Getting to Know More About Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition and it affects many people all over the world. However this skin issue is more common to teenagers since it is during teenage years that the body experiences highest levels of hormonal changes. However, acne can be persistent and affect even adults.

Some people experience mild cases of acne which means just a few and occasional pimples, others can get moderate ones, while some can get a severe case of acne. Inflammatory papules characterize moderate cases of acne while nodules and cysts are present in severe cases. The severity of acne dictates which treatment is most suitable.

What Causes Acne

We have landed on the moon and we have sent an unmanned vehicle to Mars, however when it comes to acne, its causes are still not clear. However we know that there are many factors at play. It is believed that mainly, acne is a hormonal condition which is triggered by the male hormones referred to as androgens. Androgens become highly active during the period of adolescence or teen years. Having sensitivity to the male hormones plus bacteria on the skin and fatty acids in the skin’s natural oils can lead to acne. Acne commonly pop out in areas of the skin which are sites of oil glands such as the face, chest, back as well as the shoulders.

Whiteheads, blackheads, those tiny bumps, nodules as well as cysts are called acne lesions. Acne in essence is a normal occurrence physiologically speaking. However it can be aggravated by certain conditions. These are:

  • Fluctution of hormonal levels during the time women get their menstruation.
  • Picking, prodding and pricking of acne lesions.
  • Some clothing can also aggravate acne. Hats, headgear and even helmets can cause the aggravation.

Natural Treatments for Acne

There are over the counter as well as prescription treatments for acne. Some also resort to using natural ingredients in treating this skin problem. Fruits and essential oils are popular natural treatments for acne used by many all over the world. Some examples are papaya extract, tea tree oil and strawberry mask. Argan oil is now also becoming a popular choice in treating acne. Many people are saying that the oil can help in treating mild to moderate cases of acne. There has not been much study done on the oil’s effectiveness against acne and the evidence that we have are anecdotal at best. What we do know is that the oil is packed with nutrients that have great benefits to the skin such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, sterols and a number of antioxidants (Carotenoids, Vitamin E, Ferulic acid, and Polyphenols).

For severe cases of acne, it is recommended that one consult a dermatologist. A dermatologist can prescribe certain medications whether topical or pills. A skin doctor can also advise you on proper ways to care for acne-prone skin.

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