Local and Global Impacts
The Role of Acne Cleansers
A facial cleanser is a skin care product that is used to clean the oil, dirt, and other pollutants confined within the skin of our face. This an extremely effective and convenient method to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne. Acne is a skin condition that is a result of a pores (or follicles) within our skin to overproduce skin cells and thus, becomes clogged. Sebum (a naturally producing oil) which normally drains to the surface is trapped and bacteria begins to grow due to the accumulation of oil. In turn, red pimples begin to appear on the face, most commonly among teenagers. It is of the utmost importance to apply facial cleansers as it will maintain maintain healthy skin and thus, prevents any serious issues from occurring in the future. However, there are alternatives that are arguably equally, if not more effective that do not harm the environment after the packaging is thrown to waste. Acne cleansers have pros and cons thus, affecting the consumers, economy, and environment in both a positive and negative manner.
Below, is an example of a reputable acne cleansing product: Body Clear.
Limitations of Acne Cleansers
According to "Cleansers for Acne Prone Skin", most cleansing products work extremely well, shown through the high ratings on each product thus, proving to be effective in most scenarios.
The effectiveness of an acne cleanser itself cannot be improved but instead choosing one with a higher aggression of Benzoyl Peroxide may prove to suit your skin better as there are different types of cleansers for higher or lower skin toleration. Cleansers vary from 2.5%, 5%, and 10% strength, each being stronger than the previous (1). However, the strongest (5% and 10%) may cause further dryness and irritation so, it is best to get a recommendation from your doctor.
There are a few specific steps needed to follow after applying the cleanser, otherwise scaring may occur. For example, rinsing with is highly recommended cool water as acne cleansers do not work well with warm water. To remove scars, acne laser treatment is recommended.
Implications of Acne Cleansers
Ancient methods to treat acne have originated from the eras of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who utilized sulfur to dry the blemishes and temporarily rid themselves from the condition (2). However, this would not be a very practical idea in the today’s world. This is because when sulfur is exposed to fire or any combustible gas, it will begin to emit sulfur dioxide (SO2), an extremely toxic and suffocating gas that can cause severe lung damage and possibly result death. This method was nor effective as it would only dry the blemishes instead of cleaning the bacteria and oils infested within the follicles. But, modern day doctors and engineers have been able to combine natural and synthetic chemicals to create acne cleansers, which not only eliminate acne at a more rapid rate, but prevent new breakouts from occurring as well. These cleansers seep into the dirt-filled pores and clean the face by absorbing the pollutants. When cool water is used to wash the face, the pollutants are flushed out with the water and the pores on the face are clean. But like all things, acne cleansers have their ups and downs:
-Most importantly, skin will remain free of blemishes and acne breakouts.
-Most acne cleansers actually work. The formulated liquid within these products attacks the buildup of bacteria within the blocked pores. With the help of chemicals such as, exfoliates and benzoyl peroxide, these cleansers are able to effectively unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria.
-Most cleansers are not very expensive. Although, these may not work as well as more reputable and expensive brands such as, X-Out.
-Provides a substantial amount of money to the economy.
-Although designed to be mild, acne cleansers may cause redness, stinging, itching, and extreme irritation. Not suitable for sensitive skin and may cause severe reactions.
-Most cleansers take a few weeks to carry out the job.
-Some additive chemicals may be too great in quantity (most commonly benzoyl peroxide), which acts like bleach and it dangerous to inhale at large amounts.
-The recommended and trusted acne cleansers may be expensive.
-Cleansers only control acne, not permanently rid your skin of it thus, the product must be purchased and is recommended to be used on per second day basis.
Acne cleansers are commonly used products around the world today and have various implications from different social standpoints. For example:
Acne can have profound social and physiological effects, usually accompanied with body image and social acceptance insecurities. The concept of achieving a certain “ideal beauty” is evident in today’s society. Today’s youth is inspired to reach the beauty standards of top models. As a result, they utilize various skin care products and natural methods to be socially accepted. Acne typically begins between the young ages of 11-14 and usually ends at the age of 20 (3). During this time, misperceptions about acne cause those affected by acne to often be teased for their appearance. The resulting appearance and constant teasing may lead to nervousness, social withdrawal, reduced self-esteem, and in extreme cases, depression or thoughts of suicide. However, acne resulting scars have been associated with significant social difficulties that can possibly last into early adulthood. In this aspect, if someone is extremely troubled or feels insecure about their physical appearance, purchasing acne cleansers will definitely be for the better.
Acne does not pose any serious health risks but, in cases of severe acne or improper treatment can cause permanent scars. People with allergic reactions may need to avoid specific cleansers as the natural substances within some may violently react to their skins and in turn cause more acne along with greater health problems bringing discomfort in the forms of, redness, severe itching, and swelling. A lot of cleansers are infamous for containing bleach-like chemicals which are harmful to inhale at large amounts and may lead to sickness. However, to avoid any unfortunate events simply purchase a reputable brand recommended by a your family doctor.
The costs of treating acne are considerably large. In the United States, acne is responsible for more than five million doctor visits and costs over $2.5 billion to advertise, produce, package, and ship (4). However, the number of buyers attracted exceeds the money needed to produce these products in the first place.
The packaging of acne cleansers is very strongly constructed. It has the ability to withstand the material within it along with, high drops. As a result, it may take up to a decade for the packing to completely decompose (5). As these plastics break down, toxic chemicals leach into the soil and groundwater, making the land unsuitable for agricultural activities. If they decompose in a body of water, the marine life absorbs the toxic chemicals and will eventually die or pass on defects to their offspring thus, disturbing the food chain and ecosystem. In the end, it is horribly bad for the environment and animals.
Proper medicines to treat acne were first introduced in the early 1920’s and have avidly been utilized till this day. As shown in the information above, the pros outweigh the cons. Therefore, on the basis of the research conducted above, we deem acne cleansers to be convenient, overall inexpensive, worth your money, and most importantly effective products to rid skin of acne breakouts.
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