Wouldn’t it be nice if acne disappeared when you finished high school? The idea that acne only affects teenagers is nothing short of a myth. Unfortunately acne can come at any stage of life for a wide variety of reasons. Nearly everyone is affected by it at some point in life. The best way to stop and prevent acne is to understand what it actually is and identify the root cause of the problem.
Acne can be easily identified, although the cause varies from person to person. It’s a chronic inflammatory skin disease that develops when your skin pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. A pore, though small, has a huge job. Our pores are responsible for producing oil, shedding dead skin cells, keeping good bacteria alive, fighting bad bacteria and more – all at one time. If the skin is not healthy enough to do all of these jobs, acne is likely to emerge.
One common cause of acne is a hormonal imbalance (thus the infamous acne at puberty). For instance, increased testosterone levels sometimes seen in menopausal women may cause an increase in oil production. Excessive oil in the skin leads to stickier pores that disrupt the shedding of dead skin cells.
Another cause of acne can be poor intestinal health. If our insides become overloaded with toxins from a poor diet, our body is going to find a way to purge them. Our skin is a detox organ, and often becomes the alternate route for toxins to exit our system. A diet rich in antiinflammatory foods – such as salmon, almonds, avocados and green beans – fill us with the vitamins and minerals necessary for proper digestion and can help skin stay clear.
To treat or prevent acne, one should follow a good skin care regimen of acne fighting ingredients. Sometimes, though, it’s not enough. You may need to consult a healthcare professional. At Derma Health, we can help you take a look at your overall lifestyle and determine what treatment is best for you.
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