Acne – The Bain Of Most Teenagers Lives
Acne Vulgaris commonly called Acne is a common type of skin disease. It is also referred to as pimples spots or zits.
It is caused by changes in the skin structures, hair follicle and the associated sebaceous glands. It most commonly occurs during adolescence, affecting more than 85 % of the teenagers and can continue into adulthood especially when the increased hormonal activity weakens the immune system.
Another cause can be due to impurities in the air and water. When the hair follicle pores on the skin become blocked, sebum builds up inside the skin and becomes infected with bacteria.
White-heads tend to develop when the infection stays under the skins surface, If the infection partly reaches the skin surface and changes colour, it then develops into a blackhead.
This can then in turn develop into a pimple and will go red. This redness is caused by the body’s inflammatory response. Actually this inflammation is a sign that the immune system is working to fight an infection. However this response doesn’t always work perfectly, and can result in occasional scarring. Sometimes the after-effects of the inflammatory response can leave the skin red for weeks, months, and sometimes for a year or more.
It is in adolescents where its effect is felt the most, the onset of acne can have a marked effect on the sufferers self esteem and can result in depression unless the problem is treated quickly and aggressively
It Can Be Hereditary
Acne can be hereditary, often it passes down through the generations, hormonal changes during puberty are also responsible, along with menstrual cycles and sometimes stress can bring it on. A build up of dead skin cells can also block the pores leading to an onset of acne.
It is thought that acne and a poor diet is linked, but research still has to confirm this, seafood with high iodine content has been proven to make acne worse as can refined sugars and processed foods.
One thing that has been given the all clear when it comes to acne is chocolate!!
Recently studies have determined that newly diagnosed acne sufferers have recorded lower than average levels of Vtamin A in their bloodstream, this also applies to vitamin E.
It has been determined that sufferers should try and consume food high in Vitamins A and E, or take the equivalent supplements