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Fight Acne with Vitamins and Over the Counter Products

Aug 17, 2007
Acne is a common skin condition that can have many forms. Generally, acne refers to the medical term Acne Vulgaris and is caused by bacteria called Propion. This is the most common form of Acne and it is an inflammatory disease, which affect the hair follicles and oil producing glands of the human skin.

Acne is nearly always the product of blood impurities. Rising hormones levels during puberty, in both male and females, and will cause your oil glands, which open into pores on the surface of your skin to expand by producing more oil called sebum. If the oil produced in those glands, 2,000 of them per square inch on your forehead alone, mixes with skin cells and bacteria just under the surface of your skin, a blackhead develops. And if the top of the oil gland isn't wide enough, a whitehead develops, builds and erupts into a pimple.

In severe acne cases, large red bumps called cysts form. The cysts can be very painful and may cause permanent scaring. These physical scars can cause extreme emotional distress that can last a lifetime through anxiety, loss of self-esteem and depression.

To avoid these emotional and physical scars, Dermatologists recommend starting treatment as soon as symptoms appear and continue appropriate treatment for as long as necessary to prevent the acne from recurring.

Acne usually appears on the face but can also appear on the neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.

Whey acne being in boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 11, it usually results in a very severe case of acne as a teenager.

25 percent of adult men and 50 percent of adult women suffer from occasional occurrences of acne. Acne in adults is thought to be caused by, heredity or genetic factors, vitamin deficiency, stress, poor hygiene and other factors associated with adult life styles choices.

Vitamin A Vitamin B Vitamin E
Zinc Amino Acid Aloe Vera
Tea Tree Oil Beta Carotene Benzoyl Peroxide
Resorcinol Sulfur Salicylic Acid

Vitamin A, B and E are all essential for the proper health and maintenance of the skin tissue. Vitamin A will help unplug the existing cysts and pimples allowing other topical medication to enter the follicles.

Isotretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative, is an oral drug that is usually taken once or twice a day with food for 4 to 6 months. Isotretinoin has been shown to be very effective in treating severe acne and can either improve or clear over 80% of patients studied.

Isotretinoin has a much longer effect than anti-bacterial treatments and will often cure acne for good. It reduces the size of oil glands and much less oil is produced and as a result the growth of propion bacteria is reduced.

Vitamin A is stored in the fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Zinc is needed for healing and maintaining healthy tissues. Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein and are the vital components of skin, hair, muscle tissue, the body's organs, blood cells, various enzymes and hormones.

Aloe Vera will help rejuvenate and tone skin all over. A naturally cooling gel, the Aloe Vera botanical ingredients work together to stimulate the blood circulation and naturally soften the skin.

Tea Tree Oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties and helps sooth and treat problem skin. It is used to help tighten pores and firm skin for a more youthful, healthy appearance.

Symptoms of Beta Carotene deficiency include ache, dry dull hair, dry skin and thickened scaly skin on the palms and soles of the feet.

Some over the over the counter topical treatments prescribed by Dermatologists include the following.

Benzoyl peroxide which kills the Propion bacteria and may reduce the production of excess oil.

Resorcinol, Sulfur, which can help breakdown blackheads and whiteheads.

Salicylic Acid also helps breakdown blackheads and whiteheads. It also helps cut down the shedding of cells lining the hair follicles clogging the pores of the skin. Salicylic acid is used as a mild abrasive to chemically exfoliate the skin to encourage the peeling of the top layer and to prevent a build-up of dead skin cells which combine with the oil to block pores.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and not to be construed as medical advice.
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David F. Cowley has created over 50 articles about the relationship between diseases and vitamins.
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