Acne is natural?

Acne - A natural event?

Interesting article appeared recently suggesting that acne is really part of a natural progression.

Based on immunological and dermatological data, it is suggested that: "... the sudden changes in the composition of the microbiota composition within sebaceous-gland-rich skin during adolescence, accompanied by increased sebum production, may result in an inflammatory response that replaces the previous homeostatic host-microbiota crosstalk, thus leading to acne manifestation" as well: "..... that acne is a naturally developing, transient inflammation state, rather than a pathological skin disease, challenges conventional thinking"

How does this help? In many cases, it suggests that the appearance of spots and zits, in whatever form, is not really too much to worry about in that for many, it will be purely a passing phase. Much research has gone into the increased oily substance produced during adolescence - otherwise known as sebum. Sebum is, believe it or not, a highly complex excretion however, research into this highly complex substance means that scientists are unsure of what it is made of and how sebum make-up contributes to skin disorders, such as acne.

Sources: Cell Press: "Teenage acne may be a natural, transient inflammatory state." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 September 2019

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). "Figuring out fats in pimples." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 August 2016.

As acne is a natural progression for many, it should not really be prevented; it is part of the growing up process. Only if it does not clear and seems to be turning into a really major issue, is serious medical intervention really required.

We can help matters along with the process of controlling, rather than preventing sebum over-production and the resultant unfortunate take-over of young faces by pimples and zits. Our "acne" page offers products to help with this. Cleansers use (usually) one of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids in varying strengths and use ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid or Lactic Acid. Moisturisers for oily skin are usually "oil-free" and/ or come in a gel format. What suits your skin (and is tolerable by your skin) will depend on how sensitive your skin is (of course!) so we would always recommend a visit to your chosen health and skin care professional before choosing your routine.

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