is an inflammatory skin disease which affects the tiny pores which
cover the face, arms, back and chest and the oil glands attached to
the skin, the disease attacks two structures:
pore through which the hairs emerge from the skin
- The oil or
partial blockage in the pore restricts the flow of oil onto the skin
surface. This results in solidification of the oil which fills the
hair channel forming a blackhead. The black of the blackhead is not
due to dirt, but a change in pigment in the blockage in the pore.
If the partial blockage becomes complete, the oil builds up around
the hair and hair root and becomes infected with bacteria normally
present on the skin. The bacteria breaks down the oil to very inflammatory
chemicals which cause redness, pus formation and pain - the "zit".
If the inflammation
is deep and severe, or if the spot is manipulated or squeezed, the
pus can burst deep into the skin rather than onto the surface. This
deep-rooted inflammation and infection results in scarring and cyst
Acne is commonest
in adolescents with a peak in the late teens. Acne may however, appear
for the first time in the mid-twenties or even later and persists
in a significant number of people into their 40s or even their 50s.
Does diet affect
acne? The simplest answer is no. The myth persists that chocolate
and fatty foods make acne worse. In a very small percentage of people,
these foods do make their acne worse, but in most people, diet is
not important. A good balanced diet is, however, important for general
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