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Acne 101: Understanding Acne

Monday, January 16, 2012

Having acne is a frustrating experience. However, it is something that you can manage with a good skin care plan and a total acne solution that can effectively treat and control acne.

So, what is causing acne?

Let’s start with an ‘Acne 101’ overview to get a sense of what’s actually happening here.

Beneath your skin’s surface there are follicles (pores) with sebaceous glands attached to them that produce and secrete a protective oil called sebum.

Sebum is responsible for reducing water loss in your skin and plays a part in the immune regulation by protecting the skin from infection causing fungi and bacteria.

Sebum under normal circumstances is good.  However, when there's an over production of sebum it can be a nuisance to the skin and can cause acne.

An example is during puberty, testosterone levels rise in both sexes which increases sebum production. At the same time, the keratin in your skin becomes unusually sticky causing the sebum to clog your pores and prevent skin shedding.

If the follicle opens, then blackheads can form but if it doesn’t open enough then whiteheads appear and inflammation can occur. Most acne sufferers have a combination of both.

Acne is one of the most common skin problems.

Here is a video to help you understand more about acne.

There are several treatments available in the market claiming to treat acne. But, the best products are the ones that compliments your skin care, treats acne and helps you maintain a clear and healthy skin inside-out!



Photo: Devianart : Humblehum

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