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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Acne? Here's the Solution

What Is Acne?
Your skin has tiny holes called pores that that can become blocked by oil, bacteria, and dirt. Some people call it blackheads, blemishes, whiteheads, pimples, or zits. When you have just a few red spots, or pimples, you have a mild form of acne. If your skin is repeatedly affected by this condition, you may have acne. Although acne is not a life-threatening condition, it can be painful, particularly when it is severe. It can also cause emotional distress. Acne that appears on the face can impact self-esteem and, over time, may cause permanent scarring.

What Causes Acne?
Acne occurs when the pores on your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. Each pore on your skin is the opening to a follicle. The follicle is made up of a hair and asebaceous (oil) gland. The oil gland releases sebum (oil), which travels up the hair, out of the pore, and onto your skin. The sebum keeps your skin lubricated and soft. If you develop acne, this may be because of one or more problems in this lubrication process. These possible causes include:
  • Too much oil or sebum is being produced by the follicle
  • Dead skin cells are accumulating in the pore
  • Bacteria has built up in the pore
  • Eating chocolate or greasy foods
  • Using Oil-based skin products.
  • Hormonal changes caused by puberty or pregnancy
  • Certain medications such as birth control pills or corticosteroids
  • A diet high in refined sugars or carbohydrates such as bread and chips
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