Saturday, January 28, 2012

Throwing Light On The Chief Origins Of Acne by Andy Guides Jr

There are many myths associated with acne. If you are suffering from this skin condition, deciphering between what is real and not can be very important. There are typically three deciding factors on what induces this skin condition. Over production of oil in the skin, agitation of hair follicles as a result of abnormal shedding of flaky, dead skin cells and the build-up of bacteria can all lead to this skin condition.

Although acne is typically associated with adolescents, it can occur in adulthood as well. This skin condition is the result of clogged hair follicles. When follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, the result is irritated skin. How does this work? Well, each individual hair follicle is in someway connected to a sebaceous gland. This gland's job is to create oils. The medical term for these oils is sebum. The job of this oil is to soften your skin and hair through lubrication.

Once produced the oil moves through the hair shafts and out of the hair follicles, in order to do its lubricating job. The problem occurs when excess oil is produced and then mixes with dead skin cells. This combination forms a clog under the skin's surface. This is how pimples begin to form on the surface of the skin.

The pimple you see on your face is the result of this clog. It causes the follicle wall to expand and this is when you see the white head of a pimple. On the other hand, the clog may be open to the skin's surface and cause a blackhead.

When these clogs happen deep within the hair follicle, much lower than right beneath the skin's surface, lumps known as cysts are formed. These are often the red lumps that do not have a white or black head you will notice with the formation of acne. So what about sweat glands? In comparison to the hair follicle, the pores of sweat glands are not typically involved in skin conditions.

The factors which cause the increased production of oil in the body are not yet known. However, there are a few possibilities. These possibilities may include, but are not limited to: hormonal imbalance, genes, bacteria and the side-effects of some medications.

Often, people will wrongly assume that acne is the result of poor hygiene, which is not the case. In reality, too much cleaning of the face with soaps can irritate the skin and cause a batch of other skin problems. Normal washing of the face with gentle soap is helpful for skin maintenance. If you continuously feel stressed about your skin condition, consult a doctor.