Acne is a skin condition that affects the sebaceous follicles of the skin. It’s a chronic inflammatory disorder that’s most common among teenagers, but also affects many people in their adult years.
It is caused by an excessive production of an oily substance called sebum by the sebaceous glands. If you’re suffering with acne, it’s important to remember that it’s not a reflection of who you are as a whole. People with acne are often stringent with their hygiene practises, and acne is usually caused by genetics, hormonal changes and more.
Pimples are a symptom of acne, but not the same condition. If you would like help preventing pimples, we can provide support.
Acne can be a painful experience and often comes hand in hand with mental health challenges, like anxiety, embarrassment and depression. It can bring on the fear that everyone is looking at you.
The characteristic lesions of acne are the comedones, which are dark, horny, follicular plugs. These plugs may be open to the air (called blackheads) or closed, in which case they are known as whiteheads. The result for the majority of client is scarring of different sizes and shapes on their faces.
Acne is believed to be caused by several factors, but hormonal imbalance and nutritional deficiencies are a significant contributor. Acne usually stops by the age of 25. Causes include:
- Puberty; increased testosterone levels
- Excessive use of cosmetics
- Hormonal disturbances and PMS
- Use of oral contraceptive pills
- Food intolerances
- Constipation and lack of fibre
- Some vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Inadequate probiotic levels in the gut
- Family history of acne