If you have ever had a pimple, you’ve had acne. It is a hormonal and inflammatory disease that affects all ethnicities, particularly during adolescence and early adulthood, and is found primarily on the face and upper body.
Acne lesions occur when the pores of the skin become clogged, trapping skin oil and bacteria inside, leading to a variety of acne lesions, from mild acne to severe acne that can scar.
Factors that may make acne worse: genetics, hormones, physical irritation of the skin, stress, sunburns, cosmetics, and diet.
Avoid pore-clogging ingredients, and always pop correctly.
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Diet and Acne
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Acne
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Do Probiotics Clear Acne?
A healthy gut may help keep inflammation in check. Since acne is an inflammatory disease, it makes sense to do what we can to keep the gut healthy. Probiotics might help to restore or keep a balance of gut bacteria, particularly during or after taking oral antibiotics.
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How Are Acne and Depression Related?
Acne and depression are correlated, which means that acne can make depression worse and depression may also worsen acne. But there is not yet a definitive cause-and-effect relationship from the studies we have. Still, common sesne tells us that clearing up the skin obviously leads to lighter moods.
August 27, 2021
Is Oilier Skin More Prone to Acne?
Yes. Oilier skin is more prone to acne. Study after study backs it up.
August 24, 2021
How Exercise Might Help with Acne
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How Will Swimming in Seawater Affect My Acne?
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Is Shaving Good or Bad for Acne?
Shaving can exfoliate the surface of the skin, which can theoretically help prevent clogged pores. However, shaving can also cause physical irritation, which has been shown to make acne worse. So, shave gently with a fresh, non-irritating razor, and be sure to use the right shaving cream or gel.
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