Acne, which includes pimples, is a common skin condition caused by “plugged” skin cells. The disease can typically occur on the face, chest, neck, back, and shoulders. According to Mayo Clinic, nearly ninety percent (90%) of teenagers develop the condition.
The Deadly Triangle
The area located from the bridge of the nose to the upper lip is medically known as the “deadly triangle.” It is extremely important NOT to pop pimples in this area of the face. Blood vessels in this zone drain back to the head. If the area “popped” within the deadly triangle becomes infected, the pollution can travel through the vessels to the brain leading to vision challenges, brain abscess, meningitis, and even death.
Resist the Temptation
Resist the temptation to “pop” pimples, period. There are other solutions which will help resolve the skin condition. Applying warm washcloths to the face will help to open the pores of the skin. For those with acne on other parts of the body, a nice steamy shower will provide the same benefits.
Non-prescription acne lotions and cleansers may help resolve the acne, but be aware the Food and Drug Administration warns some products can cause serious reactions. Seek out natural treatments and speak with the family physician for more information.
Factors which Increase Acne
Certain factors naturally increase the risk of developing acne. Hormone changes is one of the most common. As hormones surge, the sebaceous glands increase in size and create more sebum (oily substances).
Certain medications can cause, or worsen, acne. This includes corticosteroids, lithium, and androgens, as noted by Mayo Clinic.
Dietary factors can intensify the occurrence of acne. Dairy products and carbohydrate-rich foods can increase the development of acne. One research study finds men who eat chocolate may be at increased risk for developing the skin condition.
Stress can cause acne to become worse. Stress should be minimized on a regular basis by listening to music, exercising, eating healthy, and getting plenty of rest. Living a healthy lifestyle will bring improved results.
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