Acne occurs when excess sebum (an oily substance produced by glands that grease and wet the skin) blocks the pores of the skin based on follicle hair, causing the appearance on the face, chest, shoulders and the back, of small eruptions filled with pus.
Pustules, blackheads and white ones are characteristic of this condition which can be controlled with simple measures of care, medication and under the supervision of a dermatologist.
Although not a dangerous condition, it can cause discomfort and embarrassment especially to young people, who can, therefore, suffer an ugly, social isolation, depression and anxiety.
Often, acne is triggered by hormonal activity, which can increase sebum production. Although hormonal changes of adolescence render the youth as main victims of acne, the pregnant women also are prone to it and. Also, certain drugs that affect hormones (such as steroids or oral contraceptives) and stress can contribute to excess sebum production and therefore acne.
Greasy face, chest and back
The appearance of blackheads
The presence of whiteheads: the opening of follicle is clogged with fat cap and covered with normal skin color, resulting in inflammation and infection
Acne may worsen in premenstrual time
Prevention and treatment
One of the prevailing opinions about acne is that certain foods – like pizza or chocolate – can worsen the acne; but this is a myth. However, there are certain foods that can help maintain optimal health of the skin.
Many skin problems respond to vitamin A, which appears to have a beneficial effect on the growth and maturation of cells. The best dietary sources of vitamin A are found in foods rich in beta-carotene, which is converted in the body into vitamin A.
Also, because one of the characteristics of acne is inflammation, essential fatty acids can help relieve the condition by preventing the production of certain inflammatory compounds in the body.
Zinc, a mineral that produce immunity, can help relieve acne, probably by interfering with the metabolism of hormones and the role it plays in healing. And some evidence suggests that vitamin B6 may help to stabilize hormonal fluctuations that cause acne.
For Internal Use
Dandelion (capsules of 300 mg powder). Take one capsule with water, 3 times per day.
Evening Primrose Oil (capsules of 500mg). Take 2 capsules with a glass of water, 3 times per day with meals.
Aloe Vera. Apply a cream or gel aloe vera 2 times daily as directed on package.
Basil. 3 drops of essential oil should be diluted with 10 ml of excipient oil. Apply on affected area. Repeat 2-3 times a week, early evening.
Lavender. 3 drops of essential oil should be diluted into 10 ml of excipient oil. Apply to the affected area three times a week, as in the case of oil of basil.
Marigold. Put 5 g of dried flowers in a quart of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes an then soak a compress in this infusion and apply 2 times per day. As an alternative, apply a cream or ointment with marigold base 2 times per day.