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Acne - Causes and Treatment

Acne (Acne Vulgaris/ Cystic Acne)

What is Acne?

The most common skin disease addressed by dermatologists – acne, a condition presenting unsightly red and swollen follicles that we call pimples, affects ~85% of the population at some time in their life, including adults. Most teens get the type of acne called acne vulgaris, which can appear on face, neck, shoulders, back and chest (these are the locations where most sebum-secreting sebaceous glands are found). Appearing on the face as it does, it obviously causes its owner significant psychological stress.

Types of acne “lumps and bumps

–   Plugged follicles:

Whitehead (Closed comedone) - clogged follicle; usually small, round, white bumps on skin.

Blackhead(Open comedone) - plugged follicle that opens and turns dark at the surface of the skin; the black is not indicative of dirt.

–   Inflammatory lesions (occurs when comedones rupture, spreading bacteria with associated inflammation):

Papules -- inflamed lesions; seen as small, pink bumps on the skin.

Pustules (pimples) -- inflamed pus-filled lesions; red at their base.

Cysts and nodules -- large, inflamed, pus-filled lesions deep under the skin; can cause pain and scarring.

Acne can be a chronic problem – sometimes lasting several years

What causes or aggravates Acne?

Acne is caused by the combination of too much sebum and a buildup of dead skin cells:



(1)Increased sebum and excess skin cells can clog skin pore

(2)Excess sebum trapped behind blockage promotes over-colonization of Propionibacterium acnes bacteria in skin --
Inflammatory acne flare-up

(3)Blood sugar “Roller Coaster”ride aggravates acne

(4)Hormonal and other, as yet, elusive factors are involved with acne – E.g. stress and elevated androgen hormones

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What Causes / Aggravates Acne?

Treatments for Acne?

Control blood sugar (Minimize sugar and grains)

Kill infecting bacteria

Reduce Sebum production

Control inflammation

Facial Steaming

Consume / Supplement probiotics

Drink plenty of water

Exercise

Sweat

Get enough sleep

Take a “Sunbath”

Manage stress

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Treatments for Acne

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ABOUT ACNE

About Acne (Acne Vulgaris, Cystic Acne)

CAUSES

What Causes or Aggravates Acne?

- Increased sebum

- Propionobacterium Acnes Bacteria

- Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

- Hormones / Other

What regulates sebum production?

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Other factors

TREATMENT

Treatments for Acne

- Mainstream Treatments

- Treat underlying Causes of Acne