Acne is a very common skin condition and affects us in the primal years of our lives right at adolescence. It can be painful and cause scarring if left untreated. Contrary to the popular belief, that frequent washing or a change in diet can cure acne, the truth is over- washing and harsh chemicals can actually worsen it. It not only affect teenagers, but a growing number of women in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s experience adult acne, which can be extremely frustrating, causing anxiety and reducing self-esteem.
Acne vulgaris, otherwise known as acne, is a long term skin condition characterized by the existence of comedones, papules, pustules and nodules, all of which can lead to scarring. Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands, when these glands become clogged with sebum bacteria, inflammatory cells build up inside the gland. This causes redness, swelling and pus – a pimple. Hormonal changes may cause the skin to become oily, thus acne is most commonly found in teenagers but can affect anyone, including babies and adults.
There are many misconceptions about the causes of acne. Acne does not come from eating a lot of junk food. Research does not show that chocolate, nuts and greasy foods cause acne. However, diets that are high in refined sugars may be related to an increase in pimples. It is always important to eat a well balanced diet, however a strict diet by itself will not clear your skin.