All adolescents experience some form of acne in their teenage years
50% of all adults suffer from this persistent condition
Acne is a complex cycle of events…
( I found the description below, sourced from a field plant based anti-aging skin care document, absolutely faascinating. After reading this cycle it makes one want to wash your face, doesn't it? )
1. Begins with the sebaceous gland ( found at the bottom of the hair follicle) this gland produces an excess of sebum
2. This natural skin oil travels up the hair follicle and spreads on the skin’s surface – the result sometimes is merely oily skin
3. The sebum becomes degraded from the ever present microorganisms – as the sebum continues to degrade the chemical byproduct this causes skin cells lining the hair follicle to fall off – The sebum and shedded skin cells create a plug at the opening of the hair follicle or pore
4. If the plug does not completely block the pore it becomes darkened – known as a blackhead
5. If the plug is completely blocked and no air can get in or the sebum can’t get out then a whitehead is formed
6. In this lovely low oxygen environment another type of microorganism thrives propionibacterium acnes (p.acnes) and begins to flourish.
7. This microorganism further degrades the trapped sebum creating skin irritating chemicals that cause redness often associated w/ acne
8. Free radical reactions also occur in the sebum resulting in more damage to the cells lining the follicle. The body sends white blood cells to repair the damage – this causes a battle inside the follicle causing pimples on the surface of the skin
9. As sebum, skin cells, white blood cells and bacteria continue to accumulate in the blocked pore the lining of the follicle can rupture.
10. The contents then spill out into surrounding skin tissue and potentially lead to more blocked pores
11. The reason we produce excess sebum is not completely understood but one significant trigger is an enzyme that is produced during hormonal changes.
Look for products that encourage the healing of blemishes and control the factors that contribute to the cycle of Acne.
Manucka and Tea Tree Oil are often found usefel Nutrient or Herb Based – A, E, Zinc, B’s, Licorice, Burdock, Watercress, Avoid high dosages of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide