Acne is a common skin problem that affects people of all ages. Teenagers suffer the most from acne because of the increased hormone levels in their body. Sleep deprivation, stress, unhealthy eating habits and chaotic lifestyles can also cause acne. Acne can appear on the face, chest, back and scalp.
Adult cystic acne is a common health problem that occurs due to various reasons. There are many ways to go about treating adult cystic acne. One of our audience members posted a question to our Expert Panel and here’s what they had to say:
Question: What is the best herb to use for adult cystic acne?
If you’re troubled by more than the occasional breakout, I would suggest not trying to treat yourself at the skin-care aisle of the local pharmacy or via herbal medications because often time deeper, adult cystic acne requires prescription treatments. In the meantime, you can try gel/cream with tree tea oil or willow bark and avoid dairy and sugar to see if it makes any difference.
What exactly is adult cystic acne?
Acne vulgaris (or simply acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of seborrhea (scaly red skin), comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules (pinheads), nodules (large papules), pimples, and possibly scarring. Aside from scarring, its main effects are psychological, such as reduced self-esteem and in very extreme cases, depression or suicide.
During youth, acne is usually caused by an increase in androgens such as testosterone, which occurs during puberty, regardless of sex. Acne more often affects skin with a greater number of oil glands; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in noninflammatory forms.
A visual explanation on what causes acne:
Early symptoms you should know
Acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition:
- Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
- Blackheads (open plugged pores — the oil turns brown when it is exposed to air)
- Small red, tender bumps (papules)
- Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
- Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules)
- Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin (cystic lesions)
Debunking 5 myths about acne you’ve always heard over and over:
Acne is shrouded in misconception, and covered up with contradictory information. Knowing what’s true and what’s not true can help you figure out how best to treat your skin.
- Acne is caused by dirt/dirty skin: Acne is not caused by dirt, poor hygiene, not washing your face and so on. Too much scrubbing or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals can actually irritate your skin and make the acne worse. If you “over clean” you can end up drying out your skin, which will then try and compensate by making that much more oil. A simple cleansing of the skin to get rid of excess oil and dead skin cells is all that is needed.
- Greasy food/chocolate makes you breakout: Greasy food and chocolate have been shown to have little to no effect on the development of acne. Diet can still have an impact, as some dairy products or carbs increase blood sugar or have added hormones and trigger acne, but it’s not usually the case.
- Stress causes acne: In theory, stress can affect hormones, and therefore promote acne. It’s hard to quantify this though, and when you think about the stress most of us deal with in day to day to life, there wouldn’t be an acne free face in sight. An effective acne treatment regime will override a bit of everyday stress anytime.
- Having acne means you can’t use a moisturizer: Look for a good noncomedogenic (meaning less likely to clog pores) moisturizer to use. After treating your acne, be it with banana peels or over the counter creams, a moisturizer can help balance out your skin, ensuring that it doesn’t create excess oil to compensate for all that you dried up.
- Sunlight/tanning clears up acne: In the short term getting a tan, or even slight sunburn, will seemingly clear up your acne. Long term, it’s not a solution. It’s just hiding the redness, and while it does dry up your skin, it can make it too dry, and do more harm than good.
Below are some herbal and home remedies for the acne cleansing:
Hopefully, now you will be able to deal with all your acne complications comfortably at your own home with the help of all this information and guidance.
To conclude, we leave you with some very valuable tips for acne prevention:
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