ACNE is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands.The glands become clogged, leading to pimples and cysts.Acne most often begins in puberty, the male sex harmone ANDROGEN increases in both boys and girls causing the sebaceous glands to become more active resulting in increased production of oil.(sebum).
OTHER CAUSES OF ACNE
Harmone level changes during the menstrual cycle in women.
Certain drugs such as corticosteroids,lithium and barbiturates.
Bacteria inside pimples
Acne can be aggravated by squeezing the pimples or by scrubbing the skin too hard.
SYMPTOMS OF ACNE
Acne can occur anywhere in the body but often appears where there is a high concentration of sebaceous glands
pus filled lesions that may be painful
ACNE-FACTS AND MYTHS
DOES DIET AFFECT ACNE?
-no direct link has been found between acne and diet
-It is a myth that chocolate and fried food make acne worse
-However a good balanced diet will improve your general well being and this will be reflected in the condition of your skin.
DOES SEX AFFECT ACNE?
No,Although the sex harmone Testesterone is the primary cause of acne you do not develop acne because you have too much of the harmone or are oversexed.Masturbation and whether you have sex or not has no effect on acne and certainly does not cause it.
DOES ACNE BECOME WORSE BEFORE PERIODS?
Yes,many women notice that their acne gets worse 2-7 days before their periods startThis is due to changes in their harmone levels at this stage in the menstrual cycle.
WILL PREGNANCY IMPROVE ACNE?
Yes and no
.Somewomen's acne virtually disappears but often recurs at the end of pregnancy while for others'pregnancy heralds thereactivation of acne or the worsening of existing condition.
DOES SWEATING AFFECT ACNE?
Yes, Many sufferers find their Acne flares up when they have been sweating a lot
DO HUMID ATMOSPHERES MAKE ACNE WORSE.?
Yes'Going on a holiday to a very humid climate or working in an environment such as a kitchenor a steamroom can cause acne to flare up.
CAN MEDICINES MAKE ACNE WORSE?
Yes'Many medicines do this. Most commonly CORTICOSTEROIDS and ANTI-EPILEPSYDRUGS.
CAN COSMETICS MAKE ACNE WORSE?
Some cosmetics may induce blackhead formation in the skin.
CAN CLOTHES AFFECT ACNE?
Continual pressure from headband,tight bra straps and collars may cause spots in those areas of the skin.