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Acne

Acne 

 

Although most people associate acne with the troublesome teenage years, it can erupt at any age. Indeed, up to 8% of those who had clear skin in their youth develop acne as adults. Fortunately there a variety of ways to control outbreaks – no matter how old you are when they occur.

The most common form of acne is acne vulgaris. This encompasses blackheads, whiteheads and raised red blemishes with semisolid centres. In severe cases (cystic acne), clusters of painful, fluid filled cysts or firm painless lumps appear beneath the skins surface; both can lead to unsightly permanent pitting and scarring.

 

What causes it? 

 

Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands at the base of the hair follicles of the skin secrete too much sebum.

Hormonal imbalances can lead to an over production of sebum – a common problem during adolescence, especially in boys. In women, menstrual periods or pregnancy can also create acne-producing hormonal disturbances. Other acne triggers include emotional stress, the friction or rubbing of clothing against the skin, and certain medications, particularly steroids, contraceptives or drugs that affect hormone levels.

Contrary to popular belief, acne is probably not cause by eating chocolate, shellfish, nuts or fatty snacks or by drinking colas. However, some doctors – and patients- contend that acne can be brought on by certain foods or food allergies.

 

Did you know?

 

Holding the telephone receiver of a telephone too tightly against your skin can cause acne to break out along the side of your chin.

 

A 5% solution of topical Tea Tree Oil is as effective as, but gentler than, 5% Benzoyl Peroxide for drying up mild acne blemishes, according to a study in Australia. Higher doses up to 15% Tea Tree Oil, may be more helpful for more severe cases of acne.

Acne Supplements

 

Vitamin B6 may be useful for acne aggravated by the menstrual cycle or the menopause.

Vitamin C Vitamin E and Selenium promote a healthy immune system, helping to keep acne-causing bacteria in check. Taken with any or all of these vitamins, Zinc enhances immune function, reduces inflammation and promotes healthy hormone levels.

The herb Agnus Castus (Chasteberry) is also used to help with menstruation related acne. Other herbs traditionally used include Burdock, Red Clover and Echinacea. Evening Primrose Oil may be used when the lesions are disappearing, it should not be used during acute flare-ups.

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