Fight Acne with an Acne Kit
When we think about skincare and acne, we think about it as a group of different steps we take in order to protect and heal our skin, while preventing future damage. While doing one thing to prevent acne such as face washing might work at first, the skin needs other attentions that can help treat acne when and if it occurs as well as renewing the skin and making it less prone to breakouts. What elements go into a complete acne prevention and treatment plan?
Cleanse: Use a cleanser to help refresh the skin after each day. Skin cleansing lotions are...
Hormonal Acne Treatments
For some, acne happens mostly in the teen years, but for others, acne can be a lifelong struggle. While there are many factors attributed to the cause of acne that one can change (hygienic and environmental), there are others that aren’t so easy to fix. Hormonal acne is caused by hormonal imbalances triggered by various life cycles and is one of, if not the, leading causes of acne.
There are several times when our hormones become unbalanced and wreak havoc, including puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Everyone will experience these changes differently, some might never develop a single pimple or blemish, while...
What Causes Acne? The Causes of Breakouts
While people might claim thousands of different things such as chocolate, greasy food, or caffeine can cause acne, most of these claims are merely myths and urban legends without any scientific proof. Despite all these bogus claims, science has been able to determine several causes of acne, which includes:
Abnormalities in sebum production (overactive oil production)
Cells that line the follicle do not slough or shed as they should, which leads to plugging of the hair follicle. (abnormally “sticky” cells)
Bacteria (especially propionibacterium acne)
Do Genetics and Hormones Cause Acne?
Genetics and hormones are by far the leading cause of acne and unfortunately, cannot be avoided. Genetics plays a key role because if you’re parents and siblings have a history of acne, this greatly increases your chance of developing it during your life as well. This does not mean it will be identical to your family, it could be far less or more severe and there is not any way to tell which it will be until it actually happens. Acne really is something that can just “run in the family.”
Hormones, while tied to genetics...
What Is Acne?
Acne is a very common problem and is the most common skin disease treated by physicians. It is an inflammatory condition of the hair follicle. It is commonly associated with hormones, the use of some medications, and may run in families. Acne is a skin condition that may cause emotional stress, impact self-image and quality of life, and cause physical scarring.
Acne affects between 40 and 50 million people each year in the United States alone. (White GM. Recent findings in the epidemiologic evidence, classification, and subtypes of acne vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol 39 (Suppl): S34, 1998). Acne affects 75-85%...