Feb 13

There are many different types of skin disorders that you should be aware of. This is a list of the different types of skin disorders as well as their symptoms. `

The possible causes for acne are there is a lot of said BM that is produced in the pores. Did skin is gathering in side of the pore. There is bacteria that is building up within the pore.

Medication that has proven to be effective are: benzoyl peroxide in. This dries up facial oil as well as prevents pimples from forming in other areas. Sulfur is another naturally  ingredient that has a distinctive smell but has been proven to be effective in treating acne.

Acne occurs when the pores in your skin become blocked because of oil or bacteria or dead skin. This build up forms within the borders around the hair follicle.

Acne is treated by improved diet. Drinking lots of water and fluid. Eliminating high refined sugar and carbohydrates from the diet. Avoiding touching your face with your hands. Avoiding using heavy makeup on your face. This allows the pores to breathe and not purposefully cover them with make up.

Having bad acne can affect one's self-esteem. This is especially true for boys and girls who are ages 11 through 18.

This is a crucial time in a child's development because they are taking the final steps into adulthood. They are also forming their self image and having a clear face is a big part of having a good level of confidence. 

Of course it is perfectly normal for a teenager to have confidence. However, teenagers tend to expand the importance of small issues and make them very large issues.

Having work at juvenile Hall for over 20 years, Dwayne Wilkins, a juvenile hall veteran says, "A teenager with lots of pimples can withdraw from being social."

It's not surprising that teenagers and even adults can be badly affected by severe acne. "I have had really bad acne since I was 13 years old." Says Mary Fitzgerald, a 35-year-old secretary, living in San Francisco.  I have always had to deal with it. And it has been very tough. I'm sure that I have lost boyfriends along the way as a result."

"Frankly, I think I am better for it." Says Marjorie Simpson. "Having really bad acne made me see people for who they are. And it allowed me to see if somebody was really seeing me for who I am. We all are such visual people. But being focused on how someone looks means that you will miss learning and experiencing who they are as people. And that's a shame."

When I asked Marjorie if having bad acne affected her in the eyes of men or women? She said, "Men just see your face. Women judge you. Which I think is far meaner. Because if men aren't attracted to you they will at least give you a chance to be friends. Women who are stuck on that never see beyond the fact that you are somehow scarred in their eyes."

Prof. John Holloway, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, says that, "Having bad acne can really affect your personal development. And as parents we have to be mindful of the impact of severe acne if we have a child who has it. We have to do things to support not only them trying to solve the problem of having bad acne but also supporting them psychologically with their self-esteem.

And this is not just for girls it is also for boys as well. The bottom line is we all need support. And when something is out of the ordinary kids tend to internalize it and it can scar them for the rest of their lives. And that's where parents have to step in and really bolster their self-esteem and confidence."

You would think that people would be better adjusted with dealing with acne. It is reported by the Centers for Disease Control that  90% of all teenagers have some degree of acne.  "In many ways it is a rite of passage. The pimple faced teenager with braces," says Prof. Holloway.

But for those that have severe acne it can be debilitating. It can be psychologically scarring. And it is definitely something that you must learn to deal with if your outbreaks are extremely severe.

"I know a girl who has such severe acne that she has literally red and black marks all over her face. I feel so sad for her because wherever she goes people stop and look at her. It has to be very difficult to go through the day and know that everyone who passes you will stop and stare at you." Says Jimmy Williams, a 10 grader, living in San Jose California. 

When asked how that girl is doing in school,  Williams says, "she is a really good student. I guess she has had to learn to focus more on the content of her character and not the beauty of her face."

It would be nice if people could see people as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted all people to be judged. By the content of their character and not the beauty of their face.

Believe it or not there are support groups for kids and adults with severe acne. You would be surprised how many support groups and for which segments there are for people to choose. There are young women's groups, young men's groups, adult men's groups and adult women's groups. There are even coed groups for people to deal with the psychological issues and get psychological support.

"It's always good to be with people who are similar to you. Who have to same challenges but also the same dreams to be excepted for who they are." Says Prof. Holloway.

"Do you support groups provide an important life line for people living with severe acne. And they do some pretty remarkable things to help support each other. I know of one group where if one person is feeling down, they can call someone in the group for emotional support."

"This is fantastic because you never know when one day you will be feeling great about yourself and then the next day you don't. Having someone that you can call who knows what you are going through is very very helpful. It is also very reassuring."

"Really, it just depends on who you want to be." Says Fitzgerald. "If you let the parents get in the way of your happiness, then your desire to be happy isn't that strong. As for me, I refuse to let my acne get in the way of me being happy. Either the people that I am with will learn to except me for who I am, or they are not my friends to begin with. And I do not waste my time with people who are not for me 100%."


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