Potential Causes of Acne

June 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Acne

In every disease, new variations occur due to altered lifestyle or climatic patterns that warrant new researches. Acne problem is also susceptible to these but acne problem and acne control are by and large a well-researched areas.

Acne connection with teens

Acne problem is the continuing problem of generations of teenagers. About 85% of teenagers or those in their early twenties have the problem during any of their growing-up stages. This is the direct result of increased hormonal activity during that period in both sexes.

Another cause of acne is the increased secretion of skin oil or sebum of the hair follicles on the face, upper chest, and the back. Increased sebum secretion may not always pose a problem, especially if skin is washed with necessary frequency with soap and water. But sometimes oil may accumulate and give rise to blackheads.

Many acne problems have been traced directly to increased oil secretion by sebaceous glands. While blackheads may be a mild type of acne, the skin pores might get closed with excess oil, leading to the growth of whiteheads. The condition may worsen with the follicles rupturing and getting infected. The white blood cells unleashed by the body’s immune system and the bacteria and dead skin cells all would then join together to give rise to inflamed acne that make acne control difficult.

Psychological factors may not lead directly to an acne problem but it can aid or worsen an existing condition, making acne control difficult. For example, stress can lead to hormonal imbalances that can cause an acne outbreak. Stress and anxiety can also weaken the immune system, thereby making the ruptured follicles more prone to attack by bacteria, and thus bringing about a fresh acne eruption or worsening an existing acne problem.

Drugs as acne cause

Continued use of drugs like barbiturates and tetracycline can lead to acne problems. Use of anabolic steroids can also have the same effect. For better acne control, a person should ideally keep off these drugs except during unavoidable circumstances.

Heredity causes

Researches have not fully established the extent to which hereditary factors can create acne problems. Acne is definitely seen to be prevalent in some families. But whether the factors promoting acne are actually located in the genes, or whether the deciding factor is climate or eating patterns, is yet to be established.

The importance of diet and skin care

Oily food need not necessarily cause increased sebum production and cause acne. A balanced and nutritious diet is necessary for overall health and skin care and this can translate as acne help as well, by balancing body’s fat content and hormones. Other than that, nothing like chocolates or soft drinks have been found to positively or negatively affect acne control.

In the same way, proper hygiene is also required for acne control by promoting the overall health of the body. Though it is not surface dirt that causes acne, regularly cleansing the skin and using proper skin care products will translate as acne help. Skin should not be too oily, or too dry, and exposure to air can also be reduced, since it can aid the eruption of blackheads. Whether acne is hereditary or not hereditary, acne control to a certain extent is possible with proper hygiene and a balanced diet.

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