Acne is a skin condition that is typical at particular ages or stages of life; however, it can be caused by factors other than age. The onset of sudden acne could be the result of changes in climate or skin care products.
Acne can vary from a few small red bumps to larger and more numerous spots. These bumps can become very red, painful and swollen, and they fill with puss if germs enter the pores.
Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells build up and clog the pores on the face, neck, chest or back. In addition, acne can be hereditary. If a parent suffered from severe acne, his or her child is more likely to have the condition. Additionally, certain medications and the over use of vitamins including Vitamin B can increase acne flair ups.
Wash the face twice daily with an oil-free, water-based facial cleanser. Also, be sure not to use skin care products, lipstick or lip gloss that contains oil. Sudden acne can be caused by beginning use of a product that contains oil and clogs the skin.
Consider using an oil-free moisturizer to protect your skin, especially if you are going to be exposed to any weather elements such as sun, wind or cold. In addition, be sure to wash your face on hot days when you have been sweating, in order to remove oil buildup.
Acne can be embarrassing for those who suffer from severe cases, and the condition can be painful. Beyond that, acne can result in scars if pimples are picked, scratched or become infected. Severe scars can be removed by a dermatologist through minor procedures such as microdermabrasion (a skin buffing), chemabrasion (a chemical peel) or laser treatment that removes the top layer of skin.