May 5 2017
One thing many of us go through when we reach adolescence is this unfortunate, annoying and honestly unattractive affliction called acne. Acne is a long-term skin disorder that happens when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin thus causing a pimple. The most common places for acne to occur are on the face, chest, back and shoulders. It is painful, it does not look nice and it can even cause social phobia from the insecurity it can stir. Why do some people get acne? Why does it happen mostly in our teen years? How do we get rid of it? These are some common questions asked by anyone afflicted with this physical unpleasantness. Acne typically appears in one of the following forms:
- Whiteheads: White dots that are pores impacted with oil and skin.
- Blackheads: Black bumps that are actually impacted pores in which material pushes out through the follicles. The black color is not from dirt. It is dead skin cells that react with oxygen.
- Papules/nodules/ pustules: More painful and noticeable lesions appearing red and swollen due to an inflammation based infection of the skin around the clogged follicles making them take longer to heal.
- Cysts: Deep, pus filled pimples.
The reason why some are afflicted with acne while others are not is not one hundred percent clear but there are numerous factors that come into play. One of the most noteworthy causes is hormones, namely, androgens. Androgen hormones develop at a particularly high rate when puberty hits both males and females. They make the skin’s oil glands expand and as a result, produce more oil (sebum). Genetics are another factor for acne, if your parents had acne; there is a chance you will as well. You may also want to look at the state of your cosmetics as well, how clean your makeup and brushes are will determine how prone your skin may be to acne as well. Another likely factor to take into account is any medication you may be on as a potential reason for your acne. Medications can have particular side effects that can either create an excess of oil on your skin or can dry your skin out and depending on your genetics, can make your skin produce an excess of oil (sebum) which can cause acne. Excessive friction on affected areas, poor dietary habits, stress and poor hygiene are also all factors that will play into your skin’s appearance.
So how can one reduce and improve the appearance of acne covered skin? It takes a number of different things to add to your daily routine but they are sure to work. First of all, drink more water and eat healthier. As always, your physical health is a reflection of what you consume. What you eat will determine what nutrients your body will receive and will play a huge role in your overall physical appearance and health. The more water you drink, the more balanced your acidity levels in your skin will be and the more hydrated you will be which is the first step to beautiful skin. Hormones are a bit trickier to deal with, but not impossible! Supplements such as evening primrose oil (for women), zinc, spirulina, antioxidants and vitamins C, B and A all have properties in maintaining gorgeous, healthy skin and evening out its tone as well. Essential oils such as lemon, lavender and tea tree oil can also be applied to the affected areas to help reduce the appearance of acne as well if you want a completely natural way to reduce pimples! Acne is a part of growing up for many people, and it is typically very unpleasant, thankfully there are now natural alternatives for smooth, healthy skin!