Acne as we all know is a very common skin condition and although common is perhaps the most frustrating of all skin problems. Probably because it is prominent on the most exposed part of our body, our face. Acne can affect almost anyone from teens to adults at any time in life.
So how does acne occur and what can we do about it?
Acne forms when our bodies over produce sebum, an oily substance that penetrates into the pores and hair follicles and mixes in with dead skin cells. This cocktail of oil, hair and skin clogs the area, making an ideal environment for bacteria. Once the bacteria is established our bodies natural defense mechanism sends white blood cells to defend against the infection.
What is the Scientific Take on Acne?
Acne is formed in large part due to lack of breathing room for pores. The following information can give you a solid understanding of where and why acne forms.
Most Common Area The T-Zone
The T-Zone is the front facing area of your face, your chin, nose and forehead. This is where acne most commonly affects people. Another location that is common for acne eruptions are the side of your face. A theory for this is because of prolonged usage of cell phones against the skin, causing heat sweat and spreading bacteria on the face.
How Hormones Affect Acne
The main cause of acne is in fact hormonal changes within the body. This is why pre-teens and teens are the most common sufferers of acne. There are medications that doctors can prescribe to help with controlling hormones, however it is not recommended. Acne can be treated easily with natural skin cleansers or gentle skin care products.
Fast Food and Acne
The idea that fast food is causing acne is generally a debunked theory and usually circulated by celebrities trying to understand their own acne problems. For example just recently Salcura Skin Care wrote a blog about Cameron Diaz’s acne and how she thought it was caused by her love for fast food. You can read the blog post here. There is a theory circulating that fast foods especially the greasy kind are causing and making acne worse. However there is no evidence to prove this and in fact scientists say that it is dairy, sugar and carbohydrates that aggravate an existing acne condition.
If you are struggling with Acne symptoms, try a natural gentle acne skincare product that is specifically formulated to clean the skin without causing moisture loss. Look at our Salcura line of products for help with your acne.