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Understanding Acne - the 4 Causes and 3 Prevention Tips

Aug 17, 2008
Acne has become one of the problems plaguing millions of people today. People from all ages are prone to this infection but it is most common to adolescents because of the hormonal changes occurring in their body. Infections may vary from mild to moderate to severe wherein almost the entire surface of the face is covered with whiteheads, blackheads, lesions, cysts and nodules. This could be very devastating and will greatly affect a person self esteem.

In order to fight acne, first you have to understand what it is, what causes it and how to prevent it.

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin disease that is commonly seen in the face, back, neck and chest. This occurs when your oil glands produces more oil called sebum (excessive sebum production is usually brought about by hormone changes), this excess oil can get trapped in your pores and when this happens bacteria begins to grow which causes whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

The 4 Causes Acne

There are a lot of factors that could lead to acne and being aware of them increases your chances of preventing infection. Although the real cause of acne is still to be determined.

1. Genes - Sad as it may seem but it is true that acne can be inherited. In these cases, a professional advice may be best in order to find the treatment suitable for you.

2. Poor Diet - Proper diet will help maintain good health and if you are healthy it will show in your skin. Load up with fruits and vegetables as these contain anti-oxidants and fibers that will help clean your system. Avoid food that has preservatives as your body might react on the chemicals and cause acne.

3. Stress - I'm sure you have noticed that whenever you are stressed your face gets oilier and you get pimples. This is because of the hormonal activity related to stress that stimulates our adrenal glands to produce more oil or sebum.

4. Environment - Living in a humid environment will make you sweat more, although sweat does not directly cause pimple but it could block your pores. Living in a dirty environment is also a factor since dirt can and will block your pores.

Other factors are identifiable with acne, we just have to be aware and try to determine what is causing them in order to treat them.

The 3 Acne Prevention Tips

Don't ever think that you're immune to it just because you don't have it, everybody is prone to acne, so before that first sign, follow these simple tips.

1. Keep Your Face Clean - Wash your face when needed. Whenever your face is oily, after being exposed to pollution, after a sweaty exercise etc...Washing gets rid of excess oil and dead skin cells that might block your pores.

2. Drink Plenty of Fluids - Water cleanses your internal system by flushing out harmful toxins and excess oil. Pineapple juice also helps clean your system and it has high amounts of Vitamin C and B1 that is important in maintaining a healthy skin.

3. Drink Tea - If you're wondering why the Chinese people have beautiful skin it is because they are drinking significant amounts of tea. Tea is rich in anti-oxidants that helps rid your body of harmful chemicals.

Preventing acne is always better than curing them, it takes discipline especially if you don't see any sign of acne in you body. But wouldn't it be nice to keep it that way?
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