Acne Vulgaris

Acne Vulgaris: Acne doesn't make you vulgar

Having acne doesn’t make you vulgar

Acne vulgaris, or common acne, is something almost all adolescents experience, and can occur into old age. Hair follicles contain minute sebaceous glands. These secrete an oily substance, known as sebum, which lubricates and protects the skin. Excess sebum and dead cells can form plugs known as blackheads or comedones. The backup of sebum, usually combined with increased bacterial growth, leads to swelling and formation of the pustules and nodules known as acne.

Treatment aims to unblock pores, remove excess sebum, kill bacteria and promote healing. If early topical treatments fail, sometimes oral antibiotics are used. Retinoid drugs may help by reducing oil production, but should be used cautiously because of the potential for serious side effects.

Here are some simple steps that can help reduce acne:

Cleansing – Wash face gently (don’t scrub) with a mild, doctor-recommended cleanser once each morning, evening and after heavy exercise; rinse thoroughly; also, shampoo regularly

Don’t touch – Avoid frequent handling of the skin; don’t squeeze, pinch or pick at blemishes

Shave carefully – Men with acne should try electric or safety razors; always use sharp blades and soften beard with hot water or steam before shaving; shave only when necessary

Avoid sun – Take care with sun exposure, especially if using acne medications

Makeup – If you must use cosmetics, only use oil-free, “noncomedogenic” products

Dermatology – A visit to a dermatologist may be useful, for recommendations on cleansers, cosmetics, and best practices; prescription medications may also be helpful in some cases

Acupressure for face pain
Here is a list of acupressure points for Face Pain and for Skin.
If this is your first time, please read the instructions. Don’t use acupressure to replace standard emergency procedures or licensed medical treatment. If you are seriously injured or have acute symptoms seek urgent medical treatment.

Hair follicle
Sebaceous gland
Hair follicle
Sebaceous gland
Normal skin

Text and illustrations by Kevin T. Boyd