Acne For Dummies by Herbert P. Goodheart

By Herbert P. Goodheart

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You’re welcome. ” Picking does make zits worse! Waking up to whiteheads, blackheads, and zits In most cases, acne starts between the ages of 10 and 13 and usually lasts for 5 to 10 years. The appearance of teenage acne (acne vulgaris is the technical term that I throw around here and there in the book) is largely the result of your body’s increased production of hormones. The good news is that those embarrassing blemishes usually go away and are often gone for good by the time you reach your early 20s.

The “wrinkling” is so obvious on your palms and soles because they have the thickest stratum corneum. If you watch your hand for 5 minutes or so, you’ll see that the corrugated look disappears. That’s because the water soon evaporates from your overhydrated stratum corneum. Now, if you apply a moisturizer before the water evaporates, you can “lock in” the water that was absorbed while you were bathing or showering. Moisturizers don’t add water to the skin; instead, they reduce water loss by slowing its evaporation.

Sound familiar? Excessive sweating was discouraged, and — get this — some doctors recommended that erotic preoccupation be avoided (without doubt, a difficult prescription to follow). Active surgical treatment at that time included opening up and draining acne lesions (they’re the zits), vigorous scrubbing, steaming, and washing with soap and hot water. All of this was followed by the application of foul-smelling chemicals including sulfur. For difficult-to-manage acne in middle-aged women, arsenic — both applied to the skin and injected into it — was sometimes used!

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