What is acne?
Acne (acne vulagaris) is a common skin disorder that affects nearly 100 million people worldwide. Regardless of age, acne is commonly found in adolescents going through puberty, as new hair follicles tend to become clogged below the surface of the skin. This certainly does not rule out that acne affects women and men equally, as many people of all ages and skin types suffer from acne symptoms all over the world.
Some forms of acne are often confused with or associated with seborrheic dermatitis as they are related to having flaky, scaly skin. This is common after acne sufferers take large doses of prescription medications, as these can cause adverse effects if not used correctly. Therefore, they resemble seborrheic dermatitis-like symptoms, as the treated skin becomes dry, scaly, scaly, and discolored.
While several terms are used to define and identify specific types of acne, the most common are:
• common acne (cystic acne or just acne)
• seborrhea (scaly red skin)
• comedones (black dots and white dots)
• hives (pin heads)
• pustules (pimples)
• nodules (large papules)
• cysts (large nodules or boils)
Acne is most commonly found on the face, neck, back, arms, and buttocks, as these areas are more likely to release oily secretions, collect bacteria, accumulate hair follicles, and produce sweat that tends to open these pores making these areas susceptible to multiple toxins that are known to cause blockages in the skin, leading to various forms of acne.
Acne has also been considered as a potential sign that the health of the body could be suffering from other toxic bacteria possibly in the liver, kidneys, and these infections that are transmitted through blood cells are thought to cause breakouts .
Speculation is often asserted that certain fatty foods and dietary intake may also be a major factor in causing certain types of acne.
Working to get rid of acne can be a tedious process, as it can also lead to inner complexion issues, depression, or in severe cases, even suicide.
The best defense against acne is to arm yourself with knowledge and try several proven methods that have worked for others until you find a treatment and prevention regiment that works best for you and your skin type.
What causes acne?
Most forms of acne occur when the sebaceous follicles become infected, clogged, or contaminated. In most cases, acne vulgaris occurs when excess sebum builds up around hair follicles, or when toxins build up in the pores and become infected with dead skin, bacteria, or natural acidic waste from the body.
Normally, the body’s sebaceous glands are designed to release specific amounts of sebum oil that is excreted from the pores and rises to the surface of the skin. The body’s natural release of sebum oil helps the skin remain moist and semi-lubricated, and in turn protects it from many of the harmful or harsh elements in the environment.
Once the pores become blocked, the oil is trapped under the skin and can no longer be excreted through the skin as usual, leading to blockages. As a result, these areas can become inflamed or infected, which can lead to spots, blemishes, or the formation of pimples.
As conditions under the skin worsen, the body still tries to naturally excrete more oils, and as such, the excess oil creates pressure under the skin, causing further infections known as boils or cystic acne.
Often when a blockage occurs, the pressure can cause the inner walls of the pore to burst below the surface of the skin, forcing the body’s white blood cells to rush in, in an attempt to suck up the collagen inside of the skin pores. When this occurs, the results can be skin blemishes, scars, or eventually pockmarks.
When treated early, the chances of infection or serious acne scarring are greatly reduced. General prevention can be achieved through a disciplined daily cleansing regiment, such as using a quality cleansing program and/or in conjunction with a topical acne cream to prevent clogged follicles and pores after cleansing. Employing these measures can greatly reduce the risk of further damage to the treated area.
Ultimately, identifying the severity of the problem and gaining knowledge about the specific types of acne and available treatments may be the best defense against acne. Understanding the specific type of acne and the proper treatment regimen can help prevent future breakouts, while minimizing the chances of pockmarks or permanent scarring.
When acne is identified and treated early, before pimples become severely infected and break out under the skin, acne scars can usually be prevented and further damage from occurring. Especially when comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) become noticeable, as these can easily become infected, leading to more severe cases of cystic acne, which can often cause pitting or permanent scarring.
Although acne can be a very complicated problem to solve, many patients undergo multiple treatments before finding the solution that best suits their skin type. It goes without saying that acne does not really discriminate and affects numerous age groups, skin types and is not always due to poor hygiene or diet as is often suggested.
Most types of acne can be treated with proper cleansing, home remedies, and over-the-counter topical acne creams over a period of weeks or even months before the problem resolves. In severe cases, it is suggested that patients seek professional care and contact a dermatologist for stronger prescription medications.
As an acne sufferer myself, I am passionate about educating and providing preventative solutions to others who suffer from acne, such as; researching and exploiting proven home remedies, topical ointment applications, holistic medications and solutions known to help prevent and cure acne.