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Acne 101: What Causes Acne & How To Treat It




According to certain studies, acne varies from quite mild to tremendously severe. It typically forms when the lining of the skin duct as well as the sebaceous glands starts to work overtime. With the onset of acne, the lining of the duct actually shed cells which are then transported away to the shell of the skin by the sebum. Once the duct is blocked, it is when the sebum and cells start to amass, forming a plug known as comedo. Once the plug stays below the plane of the skin, whiteheads or “closed comedo” occurs.


There are a lot of factors that contribute to the formation of acne, but in terms of its real cause, no one is actually certain as to what exactly causes acne to develop or why it starts in adolescence. However, factors like hereditary top the list. It has long been deemed the most important factor that plays a large role in acne development. As most people believe, if a member of your family had acne, there is a great possibility that you will have acne too.


Experts have said that when treating a person for acne, the only way to obtain results from effective treatments is through various healthy lifestyle changes. When I say “healthy lifestyle changes”, it includes the way you eat, sleep, work, play, etc. As much as possible, you should try to focus on all areas that need changing. This is very important in order for a sustained effort to be completed. If your goal is to treat your othering acne, then try to treat your whole self in as many ways as possible.


When the body of both males and females is stressed, more adrenal androgen is released, causing a double amount of testosterone. It is this doubling effect that causes the T zone of the face to be oily, while other areas are still dry from dehydration. Also, note that adult acne is sometimes the by-product of stress and dehydration. And, water and estrogen are the factors that calm the body’s stress alarm system.


Tips for Controlling Acne


Water is Best

Water is by far the most effective treatment for acne. This will help your body in getting rid of oil, waste, and toxins, and water even helps to moisten your skin as it keeps your pores from clogging. Perhaps what is most important is that water helps to relieve stress and relax your body in the end, so you can have a better sleep. Note that water and sleep are factors that help reduce stress. Along with this, try to lessen your coffee, sodas, tea, and alcohol intake as much as possible. The reason behind this is that they are partial diuretics that drive more water out of the cells of the body than they put in.


Watch Your Diet


Note that diet affects acne. So be careful with what you eat. As much as possible, try to eat foods that are low in fat, as fats produce more oils in the body that are capable of producing acne.


Avoid Alcohol


A number of people think that alcohol is one of the best ways to relax and relieve stress. Well, alcohol may do this, but studies have found that alcohol causes the formation of acne. It is considered capable of producing acne knowing that it is an astringent, thus it shrinks the skin's pores, making them more prone to clogging.


Indeed, there are a lot of ways to control and fight acne, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so far the best one to consider. It is important to note that healthy lifestyles will lead you to attain healthier skin and a healthier body. Changing your unfavorable habits will reward you with better general health, more energy, and clearer skin to show the world. If you were once afraid to make changes, please don’t be. Of course, the initial effects may be hard to grasp at first, but as you go on, you will find out that you can quickly learn to adapt to them.



-Misty Cassady




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