Approximately 80% of people have had acne. That’s a pretty high percentage. Acne is not selective about the gender of the person it attack, or if the person’s age. It is a universal problem. The one good thing about this is that acne is not a communicable disease. It can, however spread all over your own face, neck, shoulders, and back, and severely damage those tissues. And, unfortunately, acne isn’t limited to puberty. Infants are often born with infantile acne, and middle-aged adults can be plagued by acne rosacea.
There are different kinds of acne, and different classifications, as well, that are based on the severity of the outbreak. A comedo is basically a plug, and is the basis for all acne, in which you get small lesions and inflammation in the pores of your skin. Whiteheads are a type of comedo, as are blackheads. The whiteheads are closed comedos which have sealed over and become infected, and are often full of pus. A blackhead is an open comedo. The black color is due to the absence of pus over the top, making it a lighter color. The blackhead is made up of solidified oils, or sebum, from your skin. There is also dead skin and bacteria imbedded in this solidified sebum. These comedos are usually deeply embedded in your pores, infecting the subcutaneous skin development.
Other people are plagued by skin that feels like sandpaper. This is especially prevalent on your mouth and forehead, and on your cheeks and chin. This sandpaper consistency is usually due to papules. These are areas of dead skin that have not sloughed off.
Pustules are pimples full of pus, very much like whiteheads. A nodule is similar to a pustule, but they are hard to the touch, and grow deeply into the skin. The liquid in these, called pus, is actually mostly dead white blood cells, dead skin, and bacteria, both dead and alive. The white blood cells are there because of the bacteria, and in the process of fighting the bacteria, they themselves were killed by Propionibacterium acnes. If pustules and nodules develop into cysts, you may need to consult a dermatologist.
The reasons for acne infections vary. Acne can be triggered by stress, because of the increase of stress hormones in your system. The hormones need to exit somewhere, so the go through the skin, causing infection. Poor diet can also be a cause for the same reason. Toxins that your body releases through the bowels may not be enough. If not, the toxins will exit through your skin. Weather and seasonal changes can also cause acne.
Acne is started by the comedo of hardened sebum. It clogs the pore, and is then saturated with bacteria. This triggers the body’s immune system to fight the bacteria with white blood cells. Then, the accumulation of dead white cells and dead and living bacteria accumulate in the pores, along with dead skin and other debris,
There are many over the counter drugs you can use to cleans your skin of the comedos and their accompanying inflammation. You can also take colon cleanse tablets to rid your system of toxins.