Acne is considered the most common skin disease among Americans, which almost 60 million people, both adults and teens suffer each year. Dr. Herbert Goodheart, in his book entitled “Acne for Dummies,” suggests many answers regarding acne problems and proper skin care. Acne is a common problem among teenagers. The irritating sight of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples on the face affects the person negatively, with his or her self-esteem and confidence going low. Acne occurs when the oil produced by our sebaceous glands becomes clogged with dirt.

The clogging will result into bacteria build up and later on, inflammations. This dreadful skin problem can be a person’s greatest nightmare if left untreated. Luckily, there are a number of safe and efficient ways to cure and prevent acne from coming back.

Keeping your skin healthy is the start of eliminating acne. It is very important to have a healthy skin because as long as you have that healthy glow on your face, the acne will disappear in no time.

In order to get the skin you’ve ever wanted, you have to avoid exposing your skin to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and most especially during summer and late spring where the sun is more intense. If you need to be out during these times, you have to wear protective a headgear that is big enough to cover your face, head and back of the neck. If unavoidable, wear long sleeves, pants and turtlenecks to cover your skin. You should also become aware of the reflected light coming from the water, snow and sand as this may also cause skin damage. And if possible, you have to avoid getting tanned in tanning parlors. You would also want to reapply your sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more, at least two to three hours, especially after swimming and sweating.

There are other ways to get the most desired tan aside from exposing yourself to the heat of the sunlight. There is what we call sunless tanning. Sunless tanners or self-tanners are artificial substitute to the harsh sun tanning. Self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The DHA makes contact with the dead surface cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis and produces a color change. Products that contain DHA are available as creams, lotions, sprays and gels. DHA is harmful and is commonly used no in airbrush tanning in salons.

People have always thought that having an oily skin is a total bummer. However, some dermatologists say that having an oily skin can be advantageous. If you have oily skin, then you are less prone to signs of ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin. You may just wan, however, to temporarily get rid of the shine on your T-zone area such as using foundations, powders and oil blotting papers.

Moisturize your skin especially if it’s severely dry. You can use moisturizers the help you out with your dry skin. Make sure to apply them when your skin is still damp. Contrary to what most people know, oily skins don’t add water to the skin, rather they just lock in the water that was absorbed after showers.There are many other ways of keeping your skin healthy. Starting off with these will help you achieve a skin full of glow.