Acne: Overview

Welcome to my website on Acne, more so if you have Asian complexion. We are cool place on the web full of information where you'll learn how to Zap Those Zits, in private. Now about acnephobia. If you do not suffer from acne, it is highly unlikely you suffer from [ac'ne'phob'ia] - the fear of having pimples on your body.

If you think you suffer from acne/acnephobia, my advice is read this web site,use the search engine for your key words for the Google search button above; be informed; eat healthily, exercise more and acne may soon disappear. If it does not happen, take professional advice, such as from a counsellor or your family doctor.

Now, lets explore the subject of acne and acnephobia together.

Hello, I am Uncle Gerald, a long time sufferer of pimples - too long.

Acne, pimples, spots affect almost everyone at some stage in their lives. Even the famous. Britney Spears has suffered from it, so you are in good company, if you have Acne. Do you have to be famous or a genius to rid yourself of Acne - No Way!

You may know it as pimples, zits, white heads or black heads, whatever. You may be experiencing it for the first time and wondering what the heck is happening to you. Don't worry we make it simple to understand, what it is and why it has been a part of growing up since earliest times. Best of all we offer you simple down to earth advice on how to cope with your reactions and answer many of those nagging questions and what you can do about it.

Firstly you should know that you are definitely not alone. In fact you are more than likely to be one of the 85% of the present generation between 12 to 24 years of age likely to suffer from a form of acne at some time.

Unfortunately, you may also be an older person who is unlucky to be experiencing intermittent and perhaps a serious form of acne which can go well up to our forties. We have advice for you too.

It is important for you to know that this skin disease is neither blood related or contagious.

If it is any comfort, acne is a universal skin disease. No matter where in the world you are viewing our web site, you are in the same situation as others half a world away, whether male or female, or have a different skin colour.

The Nitty gritty stuff!

Whether with a light or dark ccomplexion, skin disorder is the result of over-induced sebaceous glands (or the skin’s oil glands) and blocked pilosebaceous units imbedded deep beneath the skin and blocked skin pores. Primarily, acne develops from blocked pilosebaceous canals. If these canals are obstructed by hardened sebum and dead cells, the combination of which may accumulate and block the ejection of dirt and body wastes; thus providing breeding grounds for Propionibacterium acnes or the P. acnes in the follicle walls or hair pores. These acne-infecting bacteria will attract white blood cells. The area then gets inflamed due to the reaction of the body to the activities eventually leading to the growth of acne.

This skin disorder comes in three basic categories:

• Whiteheads and blackheads or closed and open clogs respectively.
• Mild inflammatory acne which includes papules and pustules.
• Cystic acnes or nodules.


Moreover, zits may come in many types, each possessing their own characteristics. Some types may be inter-related and some have their independent origins.

• Comedo- or microcomedo, the smallest type of lesion
• Pustules- are pus-filled, usually yellowish in colour.
• Nodules- are the same with pustules only varying in size and the degree of swelling.
• Papules- are typically inflamed pimples.
• Cysts- are pus filled and have sac-like formation. This is the most severe form of acne.

There are other Acne forms:

• Acne vulgaris-the most common form which comprises of blackheads and whiteheads. Normally found around the shoulder, the surface of the face and the forehead.
• Infantile rashes- which occur in infants or new born babies.
• Acne rosacea- this is one form that inflicts of women heading for menopause or past it, therefore usually in middle-aged women.
• Scalp folliculitis- a form of spot that appears on the scalp and around the hairline.
• Perioral dermatitis- which is more prevalent in women, characterized by small pustules and papules.
• Acne conglobata- or acne vulgaris in its sever form.
• Acne fulminans- usually characterized with systematic symptoms.

The bad news - Acne is a disease that cannot be fully cured.

The good news - treatments can decrease the skin’s vulnerability to acne infection. Such treatments include :

Homeophatic treatments or those that can be prepared at home and are usually available over the counter (soap and water, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and alcohol)
Topical treatments or those that are applied on the external layers of the skin.
Oral drugs or drugs that can be taken systematically, these are usually composed of antibiotics (like spironolactone, minocycline and doxycycline treatments).

What triggers acne?

• A bacteria - Propionibacterium acnes or P. acnes
Psychological stress (also, emotional stress)
Unhealthy diet (basically, the basis may be the diet followed in the West which are fat-enriched)
• Improperly functioning digestive system
• Hormonal imbalances and changes ( which may be the product of the digestive system reacting to some food items)
Cosmetics (especially those that are oil-based)

That is your initial introduction to the causes of Acne. Information on the following pages will show you how to Zap Those Zits. Now enoy the rest of the site. Click search at top of the page to easily find your key words that you wish to ask about.

Uncle Gerald

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