The first thing to consider is why
acne occurs. Acne breakouts happen when the pores of the skin become clogged. In addition, those pores can also be infected by one or more types of bacteria, which cause inflammation and reddening of the skin. Within the pores, there are two different structures that become involved in an acne condition. The first structure is the hair root, also called a bulb, from which the hairs grows (even those fine hairs that are difficult to see). The other structure in the pore is called the sebaceous gland, which produces the natural oil that moisturizes and protects the skin. The sebum produced by this gland is slightly acidic and is a combination of both oil and a type of wax.
Sometimes, the pore becomes clogged with excess sebum, as well as flaked-off skin cells. In addition, there can also be some airborne materials – dust, dirt, smoke, chemicals and pollen – which can add to the clog. There are also bacteria, including some types commonly found on the skin, called Propionibacerum acnes
and Staphlocaoccus epidermis
. These may cause inflammation and the reddish appearance and sore feeling that are associated with an acne breakout. The signs of acne can include blackheads, whiteheads and those pimples (called pustules
) that everyone hates.
How can medicated pads from the acne care
collection help? Most pads contain at least one ingredient that helps to clean out the debris from the pores, while also helping to reduce the number of bacteria that cause the inflammation and redness that make people feel self-conscious. One of these medications is called benzoyl peroxide, which may be an effective anti-bacterial way to kill off some of the P. acnes invaders. It also helps to clear out the clogged debris of dead skin cells and deposited material from the environment. Many medicated pads also contain salicylic acid, which is not only bactericidal – that means it kills the acne-causing bacteria – but it also actively helps to dissolve the shed skin cells that may clog pores.
There may be side-effects in using these products. Medicated pads that include benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid may cause skin to become dry and flaky, look reddened, feel sensitive to direct sunlight and even peel. These side-effects can be overcome if you take special care of your skin. If you want to use medicated pads to help with acne conditions, you might consider a skin moisturizer
with anti-inflammatory ingredients to help soothe your skin. Also, the use of a sunscreen is advised to protect the skin from sunlight. It is recommended you consult your healthcare professional for advice about which products are best for your specific conditions. Be sure to discuss your medical history and disclose any medications that you make be taking at this time.
Medicated pads can be a great way to help your skin look and feel better. Use them as part of a skincare regimen to help reduce the conditions that can lead to acne breakouts and to recover faster when they happen.
*The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that you apply a small amount of any over the counter acne medication to one or two small affected areas for 3 days when using it for the first time. This will help you to make sure you don’t exhibit any hypersensitivity symptoms before using the product more broadly. If no discomfort occurs, be sure to follow the directions on the label and review the Drug Facts.
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