The Best Holistic Cure for Acne and Pimples
What is Acne?
Acne, also known as pimples or blemishes, is a disease that involves the oil glands of the skin. It is not dangerous, but can leave scars. Acne appears as small pointed dots on the skin of the face, neck, back, upper arm, or the chest. It is the most common skin disorder in the United States. Acne vulgaris, or common acne, is considered a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin. It varies in development from mild to extremely severe. It is estimated that 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 25 are affected with acne at some time in their lives. While acne most frequently affects preteens and teens, it can also occur in babies, toddlers, and children as well as adults. Teenage boys suffer longer from acne than teenage girls. This is because of the production of androgen, or male sex hormone.
What Causes Acne?
Your skin, especially that of the back, neck, upper arm, face, and chest, is covered with thousands of tiny holes called pores. These pores are connected to glands under the skin by follicles (narrow canals). A hair grows through each follicle. These sebaceous glands produce an oily secretion called sebum. When sebum is pushed out of the follicles, it carries dead skin cells with it to the surface. This secretion, combined with hair, can clump together and plug the pore openings. The follicles get blocked. Due to increasing pressure, the follicle wall ruptures, giving way to the growth of the Propionibacteria Acnes (P. acnes) bacteria that live on the skin. The resulting infection causes a swelling or pimple.
While fatty food is often considered the culprit, the real cause is a combination of many factors such as a very oily skin, over production of sebum due to the rise in the level of sex hormones at the onset of puberty. In women, acne can flare up during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause when hormonal imbalance occurs.
Acne in Adults
Acne is particularly distressing for adults who thought that they had left their skin problems back in high school. The truth is that even adults experience fluctuation in their hormone levels. These hormones are released by the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands, increasing oil production and making the skin more prone to acne breakouts. Acne can stay with men for 10 years or more. Men do experience more severe and lasting acne onset than do women perhaps because of the higher level of testosterone in their body.
In women, occurrence of acne happens during ovulation and menstruation, pregnancy, and perimenopause, and menopause. Certain birth control medications can also cause acne.
If you experience onset of adult acne, take a look at your cosmetics, makeup, moisturizers, cleansers, and hair care products. Skin care products with an oil-base.
If you suffer from adult onset acne, you may want to take a look at your cosmetics, including cleansers, moisturizers, makeup, and hair care products. Certain products, especially those with an oil-base, can block pores and bring on acne. Therefore, you must avoid oily products, and use only those marked as noncomedogenic. Even these products, while safe in most cases, should not be used by those with sensitive skin.
Psychological Effect of Acne
Young people suffer from acne at a time in their lives when their personalities are developing. They crave for social approval. Attractiveness is desired for acceptance by their peers. But a spotty face becomes an embarrassment for them. Adolescent youth can experience one or several of these results: loss of self-esteem, social withdrawal, poor school performance, loss of relationships, shyness and reclusion. The problem is compounded later in life by rejected job applications and failure to make friends. In severe cases, the occurrence of acne can cause depression leading to suicides. There is a feeling of worthlessness that can create behavioral problems.