Introduction and background
Whether you have this notorious disorder or not, you must know that acne is the most common skin problem that young people have. Almost everyone will develop acne to some degree, but some people have more pimples than others. Acne is not a skin problem that is treated quickly and then never comes back again. It requires time, patience, and understanding on your part.
While acne is not a serious health threat or fatal disease, it sure is a serious â€ścosmeticâ€ť threat to your beauty and, in fact, can make your life miserable by causing permanent scars and marks on your face. If not addressed properly, for many people, acne problems can continue all throughout their life well into adulthood, even though they were told as teens that they would â€śoutgrowâ€ť it.
Unlike the odd pimple or blemish, which clears after several days, acne is a chronic skin condition i.e. it may persist for long term (or even permanently) and develops slowly, progressively over the period of time.
Acne can be defined simply as â€śan inflammatory skin disorderâ€ť. The pimples, the redness, the infections, are all visible signs of skin that is inflamed or highly irritated.
Acne is mainly a â€śskinâ€ť disease. Therefore, before you read and discover more about acne, you first need to know what skin is.
What is skin?
The outermost covering of your body, the skin is a unique and remarkable organ. One square inch of skin contains millions of cells as well as many specialized nerve endings for sensing heat, cold, and pain. The skin is nourished by blood vessels and contains numerous oil glands, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
What does skin do?
- The skin protects the vital organs.
- The skin serves as a heat regulator, sweating when you are hot allows the water to evaporate and cool the skin.Â When your body is chilled, the vessels become narrowed and decrease the flow of blood through the skin to reduce heat loss.
- The skinâ€™s texture gives a great deal of information about a personâ€™s general health.
- Skin acts as a passage way and helps you get rid of the unwanted, waste substances out of your body
Some interesting facts about acne
â€˘ While acne affects approximately 85% of teenagers and young adults, ages 12 to 24, it is estimated that only 30% of sufferers purchase over-the-counter drugs, while an even smaller 20% visit a skin care center.
â€˘ While many see their acne go away by the time they reach their 30s, acne persists into their 40s and 50s for some.
â€˘ 50% or more of people are allergic to at least one thing they put on their skin.
â€˘ Acne does not need to be allowed to run its course. The condition can be treated. While there are prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products for it, many people now prefer to use natural / herbal acne treatment products because of their safety, low cost and high potency.
â€˘ A teenager is more likely to get acne if one of their parents had it during adolescence. But even in the same family, some people may get worse acne than others.
â€˘ While girls tend to get it at a younger age than boys, boys often have more outbreaks than girls, and they often seem to get worse pimples and more cysts.
â€˘ Often acne is worst during adolescence and begins to subside during your twenties. But for some people, acne remains throughout adulthood although often in milder form.
â€˘ Foods do not cause acne, but for some individuals certain foods may aggravate the condition. A simple test to determine which, if any, foods affect you is to eliminate one food for a few weeks. If your acne improves while off this food it is best to avoid it in the future.
How common is acne â€“ The silent bomb
Acne is the most common skin disease treated by physicians. Therefore, many believe that it is a nearly universal skin disease. In general, about 17 million Americans, alone, have acne. According to an estimate acne affects more than 90 per cent of young people. While it afflicts about 79% to 95% of the adolescent population, men and women older than 25 years, 40% to 54%, also have some degree of facial acne, Similarly, it is estimated that 12 per cent of women and three per cent of men aged 40 and older have acne.
Can acne be treated?
There are various means of treating acne effectively. However, when it comes to the complete “cure” of acne and scar prevention, choices are, indeed, limited. Unlike medical or surgical therapy of acne that are meant to treat only the signs and symptoms of acne and for short term, there are certain natural or herbal anti-acne kits or complete multi-component acne therapies that can actually remove theÂ original, underlying cause of acne and, hence, provide a permanent cure.