We all remember the devastation of discovering a blemish minutes before a big dance in high school, but just because we aren't teens anymore doesn't mean pimple problems are gone for good. Unfortunately, the blemish before the big dance has been replaced with the blemish before the big meeting. Since acne is a lifelong nemesis for many, there’s never a bad time to become better educated about ways to prevent and treat acne breakouts.
Beyond chocolate as the culprit. Acne starts in your skin's oil glands. Normally, this oil, known as sebum, travels up your follicles carrying dead skin cells to the surface of your skin. However, your pores can become blocked by an increase in hormones that stops the oil from reaching your skin and causes bacteria to grow in the follicle.1 Your body takes action against infection, causing the area to become inflamed, which results in those small, dreaded red sores, as well as blackheads and whiteheads. While your body learned to cope with the abundance of oil produced throughout adolescence, you’ve probably resigned yourself to ride out the annoying flare-ups since. Well, you’re not alone—adult acne affects more than half of all women and a quarter of all men at some time in their adult lives.2
Don’t surrender. If you suspect that your cosmetics may be contributing to your blemishes, try to spend a few weeks makeup-free and observe the results. It's also important to cut down on stress and stick to a regular skin care regimen, which includes washing your face every morning and evening. While that’s a great start, there are times when it may not be enough. Supplement your regimen with a product that helps treat the condition with the Obagi CLENZIderm M.D.™ System. CLENZIderm M.D. is the only prescription-strength acne system that contains a unique form of 5% benzoyl peroxide designed specifically to penetrate to the root of your acne problems.
Clear skin fast and help maintain a healthy complexion for a lifetime with CLENZIderm M.D. Also, be sure to see your dermatologist at least once a year—visit our Physician Finder to find a doctor who can recommend the Obagi products that are right for you.
1. Medical News Today. What is acne? What causes acne? How to get rid of acne. Medical News Today Website.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/107146.php. Accessed June 1, 2012.
2. Kern DW. Adult acne. Acne.org Web site.
http://www.acne.org/adult-acne.html. Accessed June 1, 2012.