Dealing with acne is the absolute pits whether you are a teenager or an adult. Growing up or arriving is trying enough. Everyone wants to fit in and feeling comfortable in your own skin should be the last thing that you worry about on top of everything else life dishes out. Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. You had rather not have the problem now, but most people really want to become acne free before the summer sun turns the sweat factory on. Nothing complicates this problem more than having acne show up on your chest and back as well as your face. After all what did you do to deserve this?

Maybe it isn’t your fault. Really bad acne can be hereditary. Gee, thanks mom or dad for this great gift. Matter of fact, the more people in your family tree that had acne, the more your chances of inheriting this problem. According to a 2009 Journal of Investigative Dermatology, you can blame dear old mom for your acne. It appears that if your mother had acne, so will you. Maybe she didn’t, nor does anyone else in your family have a history of acne problems. If so, you will have an easier time at becoming acne free than those with a family history. Not to worry, if you have a family history, not all is lost for you either. There are so many treatments out on the market nowadays, there is one that will allow you to become acne free too.

Let’s investigate some ways to combat this problem. There are many circumstances that can aggravate your skin and cause flare-ups. Acne comes from hormones such as testosterone. These hormones can cause over activity of the sebaceous oil glands. Couple that with bacteria and blocked pores, and you are well on your way to a full blown breakout. Hormonal changes are imminent during puberty, but can increase with stress. The more you freak out about your acne, the more stressed you become. The end result, the more breakouts you will encounter. Tip 1. Don’t get so stressed out because this can be treated, and you will eventually become acne free.

The first change that you should make in becoming acne free is in how you wash your face. No more scrubbing. I know, how else are you going to exfoliate. You don’t need to at this time. The more that you rub on your skin, the more it will become inflamed and irritated. This includes washing it. When you shower just let the warm, not hot water trickle down your face. After it is wet take your cleanser and place a generous amount of it in your hands and make a lather. The more cleanser, the better. Now using only your fingertips start messaging the lather in light circular strokes on your face. Let the solution glide across your skin. This process should not take a full minute to complete. That is all the time you need to be touching your face. When you get ready to dry off gently pat your face with a clean towel. Finish the rest of your routine before applying any products to your face because you want it to air dry for at least five minutes. This will allow your acne medicine to absorb better.

Now you should be ready to apply your acne medicine of choice. There are many chemicals used for the treatment of acne such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Resorcinol, Salicylic Acid, and Sulfur. If you have mild acne you can purchase your products over the counter. Try to use products that contain 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. Neutrogena On The Spot is available over the counter and it contains 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. This should be strong enough to kill the bacteria associated with your acne. Anything stronger will have to be prescribed by a doctor. Salicylic Acid can be found in products like Stridex. It is used to stop the shedding of cells lining the oil glands. The other two chemicals are geared more towards making adults acne free. They work by breaking up the material in the pimple.

If you have back and neck acne consider wearing cotton shirts with a crew neck. Cotton allows the skin to breath and the crew neck keep the shirt from irritating the neck. Avoid anything that irritates the skin such as backpacks and neckties or necklaces during breakouts. Treat the acne on your back and neck after workouts by shower immediately afterwards. Apply acne medication with 10% Alpha Hydroxyl for stubborn acne. You should have good result and become acne free with these products.

If you have severe acne, then a dermatologist is the only answer. Your doctor can give you oral medications such as tetracycline or erythromycin as well as topical agents that are retinoid, or stronger doses of Benzoyl Peroxide. Females over 15 years old can use the oral contraceptive Ortho-Tricyclen to decrease hormones associated with acne. This should be your next step in combating acne after you have given over-the-counter products at least 4 weeks to work. Many times acne really needs a 3 month regime to completely clear up before resorting to prescription to free yourself of acne. Tetracycline can yellow the teeth of individual who do not have their permanent teeth yet.

Finally, if that doesn’t take care of your acne, then Accutane can. It is the last resort due to the side effects encounter during use of this product. I know for a fact that it absolutely works because it came down to this with my ex-husband. He had cystic acne that was beginning to create acne scars. He experience many side effects that went away as his body became use to the medicine. It is imperative that you do not become pregnant or that you do not impregnate someone while using this product. Your dermatologist can discuss the details of all the side effects related to this product, however, it does work.

Other things that you can do to become acne free before summer is to drink plenty of water. This will keep toxins flushed out of your body and improve your circulation. It will also keep the skin hydrated. Take a complete vitamin everyday while you are combating this problem. Most acne sufferers are vitamin A and D deficient. Try to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight a day and this will boost your vitamin D. Avoid meats that are fatty and probably contain even more hormones that you don’t need. Increase your vegetable and fruit intake to become acne free. Keep hands off of your face and anything else that might irritate it such as sunglasses, sweatbands, cell phones, and hair gels. One of the most important things that you can do to speed the healing process is to moisturize after completing your acne cleansing regimen. Most of you will want to avoid this step, but do not. This will keep your skin free of being dry and flaky. Try Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion and you will see good results from this product. Start making these changes today and you should be acne free by the time the summer fun begins.