Inflammation and Its Role in Acne
It sounds ugly and looks ugly and if you have just been diagnosed with it you are probably unsettled. It's called acne vulgaris by dermatologists, but it is more commonly known as acne. Typically thought of as a teen-age, or adolescent issue, acne can quickly ruin your day and put a damper on your weekend plans. But don't worry. If you find yourself with a bad case of recurring red, puffy, spreading blemishes there is plenty you can do to bring out your skin's natural beauty and build your own beauty image.
The first step is to not let acne take control of you, but rather to take control of it. Arm yourself with facts and science and use that to proactively eliminate any outbreak fast and stop future outbreaks from occuring. And remember, you are not isolated and alone in this fight. If you have acne, you are suffering from a very common skin disease that is easily treatable and impacts more of your friends than you may know.
Exactly What is Acne?
Acne is the most common skin disease people in their 20s seek dermatology help for. It impacts up to 80% of teens and 50% of those continue to suffer into their 20s, with some people in their 30s and 40s still having outbreaks. The dictionary definition of acne is quite literally 'an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands,' which might lead you to misunderstand the link between inflammation and acne. In fact, there are two different types of acne that dermatologists see: non-inflammatory and inflammatory.
Non-inflammatory acne occurs when the sebaceous glands surrounding hair follicles become clogged with oil and dirt, or plugged, and one or a few highly localized pimples develop. In adults these pimples rarely cause significant issues. A regular skin-care routine based on holistic products, such as daily use of a cleanser with DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), combined with diet, exercise and stress reduction, will clear up your skin to prevent most pimples from occuring.
Inflammatory acne, which is much more noticeable, has widespread pimples or lesions on the face, neck, back, shoulders or chest. These outbreaks can be alarming and frustrating with their angry red skin and ugly pustules.
What Causes Inflammatory Acne?Inflammatory acne is related to over-activity in the sebaceous gland, which in normal functionality creates an oil called sebum that is pushed to the surface of the skin in a process that helps the skin stay moist and flexible. Autoinflammatory diseases, which can cause a rash, are noticeably present in many cases of chronic acne. With inflammatory acne there is both a clear presence of inflammation, and an infection, which is caused by bacteria trapped in the clogged pores. The National Institute of Health now recognizes that inflammation is present throughout the entire cycle of acne vulgaris and has deemed it a 'primary inflammatory disease,' or in less terrifying terms: a completely treatable dysfunction.
What Are the Best Treatments for Inflammatory Acne?
Do not believe the influencers who tell you that you need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on prescription medicines or laser treatments in order to have beautiful skin. It is true that any dermatologist can give you advice and/or prescribe treatment for acne outbreaks. If you do seek treatment, it behooves you to go into the doctor's office armed with some research and information as well as to have a good handle on your own medical history.
For instance, there are studies showing positive results when treatments for inflammation are applied, relief for acne vulgaris also happens. The reverse holds true as well. Skin-care products effective against acne are scientifically balanced in a way that reduces inflammation. This is not to say that an anti-acne product will eliminate an autoinflammatory disease, just that properly formulated skin care products can help eliminate the outward symptoms and give you healthy and beautiful skin.
Knowing which anti-inflammatory ingredients to look for in an ingredient list for skin-care products (organic aloe leaf juice, jojoba seed oil and white willow bark extract, for example) is important. Calysta Labs uses healing ingredients such as aloe and rose water to soothe and replenish the skin, or organic coconut oil to soften and moisturize. The collagen-boosting and exfoliating abilities of retinoid formulations reduce acne and also improve signs of sun damage and aging. Understanding these alternatives will make you a more effective consumer and allow you to control your own skin-care and beauty, with or without the help of a dermatologist. You have access to effective products that are available without a prescription. Products that are backed by years of scientific laboratory research and are formulated to help your acne, that will help with inflammation, and help you look better and feel more beautiful.