Acne can be a traumatic thing to a teenagers’ life. It can also come on later in life. Either way it can cause scars and blemishes to the skin and in very extreme cases can engulf the entire face and the upper body. When it becomes very bad, it can cause withdrawal from society, low self esteem, and depression. Dealing with bad acne takes a lot of courage and with the help of friends and family, and possibly a little medication, you can diminish the acne and carry on with your life.
Acne is caused when the pores of the skin become clogged with the oil naturally produced in your pores, called sebum. This traps bacteria in the pore which causes blemishes to form when the body begins to attack the bacteria. It can cause huge pock marks, whiteheads, blackheads, and eventually lead to scars.
While poor hygiene can cause this condition, this is not the case for most people. This is especially true for those who have the really bad forms of acne, such as nodular and cystic. This is one thing that you must remember when dealing with this problem. Many people get depressed because they feel that the acne is their fault. They may think they are a dirty person, and even become obsessive about washing themselves. This compulsion will only make things worse. Accepting that it is not your fault will take a huge burden off of your shoulders, and allow you to treat this condition in a logical manner.
Everyone who has a breakout would probably consider their acne “bad”, but there are certainly variable degrees of severity for this condition. Many people who have normal cases of acne make it much worse by popping or scrubbing the area too hard. Popping a pimple spreads oil and bacteria all over your face, usually leading to even more breakouts. The area is also very likely to become infected, which leads to the worse forms of acne, as well as permanent scaring.
Most people can tell the difference between regular acne and really bad acne. If more of your face is covered in pimples than not, large areas of your body (such as the chest or back) are affected, or if the blemishes are extremely painful, then just using a simple acne wash will not be enough.
If this is the case you will most likely need to use a product that is specifically made to combat severe forms of acne, and probably one that is prescribed by a dermatologist. If everything you do fails to work, it is time to go see a specialist. One of the biggest concerns people who have bad acne are faced with is scaring. A dermatologist will be able to use their knowledge to not only treat the problem, but do so in a way that prevents permanent damage.
Bad Acne can be very embarrassing and is often taxing on your social life. Be strong and do not let this one problem have a negative effect on the rest of your life. You must realize that the problem is much less serious in your head than it is to other people. When you walk into a room your friends and family are going to see you, not your acne. With a common sense approach you can battle this malady and be on the road to clear skin.