Have you ever faced this situation? I’m sure it like bad night dream for you especially for woman. This moments make meAcne is a term for a variety of symptoms such as pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. Acne starts when the sebaceous glands overproduce oil or sebum, secreted through the pores. Sebum carries dead cells away with it but the overproduction of sebum blocks the pores with a sticky mass of oil and dead cells. When this happends the bacteria which are normally found in the skin changes this mass into compounds (pus). These compounds irritate and cause small glands to burst, resulting in inflammation and the development of unattractive pimples filled with pus.
Pimples usually appear on the face, neck, chest, back and sometimes the scalp. They start appearing at puberty, between the ages of the 10 and 17 as small red bumps on the skin and sometimes large cysts or nodules. Pimples occur in both male and female adolescents but males are more likely to have a severe form of acne. Pimple normally clear up after adolescence. At puberty, the level of the sex hormones in both male and female rise and this stimulates the production of oil or sebum. Pimples or acne can also be due to heredity, stress, certain drugs which will stimulate the production of sebum, or exposure to grease which will block hair follicles.
Below is the factors that cause acne :
• Heredity: With the exception of very severe acne, most people do not have the problem exactly as their parents did. Almost everyone has some acne at some point in their life.
• Food: Parents often tell teens to avoid pizza, chocolate, greasy and fried foods, and junk food. While these foods may not be good for overall health, they don’t cause acne or make it worse. Although some recent studies have implicated milk and dairy products in aggravating acne, these findings are far from established.
• Dirt: As mentioned above, “blackheads” are oxidized oil, not dirt. Sweat does not cause acne, therefore, it is not necessary to shower instantly after exercise for fear that sweat will clog pores. On the other hand, excessive washing can dry and irritate the skin.
• Stress: Some people get so upset by their pimples that they pick at them and make them last longer. Stress, however, does not play much of a direct role in causing acne.
• Hormones: Some women break out cyclically, but most women (and men) don’t. Some oral contraceptive pills may help relieve acne, but unless a woman has abnormal menstrual periods and excessive hair growth, it’s unlikely that hormones play much of a role in causing acne. Pregnancy has a variable effect on acne; some women report that they clear up completely, and others get worse, while many others see no overall change.
• Cosmetics: Most cosmetic and skin-care products are not pore-clogging (“comedogenic”). Of the many available brands, those which are listed as “water-based” or “oil-free” are generally a better choice.
• Pressure: In some patients, pressure from helmets, chinstraps, collars, suspenders, and the like can aggravate acne.
• Drugs: Some medications may cause or worsen acne, such as those containing iodides, bromides, or oral or injected steroids (either the medically prescribed prednisone or the steroids that bodybuilders or athletes take). Other drugs that can cause or aggravate acne are anticonvulsant medications and lithium, which is used to treat bipolar disorder. Most cases of acne, however, are not drug-related.
This is some step if you have acne:
• Eat food rich in vitamin A such as liver and eggs to maintain a healthy skin.
• Eat dark green or orange vegetables such as spinach and carrots and orange fruits such as apricots and mangoes as they contain beta-carotene which the body will convert to vitamin A. So you should make sure that the diet contains plenty of polyunsaturated fats, such as in corn oil, sunflower oil, some margarines, nuts and oily fish and vitamin C and E.
• Clean your skin gently
• Try not to touch your skin
• Avoid the sun