What is acne?
The simple explanation is : Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. This skin condition usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. It can affect people of all ages but usually appears mostly in teenagers.
Fact : We have 5 million hair follicles so no wonder 3 out of 4 people get this skin disease
So we know the sebaceous glands which are attached to the hair follicles produce the sebum or oil that is meant to lubricate the hair and your skin. Also we know that the outer layer of skin comprises of dead skin cells. Now the problem occurs when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil and when it reaches the top of skin to come out – it can mix with the dead skin cells causing a blockage.
Has anyone got any whiteheads?? This is when the opening has closed and the sebum builds up into a little white lump.
Or has anyone got any blackheads?? This is caused when the skin is open and the sebum turns black through oxidisation.
Now when these blocked follicles become infected by bacteria, swelling will occur and a pimple will form. All these three skin lesions are what we call acne.
What causes Acne?
* Primarily during the teens hormones play a huge part. Namely the male hormone, testosterone, which is in charge of the hair growth and oil production in the skin. If you catch and treat the condition early on – you will have better results. So best to get your teenager to a good Beauty Therapist who can teach your teen better skin cleansing techniques.
* Stress produces the hormone Cortisol and what does Cortisol do… increases the oil flow within the skin! So you have to look for ways to get your lifestyle healthy as well as your skin.
* Diet – Sugar has now been proven to aggravate acne. Need I say more?
How to get your skin acne free?
First and foremost, you need to ensure you are cleansing the skin properly and as often as needed. Keeping the skin clean and free of bacteria as much as possible is the one thing that will show immediate results.
Do not moisturise over the acne. Why moisturise over skin that is already over moisturised?
Think about your nutrition and about the anti-oxidants that fight free radicals, the bad skin cells that contribute to acne. Eat lots of veg and foods containing Vit C and Zinc. Look at it this way… you want to up your immune system which is going to absolutely improve your skin health.
Exercise is a fantastic way of getting the blood flow to take away toxins from the skin therefore taking away bacteria etc.
Drinks lots of water. This is going to speed up the detoxing of your skin.
Finally, skincare. Make sure you look out for products with antioxidants such as Vit A and Vit C. Salicylic Acid a terrific ingredient to dissolve the oil in the skin.
JL Recommends: Exfoliating Cleanser, Skin Scrub and Smart Retinol