When one has a pimple, the natural tendency is to prick. In fact, dermatologists advise us against pricking because it may cause deep scarring of the skin especially when don with unclean hands or pricking utensils.
Pricking caused mild to deep scarring of the skin. That's why to avoid permanent acne scars, it is best not to prick at all as sometimes even mild acne can cause scarring. Most scars start off red in appearance then gradually fade over a period of weeks or moths leaving a pitted look on the skin.
A survey in the US has found out that teenagers and adults all resort to the kitchen sink when it comes to clearing their acne, despite of what they're told by their dermatologists. Ninety percent of adults compared to 76 percent of teenagers said they prick their acne.
When it comes to techniques, 25 percent of people say they have used a pin or needle to get rid of a pimple. Majority of teens and adults have used their fingers, a washcloth, or tissue to get rid of a zit. Males are far more likely to use a pin or needle to eliminate a pimple than females.
Types of Scars
There are a number of different scars caused by acne. Ice pick scars are deep pits that are the most common and a classic sign of acne scarring. Box car scars are angular scars that usually occur on the temple and cheeks. This type of scar is superficial or deep; similar to chickenpox scars. Rolling scars are scars that give the skin a wave-like appearance. Hypertrophic scars are thickened or keloid scars. Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, Vitamin E, silicon gel sheet, glycolic acid and mederma are some acne scar treatments available today.
A Potent Remedy
One potent treatment for acne is adapalene, an anti-acne molecule that is highly recommended by dermatologists. Adapalene encourages the formation of normal skin cells that will eventually minimize the appearance of scars. It also discourages the formation of acne lesions. Results can be seen between eight to 12 weeks.
A topical retinoid, adapalene reduces redness or irritation of the skin, even those with sensitive skin. Because it is water based, adapalene, after application, easily penetrates skin pores and goes directly to the affected skin area in seconds. Effective in treating blackheads and whiteheads that often lead to pimples, adapalene is now used for acne medications, with thousands of satisfied users in the country and across the globe.
So giving in to "pore pressure" should not be tolerated because it may bring about permanent scarring onto your skin. Keep your hands or any other utensil off your problem zit and always consult your dermatologist as to the best remedy for it. Remember that pricking is not the solution. One thing or another, it can damage your skin along the way, so beware!
Source: Agatep Associates, Inc.
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