Acne And Its Causes
Acne is the common name for the skin condition Acne Vulgaris, a common condition that is quite often simply referred to as pimples, spots or ‘zits’
(around 85% of all teenagers suffer from acne in various severity) it can and does effect people of any age, including right into adulthood.
Impurities in water and air can be another cause, the most usual cause however is when the hair follicle pores become blocked with dirt and excess sebum, this results in a bacterial infection in the skin. The first sign is a white-head which develop when the infection stays under the skins surface, if it reaches the surface, the infection turns a darker colour and becomes a blackhead.
These then in turn willusually develop into a pimple which turns red. This redness is actually caused by our bodies own inflammatory response (which is actually a good sign, indicating that our immune system is functioning correctly).
The Effects Of Acne Can be Quite Debilitating
If this response doesnt work correctly, it can result in occasional scarring; the after effects of the inflammatory response can also leave the skin looking sore and red for weeks, months and sometimes even longer.
The effects of Acne can be quite debilitating, especially in adolescents, the repeated appearance of acne can have a detrimental effect on their self esteem and confidence, sometimes resulting in depression unless the problem is actively treated.
Can Acne Be Hereditary
Acne can be hereditary, and the likelihood of it developing is passed down through the generations. Other times when acne can be prevalent is during puberty, during menstrual cycles, and when the sufferer is under stress.
Inefficient skin cleansing can also leave a build up of dead skin cells that can block the pores, trapping sebum and dirt.
It has long been thought that acne can be caused by bad or unhealthy diet, but research has failed to confirm this in the main. It is known however that seafood with high iodine content (squid etc) can aggravate acne as can refined sugars and some processed foods.
The One Good Thing Is That Chocolate Does Not Cause Acne !!
Clinical studies have also shown that those people recently diagnosed with severe acne have lower than average levels of vitamins A and E in their bloodstream, but research is continuing on this. It has been suggested that those with acne should try and eat food with high levels of these vitamins, or take supplements to boost their natural levels.