Whenever you see the familiar red and white pimples that are associated with acne, you should know that they are usually a result of blocked and sometimes infected pores. Acne is for the most part an affliction that’s more common in adolescence; in fact, more than 80 percent of the cases are of those between the ages of 12 and 21. However, it is now appearing more frequently among adults.
Hormones are also a main cause of acne. Usually, the human body produces a lubricant by the name of sebum, which it secretes via sebaceous glands to the skin. This lubricant is essential to the skin because it protects it against the elements and it keeps it moist. However, during the time of adolescence or other hormonal changes, the erratic activity of the hormones changes this process; therefore, it can create several conditions that are most likely to bring about acne. Firstly, the glandular canals become clogged and hardened by the oil, instead of it passing harmlessly through the glands. As this happens, you’re going to notice red bumps (pimples) that show up on the skin. Secondly, there is an increase of keratin, which is a protective protein that covers the skin. Thirdly, those same hormones can cause an increase in the number of sebaceous glands, which leaves more opportunities for the development of acne.
Every single one of the factors mentioned above can cause clogged and infected pores, which will then result in an increase of bacteria as well as increased yeast growth on your skin. Inflammation of the skin becomes a problem when there is an overgrowth of these organisms. Skin redness and pustule formation are a direct result of superficial inflammation. However, the formation of scars, nodules and cysts can be a result of inflammation that occurs deeper in the skin.
You cannot rule out the role of food allergies or sensitivities, which can worsen or cause acne. Additionally, yeast overgrowth or candida can be an essential cause of acne. This is usually caused by overuse of antibiotics, which destroys healthy bacteria and sets up the right conditions for the overgrowth of candida. Some people are treated for acne with long-term use of antibiotics, which can cause the problem to get worse as well as open them to digestive problems. Another thing to look at that can improve or cure acne are nutritional deficiencies. Key nutrients that are important in the preventing of acne are zinc, essential fatty acids and many more.
If you or someone in your family suffers from acne, be careful and keep an eye out for the widely and mostly used conventional treatments. Many of the so called treatments out there for acne are usually prescription drugs and harsh lotions that can cause your skin to become dry, red, scaly, and sun sensitive. Antibiotics can destroy the natural balance of intestinal flora, which can lead to yeast infections and digestive disturbances like diarrhea. Instead of the conventional treatments, you might want to try natural remedies for acne, which puts emphasis on dietary changes, stress reduction, naturally balancing hormones, the elimination of foods that may be problematic and detoxification.