Acne, along with stretch marks and cellulite, are the most common problems of the skin, so it is best to treat it as early as possible.

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the oil-secreting glands in the skin are clogged and become inflamed or infected.

It is caused by an inflammation of the oil glands in the skin and the base of hairs. In the teenage years, hormones stimulate the growth of body hair, and the oil glands secrete more oil. The skin pores then become clogged and bacteria grow in the clogged pores.

Typical forms of Acne are:

     Pustules – Red, inflamed, infected, plugged oil glands.

     Whiteheads – Closed plugged oil glands.

     Blackheads – Open plugged oil glands. The reason why it is black is because oil blackens when it is exposed to air.

All three of these types of Acne can be treated at home.

In severe cases, such as when painful pimples or cysts (large fluid-filled bumps) develop under the skin, it is best to see a health care provider.

How to treat it

Make sure to take a shower every day and keep your skin clean. Use the Yew Acne Soap to clean the trouble spots. This prevents oil from building up and reduces the frequency of breakouts.

In addition, you can apply the Acne Cream to any breakouts to speed up the healing process and shrink away acne. This spot cream dries out your breakouts and helps return your skin to the it’s usual radiance.

Additional Tips

Once the acne completely dries out (not before), you can use a gentle exfoliator, such as the Oatmeal Soap and Oatmeal Scrub to remove the excess rough skin caused by the dried acne. Avoid using more abrasive exfoliants.

When washing, make sure to use warm (not hot) water and wash off all soap from your body. Regular soap can easily settle on your skin and form a film that clogs pores. For best results, use a glycerin-based soap It does not clog pores and actually helps fight acne.

Do not pop your zits, because this can cause scarring. If, for any reason, your zits accidentally do pop, it is important to squeeze out all of the pus. Leaving pus in a popped zit can cause terrible acne scars, and open you to more infections. Afterwards, apply some benzoyl peroxide solution to sterilize the wound, gently wash the opening with warm water, pat it dry, and apply a sterile bandaid to protect the wound until it heals.

Avoid using make-up while you are experiencing breakouts. Although it is tempting to cover the zit and look pretty, it just traps more oils in the skin and makes the zit worst. If you absolutely have to have makeup, make sure that the sable says “noncomedogenic”, which means that it will not cause acne, and avoid any makeup that contains oils.

Avoid excessive exposure to the sun, because ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and cause redness. Always use noncomedogenic sunscreen with SPF 30 or better.

Regularly clean and wash any towels that you use to wipe your face. Damp cloth is a breeding ground for germs.