What is Acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition where the pores of the skin become blocked by hair, bacteria, sebum (an oily substance), & dead skin cells. Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting an estimated 85% of young adults. Those blockages produce whiteheads, blackheads, nodules, & other types of pimples. If you have acne, know you are not alone. It is a common skin condition that individuals experience. It is estimated that 80% of people ages 11-30 will have at least a mild form of acne, & most individuals are affected by it at some point in their lives.

Who does acne affect?

Though it mainly affects teenagers & young adults undergoing hormonal changes, most individuals continue struggling with acne issues into their 20’s, 30’s, & beyond. Some individuals even develop acne for the first time as adults.

Where does acne most commonly occur?

The most common spots where you may have acne are your face, chest, forehead, shoulders, & upper back. Oil glands are all over your body, but these are places where there are the most. The best way to treat your acne depends on how severe it is. Acne can be mild, i.e., a few occasional pimples, moderate, i.e., inflammatory papules, or severe, i.e., nodules & cysts.

Symptoms of Acne

Acne commonly appears on the face & shoulders. It might also occur on the trunk, arms, legs, & buttocks. Skin changes include –

  • Crusting skin bumps
  • Cysts
  • Papules (small red bumps)
  • Pustules (small red bumps containing white or yellow pus)
  • Redness around the skin eruptions
  • Scarring of the skin
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads

What are the different types of acne?

Acne can take numerous forms. They include –

  • Blackheads – Open bumps on your skin that fill with excess oil & dead skin. They look as if dirt has been deposited in the bump, but dark spots are actually caused by the irregular light reflection off the clogged follicle.
  • Whiteheads – Bumps that remain closed by oil & dead skin.
  • Papules – Small red & pink bumps which become inflamed.
  • Pustules – Pimples contain pus. They look like whiteheads that are surrounded by red rings. They can cause scarring if picked & scratched.
  • Fungal acne (pityrosporum folliculitis) – This type occurs when the excess yeast develops in hair follicles. They can become itchy & inflamed.
  • Nodules – Solid pimples which are deep in your skin. They are large & painful.
  • Cysts – Pus-filled pimples. All these can cause scars.

All of these forms of acne can affect your self-esteem. It is best to seek help from your healthcare expert early so they can help determine the best treatment option(s) for you.

What are the Causes of Acne?

There are a million pours of our skin that are opening to the follicles, which consists of Sebaceous (Oil) Gland. The Sebum Gland secretes Oil which helps the skin to remain soft and lubricated.

Acne is mainly caused when the skin’s pores get blocked with Oil, Dead Skin, or Bacteria. That’s why it is essential to follow personal hygiene. Variations in the Hormone levels can also impact the secretion of Oil from the sebum Glands; that’s why teenagers struggle with this condition during puberty.

Acne Or Pimples are usually found in areas of the body where there are oil glands; that is why they form up on our face, forehead, or our back. Acne is also known as a multifactorial Disease which means several factors likely lead to its development. Some of these factors are as follows.

Inflammation
Acne is an inflammatory disease as these molecules are considerably found at all the stages of lesion development. The inflammation causes redness and sourness.

Evolutionary Biology
Acne can also develop through biological transmission from our parents. If one or both parents have acne, it is most likely to occur to their offspring.

Stress
Involving ourselves in mental and physical stress affects the hormone secretion, which likely leads to the development of acne in both females and males.

Vitamin Deficiency
Insufficient levels of antioxidants in the skin may damage the skin’s ability to ward off unwanted inflammation. The deficiency of vitamins like A, E, D, and C results in the development of acne.

Diet
A diet that consists of high glucose and Zinc leads to increased symptoms of acne. In addition, when a sufficient amount of omega-3 fatty acid is not consumed in the diet, there are chances that acne might develop.

Acne Treatment

If you have tried over-the-counter acne products for several weeks & they have not helped, our experienced doctor’s guide you about prescription-strength medications. Our dermatologist can help you:

  • Control your acne
  • Make scars less noticeable
  • Avoid scarring & other damage to your skin

Acne medications work by reducing oil production & swelling or by treating bacterial infections. With most prescription acne drugs, you might not see results for 4-8 weeks. It can take several months or years for your acne to clear up completely.

The acne treatment regimen your doctor recommends depends on the age, the type, & severity of acne, & what you are willing to commit to. Talk with our doctors about the risks & benefits of medications & other treatments you are considering. And, make follow-up appointments with our doctors every 3-6 months until your skin improves.

Ayurvedic Acne Treatment

Acne can be highly stubborn & distressing. The pimples can not only be painful but also leave behind ugly scars. It is very important to make smart choices, especially when skin is concerned.

You have often heard individuals say acne is caused by bacterial growth or skin pores being clogged with impurities & excessive sebum. These are not causes but symptoms of acne – stuff that happens to your skin when it gets predisposed to acne due to an imbalance in your Ayurvedic body types. Ayurvedic treatment for pimples utilizes holistic approaches and herbal remedies to provide long-term relief.

The ayurvedic approach at SRIAAS follows abundant holistic & natural ways to fight various skin problems and keep your skin healthy. The age-old methodologies of Ayurveda go beyond conventional approaches to find the answer to the disorder & treat it away from its roots.

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