Home Remedies For Acne




Acne is a widely known skin problem that shows up as different types of bumps. Acne mostly affects skin with a greater number of oil glands; including the face, upper part of the chest, and back. It include whiteheads, pimples, blackheads and bumps that are filled with pus, called pustules.

Acne is a skin condition that affects most people at some time during their lives. It often occurs during the teenage years, although it can affect children and adults as well.

During puberty in both sexes, acne is often brought on by an increase in androgens such as testosterone. It can last for many months and sometimes years if left untreated.


However do you wonder what acne really are?

Your skin is covered with tiny holes called hair follicles, or pores. Pores contain sebaceous glands that make sebum, an oil that moistens your hair and skin.

Acne develops as a result of blockages in the follicles. Hyperkeratinization and formation of a plug of keratin and sebum (a microcomedo) is the earliest change.

Enlargement of sebaceous glands and an increase in sebum production occur with increased androgen (DHEA-S) production at adrenarche.

The sebum (a microcomedo) may enlarge to form an open comedo or closed comedo. If the comedo remains below the skin's surface, it produces a white bump called a whitehead.  

If the comedo which happens to be exposed on the skin's surface is called blackhead. This black discoloration is due to exposed to air.

Comedones result from the clogging of sebaceous glands with sebum and dead skin cells. In these conditions, it can cause inflammation within and around the follicle, leading to inflammatory lesions (papules, infected pustules, or nodules) in the dermis around the microcomedo or comedone, which results in redness and may result in scarring.

Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also be non-inflammatory.
Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring. 


What Are the Factors for Developing Acne?

Acne outbreaks is results from diverse related factors. One significant factor is an increase in hormone levels.

These hormones, called androgens (male sex hormones), increase in both boys and girls for the duration of puberty and can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum.

Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also can affect sebum production.

One other factor is genetics. Research studies have been revealed that if your parents had acne when they were children, or if they experience adult acne, your chances of experiencing the same problems is significantly increased.

Certain drugs, including corticosteroids, barbiturates, lithium, anticonvulsants, androgenic steroids, DHEA, and medications that contain bromides or iodides, can cause acne or acne-like eruptions. Starting or stopping the birth control pills can also cause acne.

One of the most common causes of acne are certain cosmetics products. Many ingredients irritate skin follicles and can cause pore clogging, which leads to acne. Greasy
or oily cosmetic may alter the cells of the follicles and make them stick together, producing a plug.

Check product ingredient labels and choose products that are oil free and non-comedogenic formulas for cosmetics products. Non-comedogenic products have been tested and proven not to clog pores and cause acne.

Pomade acne is a breakout caused by hair care products including conditioner, shampoo, gel, and hair spray.

This form of acne occurs when oils from hair care products seep into your skin, usually around the hairline, and trap acne causing bacteria in pores.

To fight this problem, apply the hair products before you wash your face so that any pimple producing residue can be washed away. Or choose hair care products that are oil-free.

Oily hair may contribute to clogging the surface of pores, so shampoo your hair daily, especially if it is oily.

Like anything else that transfers dirt and oil to your skin, pillowcases can be the cause of acne. When your pillowcase is not laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of oil and dirt from your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.


Is there a better solution available that will help you better control your acne issue?

Further related information: Home remedies for pimples