Waking up to a face full of acne is not a pleasant sight in the morning. Acne is a common skin problem prevalent among women of all ages. In fact, a study of The American Academy of Dermatology indicates that more than 50% women aged between 20- 29 are affected by acne. Not only this, women aged between 30-39 and 40-49 also come in the acne prone category. Thus, late or adult onset acne has become very common among women aged in their 20s to 50s.
Acne and depression
Acne affects more than appearance, it goes skin deep and affects a person’s emotional health. According to Doris Day, a certified dermatologist based in New York "There is an emotional connection to things people see on their skin”. Also, in a study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, researchers found that anxiety and depression were prevalent among male and female acne patients.
Basics of Acne
Before we get into details, let’s discuss the basics of acne. Our body has several pilosebaceous units each of which are made up of a hair follicle, sebaceous glands, and hair. Although they are present all over the body, they are found in great numbers on our face and upper neck areas.
The sebaceous glands produce an oily, waxy substance called sebum which moisturizes our skin and impedes the growth of microorganisms. Till adolescence, the sebaceous glands enlarge and produce sebum which is moved towards the surface of the skin to clear dead skin and other impurities.When this self-cleaning system functions properly the produced sebum fills up the hair follicle and spreads over the skin surface to clear impurities. But after the age of 20, our body starts to produce less sebum which can be due to genetics, hormonal changes, lifestyle choices or stress. Thus the oil, dead skin cells, and other impurities get trapped inside the hair follicle where the produced sebum acts like a glue for the debris. This situation worsens as the gland produces more sebum. The resultant blockage is the perfect environment where bacteria can thrive.
Whiteheads will start appearing when the follicle walls start to bulge. A blackhead will happen when the bulged follicle wall gets exposed to air and the clogged area turns dark. Red inflamed pimples occur when there is too much oil and the follicle wall bursts. This makes for a breeding ground for bacteria and the body triggers its immune system in the form of white blood cells causing redness and inflammation of a pimple. Lastly, cyst-like bumps occur when the blockages reach deep within the follicles making it inflamed and full of pus.
Excessive moisture leads to acne
There is a common notion that the appearance of acne is directly linked to excess of oil on our skin. As a result, people suffering from adult acne stay away from facial oils and consider oil removal the solution to acne.
However, this notion is NOT true. Depriving the skin of its natural oils will cause the sebaceous glands to work harder to maintain the moisture level in our skin.
Another point to note is that excessive scrubbing, exfoliation and use of harsh soaps and chemicals can deplete the skin’s ability to heal itself, thus making it sensitive, dehydrated and more susceptible to environmental damage and breakouts. Also an article published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology revealed that oil free moisturizers contain ingredients like Salicylic Acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, lanolin, and petrolatum. All of which can contribute to dry and irritated skin.
As mentioned above, many of us presume that oil causes acne. When in fact a lot of scientific studies dating back more than 50 years indicate that that the topical application of natural and non-toxic oils can cure acne.
Natural oils can provide nourishment and protect the skin while keeping it hydrated and pimple-free. A study published in International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention found that Tea Tree, Rosemary as well as Cinnamon Oil are effective antimicrobial agents against acne causing bacteria. Another study published by The International Journal of Women’s Dermatology states that topical application of oils made from basil, copaiba, grapefruit seeds, jojoba, safflower and sunflower are proven natural treatments against acne.
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