Acne – The Basics

There are so many acne treatments on the market today; it is very easy to become confused. Every treatment claims to be the next miracle cure for acne. The truth being, most treatments are variations on a small number of effective approaches. One of the most critical issues you must accept, is that there are a range of different causes for acne, which in turn means there are a number of different options that could be effective in treating your condition. The key for an effective treatment starts with a thorough understanding of the causes of acne.

One of the most common causes of acne is the overproduction of oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands under the skin. This oil combines with the cells that are present within the lining of these glands, resulting in clogged pores. These clogged pores manifest themselves as blackheads or whiteheads, commonly found on the face, neck and back.

What triggers this overproduction of sebum?

In truth nobody really knows, but it is clear from extensive scientific research that some of the key factors include stress levels, hormones, bacteria and the genetic make-up of the individual.

Hormones stimulate certain glands within the skin to produce an elevated level of oils. As I’m sure you’ll remember from your teenage years, hormone levels (and often acne outbreaks) are at their highest during this period of our lives. There is clearly a link between hormone production and increased levels of acne.

The most common bacteria found on our skins is known as Propionibacterium acnes, and the latest research suggests that those with extra high levels of sebum on their skin have a similarly high level of this type of bacteria.

Despite the fact there is no permanent cure for acne, there are a number of actions that you can take that will help prevent acne from occurring, or effectively treat it when it does appear. A thorough washing and cleansing routine is a key requirement for preventing acne. This should be supported by the use of an appropriate treatment for the areas of skin that are most affected. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will really help. Trying to reduce stress levels through exercise, meditation or any other ‘calming’ activity will deliver positive results for adult acne sufferers.

New treatments are being developed all the time, and as our medical understanding of the disease improves, so will our treatment regimes.

Peter Vine is a successful online publisher of [] He provides practical advice and the latest information on all aspects of adult acne treatments [], which you can readily research on his website.

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