if any redness or irritation develops.

If it turns out that you are sensitive to this oil and it causes skin irritation during your patch test, there are other natural alternatives available to help ameliorate the appearance of acne. One of these is argan oil, which has been shown in studies to effectively improve the condition.

Argan oil is a very gentle alternative, which is highly unlikely to cause any irritation to the skin; to use it, apply it as a night-time moisturiser by massaging a few drops into a clean and damp face before sleeping. The product promotes skin healing and can greatly reduce the redness and irritation of acne over time.

Tea tree oil is a highly-effective natural ingredient for treating acne if used with caution. To ensure best results, dilute the product with water or as mix it with a lotion and use once daily to kill off acne-causing bacteria. If you find you are sensitive to the product, do not despair - gentle argan oil makes a safe and powerful alternative.

bgBlackheads occur as a result of excess naturally-produced oil and dead skin cells on the skin clogs the pores. A common misconception about blackheads is that they are caused by dirt. And, a blackhead is created if the pore is open and the clogged up pores turn black as the air hits the open, clogged pores. Scrubbing your face vigorously or many times a day will not get rid of blackheads. If anything, that will dry out your skin and cause irritation. It will also cause more oil to be produced, which will then cause more blackheads. It can be a vicious cycle. For this reason, do not use the facial scrubs or pore strips more than two or three times a week. Luckily, there are some easy, natural remedies available to get rid of those annoying skin woes.

    • Bentonite clay is a smart product to use when attempting to get rid of blackheads. It does a great job of drawing out the dirt and impurities in your skin, while nourishing your skin. Simply mix about a tablespoon of bentonite clay with enough water or apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Massage onto your face and let it sit for anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with warm water, and use a light moisturizer afterwards. If your skin is prone to drying out easily, use water instead of the apple cider vinegar.
    • Egg whites can be used to create a mask because they are less drying to your skin, and they have many nutrients that are good for your skin. First, separate the egg yolk of one egg from the egg white. Rinse your skin and gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the egg yolk onto your skin. Then, place a strip of toilet paper or facial tissue onto the area. After that, dab one more layer of the egg yolk onto your face. Apply a small amount of tissue over that layer. Let the mask dry, and remove the tissue. Wash your face with warm water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • The last great home remedy for blackheads is a mixture of milk and honey. Both have properties that do wonders for your skin. Mix one tablespoon of raw organic honey with one teaspoon of milk. Microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, and then mix thoroughly. After checking the temperature, apply a thin layer and then gently pat a thin layer of cotton strips. Let it dry (about 20 minutes), then take the cotton strips off and rinse your face with cool water. Pat your face dry and moisturize.

As you can see, there are many safe, gentle, inexpensive, and effective ways to get rid of blackheads. Try any or all of these remedies the next time you see the dreaded blackheads starting to form. Your skin will thank you!

This article is originally written by me. I am civil engineer and a part time freelance writer.