Acne and Causes
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Acne and Causes - For those of you who are looking for answers
on what causes acne I can narrow this down for you into a handful of
factors. As more of the following elements are present the worse your
skin can become.
- Blocked pores - Blackheads are formed as a result of oil and
dead skin cells being blocked in the hair follicles clogging the pores
and festering because they can't breathe. Pimples then develop, can
become infected and turn into whiteheads or pustules thus resulting in
- Oil glands - are known as sebaceous glands and
are connected to a hair follicle. The oil glands produce sebum that
lubricates the hair follicles and skin. Puberty and stress effect
hormonal changes which can contribute to enlarged glands. The opening on
the skin is the pore which comes in various sizes. Usually the larger
the pore the oilier your skin will be.
- Poor Hygiene - not taking care of your skin can
contribute to acne causes. The formulas of the products you use have to
be oil free and made specifically for an acne skin. Never use alcohol
on your skin.
- Infection - when the skin around the pore becomes
inflamed, red or swollen it is the body's immune system telling you it
is trying to rid itself of the bacteria your body has produced deep in
the skin. It manifests itself as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or
- Diet - does not cause acne. Certain foods can aggravate the condition but your diet does not cause acne.
Types of Acne
Acne vulgaris in its mild to moderate form is the most commonly occurring acne. Its breakouts include:
- Whiteheads are pores not exposed to the air. They are totally blocked with the dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum.
- Papules are red bumps that get inflamed and can be
very painful. These bumps should not be squeezed due to the scarring
they can cause.
- Blackheads are essentially whiteheads that have opened exposing them to the air. The oxygen is what turns a whitehead black.
- Pustules that are inflamed have a yellow or white
center with a red ring around it. Cysts tend to be large red areas
imbedded deeper in the skin.
Severe acne vulgaris has cysts and nodules involved in the
breakout. Nodules are much more painful lesions than the ones that
happen in the milder forms of this acne. They are also larger and can
last a long time. These bumps are hard and located under the person's
Bottom Line - acne and causes comes down to overactive oil glands
in the skin and an accumulation of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria
leading to inflammation in the pores.
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