Acne is a common occurrence for teens and adults. It can start with just one bad pimple that you ignore, putting the blame on a few late nights or some junk food. But letting your pimple linger on the skin can do more harm than good. Even mild forms of acne can become severe and lead to scarring. Here, I have listed 7 reasons why it’s important to take this one pimple seriously:
1.Prevent mild acne from becoming severe. Early treatment can prevent a few pimples from progressing to widespread blackheads, whiteheads and deep, painful acne.
2.Decrease the need of stronger acne medicine. When acne becomes severe, strong medicine is needed to see clearing. These medicines have more possible side effects. So seek professional help early to avoid these stronger acne medicines.
3.Reduce scars. Treating acne early may prevent acne scars. In general, the more severe the acne, the more likely it is to scar. While severe acne is most likely to leave scars, mild acne can scar when picked. Treating at the first sign of acne may also prevent someone from developing a habit of picking at their acne, so the person may never develop acne scars.
4.Get faster results from treatment. Your doctor can assess your acne and prescribe a prescription-strength treatment that will not only clear up your skin but keep breakouts at bay. A one-time visit to the doctor can save you years of heartache down the road, so invest in professional treatment.
5.Avoid years of acne. Nowadays, acne is occurring in children as young as 7 years old. These kids may continue to have acne in their 20s, 30s and beyond. Even those in their 50s and 60s continue to struggle with acne. That’s four or five decades of dealing with pimples – way too long. By getting treatment at the first sign of acne – even at 7 or 8 years old – you can keep it under control. You won’t have to deal with breakouts as a senior citizen and you’ll enjoy many years of clear, healthy skin.
6.Stop acne spots from developing when acne clears. Anyone who has medium-to-dark coloured skin may see a dark spot appear when an acne pimple, cyst, or nodule clears. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). People with light-coloured skin may see a red spot where acne once was. These spots can linger for months. Many consider it worse to have these lingering spots than the acne itself.
7.Sidestep emotional distress. Acne can cause more than breakouts. Studies show that acne can also take a toll on one’s psyche. Many say their self-esteem suffered after developing acne. Some people with acne withdraw from people in their lives.
The severity of the acne doesn’t seem to matter. Acne can have negative effect on self-esteem and relationships whether one has mild or severe acne. One large study found that having acne can lead to depression and thoughts of committing suicide. Other studies show that treating acne can alleviate these feelings.