Acne is not a superficial thing. Mostly it is caused by what
is happening under the skin. No amount of washing will make it go
away, in fact, over washing can aggravate acne.
Acne is triggered by over-activity in the sebaceous (oil-producing)
glands. And at the same time, keratin, which is a protein in the
lining of your pores, begins to form little lumps.
The build up of dead skin cells and sebum clogs the skin pores and
forms a plug. This plug stops the excess sebum getting out. Bacteria
then multiply and irritate the skin. That's when angry red, black
or yellow pustules form.
what you will read in many magazines, diet has never clearly been
implicated in acne. There isn't a scientific reason for any particular
diet although some women are convinced that a particular food aggravates
their acne, and it is reasonable that they avoid the offending food.
cosmetics promote the formation of comedo(a blocked skin pore) through
oils in the application. Some cosmetics may cause chemical irritation
leading to inflamed papules and pustules. Using oil-free cosmetics
or those labelled non-comedogenic is recommended.
frequently improves in the hot summer months. It is shown that acne
is improved by both visible and ultraviolet light. Sunshine and
swimming in salt water seem anecdotally to be beneficial in many
cases. But the use of an effective, oil-free sunscreen agent is
important. However, in a small number of people, acne can be aggravated
by the sun.
is common in so many women's lives with the number of roles they
have to fill. Many blame stress for an exacerbation of their acne.
Acne itself is likely to be a significant cause of further stress,
especially when a person tends to pick the lesions, making them