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What Causes Acne?



Before we learn what causes Acne, Let's answer the question, What is Acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin problems today and many people will experience it at one time or another. In fact, acne affects about 90% of all people at some time during their life. While acne typically occurs in adolescence and young adulthood, some may still suffer from acne well into their middle ages.

A lot of time, it's misinformation that prevents those facing acne problems to get the proper treatment. Many people elect not to seek advice from a specialized clinician or dermatoligist because acne is rather common, and will "eventuall go awaw on it's own." Although this may sometimes be true, damage to the complexion and even self esteem issues can be avoided if acne is controlled at an early stage. How Acne Develops

Acne is developed in the sebacious glands of the skin. The glands are attached to hair follicles, and secret an oily substance known as sebum, to keep our skin and hair lubricated.

Pores and hair follicles can become plugged with sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria, and other debris. Whiteheads or blackheads can also form just below the surface of the skin.

  • Whiteheads (also known as comedones) occur when the backed-up material is trapped below the skin's surface, forming a firm white bump.
  • Blackheads (also called open comedones) occur when the clogged material stretches the duct and its opening allowing it to become exposed to air. The resulting discoloration is not from dirt, but the result of the oxidation of gland products and accumulation of pigment. (Some individual's skin has larger pores; these are not blackheads though,they are a normal variation of skin.)

Pimples (or pustules) occur when the material remains backed up, begins to irritate the surrounding tissues and cause inflammation, redness and perhaps some pain. In severe cases of acne, cysts (fluid-filled sacks) develop. Without the proper treatment, cysts may increase the chances of scarring.

Three Causes of Acne

Hormones: During puberty, the body produces more androgen-type hormones, this cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum. Because males produce more androgens than females, they tend to have more severe cases of acne.

Heredity: Yes, this too can influences the size and activity of the sebaceous glands. The larger and more active the glands are, the greater the chance of developing acne.

Bacteria: Normal skin bacteria (e.g. propionibacterium acnes) can act upon sebum to produce irritating substances, this will in turn result in inflammation when the substances get released into the surrounding skin.

Other Factors that Can Contribute to Acne Problems

For those who are sufferinf from minor acne problems like a few blackheads or pimples, start washing the face gently with a mild soap 2-3 times a day. Don't overdo it, excessive cleaning can actually make acne worse. You don't want to dry out your skin either. Then you will have white flakes of ded skin peeling and falling off. There are some non-prescription products with benzoyl peroxide that have an antibacterial and drying effect. This can help to unblock pores to prevent them from getting clogged ahead of time. Be careful with this, as some people's skin is more sensitive than others and may react differently.

Certain cosmetics, hair care products and moisturizers may block pores. Check labels and choose products that are water-based, oil-free and non- comedogenic (won't clog pores).

Oily hair can contribute to clogging the surface of pores, so be sure to shampoo your hair on a regular basis.

It may be tempting sometimes but avoid picking at blackheads, whiteheads or pimples. This can irritate the area and cause infection, increased inflammation and scarring.

In addition, humidity or heat that causes excessive sweaty can lead to signs of acne. Avoid hats and headbands that could cause sweat to drip down and combine with dirt and oil on your face.

Stress and emotions can also add to the likelihood of developing acne problems. Seek out ways to release that frustration and energy. Find a place to relax and maybe meditate to ease the mind.

Another importan factor that affects acne is your diet.

If you're prone to outbreaks of acne, you should try cutting back on empty carbs and sweets. Researchers are revisiting the connections between a proper diet and acne like pimples, and a growing body of evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in high glycemic index foods may be tied to an increased appearance of acne.

Researchers say foods that spike blood sugar can also increase hormones. The hormones can stimulate oil production, which in turn, can trigger acne.

Well I hope you learned a little bit about acne from this post. I know acne can be a problem and sometimes even embarassing. To be able to battle and conquer our problem with acne, we must first understand its causes so we can at least make it more difficult for the acne to come back in the future.

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