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Why Treat The Root Cause Of Acne, Not Just The Symptoms?

You may have used any number of skin treatment products for your acne that focus on treating the symptoms of your problem but don't provide a more permanent solution. To treat the root causes of your acne it is important to target the root causes to ensure acne doesn't progress into more severe stages.

So what exactly are the root causes?

There are a number of root causes of acne but most importantly researchers have discovered that the root biochemical cause of acne is not bacteria, but rather a non specific inflammatory response of our innate immune system to a stimulus.

The following scientific study helps explains the causes of acne; Keratins and the Keratinocyte Activation Cycle - Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2001) 116, 633-640 Have you ever wondered why most acne appears on your face around your nose, forehead and cheek areas or on your back or chest? This is because the largest or most dense oil glands are found here. Your skin is studded with thousands of oil glands that produce sebum to lubricate and enhance the skin's ability to perform as a protective barrier. Sebum within each gland is carried to the surface through ducts or pores.

Your body is a complicated chemical machine with many processes, in the case of skin hormones work with testosterone (an androgen hormone) targeting the skin and sebaceous glands where the body's sebum is manufactured. It combines with the enzyme 5alpha-reductase to produce dihydrotestosterone, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce increased volumes of sebum. This sebum is expelled into the follicular tube and out to the surface of the skin. If sebum flow becomes blocked as it does in the case of acne the build-up of oil within the pore forms blemishes on the skin in the form of acne, whitehads and blackheads.

P. acnes, (Propionibacterium acnes) and other bacteria formations on the skin and within the follicles produce bacterial enzymes that move into the follicle opening and convert sebum into free fatty acids of a type that irritates the skin follicle lining. This irritation causes creation of cellular debris and keratin cells, which also blocks the skin follicle and traps P. acnes within.

As horrible as it sounds P. acnes inside the blocked follicles breed and produce acne on the skin. If not treated correctly these infections grow and irritate and inflame the skin and macrophage cells produce histamines that cause the skin to become red, puffy and sensitive or even itchy. This causes more follicle blockage and promotes more acne infections, inflamed red bumps or pustules. Some of these large sacs of oil may rupture leading to large red lumps or cyts (also called nodules). To prevent the acne becoming a larger problem it is necessary to find a treatment that works on the more underlying scientific causes as explained above.

The majority or acne products use chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to in an attempt to kill the acne but at the same time this fails to address the underlying causes or the problem and can in fact slow the healing process.

In conclusion more successful acne treatment products will incorporate a more compressive approach of treating the multiple causes of acne, rather than focusing on just the symptoms like most other over-the-counter products.


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