February 4, 2009
ACNE: Prevention and Treatment
THE enormous facial disfigurement left in the wake of acne is due to the fact that many people do not know that acne is a curable disorder. Many regard acne as an inevitable part of growing up and wait to grow out of it-until it results in psychological and physical scaring just at a time when one wants to look one’s best. The best way to define acne would be to say that acne “is the sum total of the consequences of over activity and disorderly activity of the sebaceous glands.”
These glands being more numerous on the face, give rise to eruptions and disturbances when they are over-active, causing the condition that we call acne. With the over secretion of oil in the sebaceous duct, the excess oil enters like oil sac, which expands in order to retain the oil. When the pores cannot hold any more, the excess oil oozes out, enlarging the pores in the process.
The first result is blackheads. When the sebaceous secretion thickens, the pores of the glands become clogged to the air, it oxidises and turn dark. This is a blackhead and not dirt, as many people commonly believe.
The blackhead can be removed, but this does not help the oil gland to stop its activity. This is where professional treatment becomes necessary. Neglected blackheads irritate the surrounding tissues of the skin, resulting in inflammation, setting the stage for pimples and acne.
Acne conditions include whiteheads, blackheads, pustules and cysts. Sometimes there is a total flare-up of the condition into a violent form, as in acne vulgaris. There are various stages of infection. If it is not controlled, it can even lead to a septic skin. Skin problems, associated with acne, are extremely tenacious. That is why it should be controlled in good time, before it becomes a chronic condition.
I advice my clients to have blood, urine and stool tests. Very often these tests reveal the existence of worms or some intestinal infection. Even if these infections are mild, they should be treated with the necessary medication and diet control. It is also necessary to carry out follow up tests to ascertain that the complaint has been removed. If it is not, then further medication will be necessary. If the tests are clear, vitamin supplements, a low-fat diet, salads, and fresh will help to keep things under control. Simple exercise like jogging helps to accelerate blood circulation in a sluggish system.
For my experience of treating acne cases. I have found that the treatment should be manifold and geared towards the following:-
Discouraging and dislodging blackheads
Reducing/controlling oiliness of the skin.
Closing the pores.
Curing the existing eruptions.
Preventing further infection.