Facing the Facts about Acne

Facing the facts about acne

A Disease of the PSUs

Clinically, we describe acne as a disease of features known as pilosebaceous units. PSU’s are found just underneath the skin surface, numerous on the face, chest and upper back, PSU’s have sebaceous glands, which connect to your hair follicles. The sebaceous glands are what produce the sebum, which is an oily substance that empties onto your skin through your hair follicles.

Jane Liedtka, who is a medical officer at the Food and Drug Admistation’s Centre, explains that it is very well known that acne is partly the result of the action of your hormones on your skin’s oil gland and the hair follicles.

Below are a few factors that are believed to contribute to causing acne:

  • Hormonal changes related to starting or stopping birth control pills or pregnancy.
  • Genetics
  • An increase in sex hormones called androgens which occur in both males and females during puberty. These androgens can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum in your hair follicles.

Beware of the Myths

There are so many misconceptions out there about the causes of acne, as well as acne treatments. Below are a few facts about acne.

  • Poor hygiene, not washing or sweating does not cause acne. These factors do not create clogged pores that contribute to acne development. While medicated skin care products that contain resorcinol, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur and salicylic acid are one of the most common treatments for acne, simple soap and water does not treat acne.
  • It is a myth to “let it run its course” The condition can be treated. There are over-the-counter products and prescriptions to treat acne. If none of the products you have tried seem to work, you may want to consider seeing a dermatologist.
  • Your acne is not caused by what you eat. There has been no scientific connection made between acne and diet, not even pizza and chocolate.

At Fourways Aesthetics Centre, we offer a comprehensive approach to acne. For more information, visit our website on www.fourwaysaestheticcentre.co.za.