Discover The Most Common Causes of Acne

 


Visitors: 284

While acne is not completely understood, there is a substantial knowledge of the biology behind it.

The main cause is an oily substance produced by your body called sebum, whose main function is to help keep your skin and hair lubcricated. During the adolescent years, the body can overproduce sebum which then combines with dead skin cells and clogs pores.

The build-up of oil beneath the skin's surface in these clogged pores creates an environment where bacteria can thrive. When these bacteria form, the skin become red and inflamed and causes what we call a pimple.

The overproduction of the substance sebum is brought on by testosterone. While this is a male hormone, it is present in both males and females. During puberty, the body starts to react to testosterone differently and this new reaction is what causes the skin to become more oily.

By the early 20's, most people's body acclimatizes to the presence of testosterone and the acne problem goes away.

Acne has been shown to be hereditary to a certain degree, but there is no conclusive reason that some people are affected while other aren't. Some of the contributing factors appear to be stress, diet, skin type, and certain medications.

Some of the medications that often contribute to acne problems are anabolic steroids, halogens, androgens and lithium.

Diet-related factors seem to be primarily related to skim milk based products. While many people associate chocolate and greasy foods with pimples, there is in fact no evidence that they are actually related.

It is tempting to “pop" pimple but this can actually lead to a more severe problem. Squeezing the pimple can cause the bacteria to spread to the surrounding skin, which can lead to more pimples. Plus, squeezing them can lead to scarring of the skin, which in the worst cases may be permanent.

Even the simple - and often unconscious - act of touching your face can be a factor in acne. Our hands contain oils and bacteria that can lead to further problems for people who are suffering with acne.

This extends to anything that comes in contact with the face - telephones, glasses, sunglasses, hats, etc. Anything that could potentially be carrying bacteria could ultimately lead to a more serious acne problem.

John Lenaghan writes about acne control and other acne related topics on the Acne Squad website. For more information visit http://www.acnesquad.com

(425)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
Acne The 7 Common Acne Myths Are Discussed
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

The Breakdown On The Many Types Of Acne To Include The Most Common Form Of Acne .

by: Tim Gorman (May 03, 2007) 
(Health and Fitness)

Acne Cleanser, Acne Lotion and More – a Quick Look at Common Acne Products

by: Paton Jackson (July 23, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Get Rid of Acne in 6 Days Discover the Guaranteed Secrets to Being Acne Free ..

by: C. Williams (September 25, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Stop Spending a Fortune on Acne Products Discover Valid Acne Solutions

by: Christie Love (June 29, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Acne Prevention Tips - Discover Best Solutions To Stop Acne From Occurring

by: Shirley Peel (November 30, 2006) 
(Health and Fitness)

Acne Home Treatment - Discover the Acne Magic Formula?

by: Tosin Samuel (January 02, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Effective Acne Control Discover the Truth About Beating Acne

by: Carter James (June 28, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Discover How to Clear Your Acne 100% by Using Natural Acne Treatments

by: Greg McNaughton (February 05, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Want to Be Acne Free? Dont Fall For Common Acne Myths!

by: Dan Dellison (July 04, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)

Acne The 7 Common Acne Myths Are Discussed

by: W. Darren (July 11, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Acne)