Let's Talk About Acne!
Do you suffer from acne? Well, you’re not alone! Acne vulgaris is the most common skin disease in the United States affecting almost 85% of the people between the ages of 12 and 24. Most times we associate acne with teenagers, but it can affect people of all ages. Moreover, many adult women experience acne due to hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or starting/stopping birth control pills. Roughly eight million people visit the dermatologist every year for their skin!
There are three factors that influence the Formation of acne:
Acne is usually on your face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and scalp and shows itself as:
Whiteheads- These are created when the openings of hair follicles become clogged and blocked with oil secretions and dead skin.
Blackheads- These are like whiteheads but are open to the skin surface and dark.
Pimples- These are reddish, raised spots that signal inflammation/infection in the hair follicles.
Cysts- These are thick lumps beneath the surface of the skin, made by the buildup of secretions deep inside hair follicles.
Acne occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with dead skin cells and oil. Each follicle is connected to a sebaceous gland and everyone has roughly 5,000 sebaceous follicles.
Here are some treatable underlying issues that contribute to acne:
Conventional medicine deals with symptoms. Which means, their solutions for acne include lathering on potions/lotions and taking antibiotics and/or strong liver-damaging medications. Fortunately, there is Functional Medicine, which addresses the root cause. Diet (like sugar intake), lifestyle, and supplementation has an immense impact on acne. If you want to get answers for your unrelenting acne, please contact us today!
Dr. Taryn Stittleburg, DC, CFMP, PSc.D