Things that go “Bump”

Deborah L. Hopla, Guest Writer

Excitement is in air as the anticipated date nears then, “OH NO!’ There it is…a giant pimple! What can be done? Everyone will see it.

Acne is a common problem in adolescents and young adults. The American Academy of Dermatology (2012) estimates that 40-50 million people have this condition. Acne can cause emotional distress and if severe enough, can cause permanent scarring over time.

Acne occurs when the pores on your skin are blocked with oil, dead skin or bacteria. Bacteria can grow in a blocked pore and being unable to escape can cause a pimple. Triggers for acne include: hormonal changes, certain medications like steroids and a diet that is high in refined sugars and carbohydrates.

A treatment plan would consist of cleaning the skin daily with a mild non-perfumed soap to remove dirt and oil, keeping hair shampooed and away from your face, avoid touching the face and transmitting bacteria, good hand washing, showering after exercising, and avoiding make-up with oil. Applying a benzoyl peroxide acne cream, wash or gel will aide to dry out existing pimples. A medical provider can prescribe antibiotics and retinol products and for women some birth control pills may help with hormone regulation.

Although acne is not a life-threatening problem it is one that can cause emotional distress. Getting treatment early for things that go “Bump” can help alleviate some of that distress.