Monday, December 24, 2012

What is Acne?

Acne is the most commonly uttered term all over the world. It generally hits everyone's life at one or other stage of their lifetime. Most of them overcome its effect with age while a large section of them suffers lifetime with various acne severity levels.

 Dermatologists called it by its scientific name - "Acne Vulgaris", which is common acne.

Since ages, there are several theories associated with the causes of Acne. Earlier, it was believed to be associated with consumption of greasy food. Recent researches have revealed that acne is directly related to Hormonal fluctuations and the presence of various levels of male and female hormone in our body. It is also related to Stress.

Acne formation -

Acne generally appears on Face, chest, back, shoulders and neck region. Our skin consists of hair follicles (a tiny tunnel that consists a hair and oil producing glands) except in few areas of our body like lips, palms of hand and soles of our feet. Each of the pores on our skin is actually an opening to those hair follicles.

 The sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in hair follicle on one hand responsible for keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated whereas in some cases it is the sebum produced by those sebaceous glands are the culprits for the formation of Acne.

The excess sebum or oil clog the pores and the dead skin cells gets trapped inside the hair follicle. The dead skin cells, sebum and the hair together forms a plug that attracts bacteria and gets infected which results in swelling or follicles to get inflamed.


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