ACNE

CAUSES – Nobody is completely sure what causes acne.   Androgen levels rise when a people reach the age of adolescent. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under the skin grow; the gland produces more oil. Excessive sebum can break down cellular walls in the pores, causing bacteria to grow.  A family history of acne, stress, and some contraceptives can aide in the formulation of acne.

TREATMENT – Acne treatment may depend on how severe and persistent it is.  Over the counter medications containing benzoyl peroxide could be used for mild cases.  Acne medications can be purchased in the forms of gels, soaps, pads, creams and lotions.  If a person’s skin is sensitive they may prefer a cream or lotion.  Always clean the area to be treated before applying any types of medication.  Herbs such as cnidium seed and honeysuckle flower may be recommended by a practitioner.  Calendula, tea tree oil, and goldenseal can help heal the skin soothe inflammation and itching.  Consult with a trained herbalist for best options.

PREVENTION – There is no sure way to prevent acne, but a person can take measures to reduce how bad it can get.  One good way to reduce acne is to maintain a good diet by eating the right foods and maintaining clean skin by washing with unscented or mildly antibacterial soap.

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