Fabric, Clothing and Acne

You might think it strange that fabric or clothing could cause acne - but this about it in this way. Say you have a helmet that you wear for 12 hours straight on a bike trip, and that there's a chin strap on it. Say that chin strap covers up 10 pores on your face. All of those pores are making oil - but the oil can't get out. It is stuck in the pore. It dries up there, gets crusty, and forms a seal. Now when more oil is made, it is stuck and makes a bubble. The bubble of oil gets infected, and now you have ...

Oily Food, Greasy Food and Acne

It's funny how researchers can do specialized studies to "prove" something - when really in real world terms they have not proved anything at all. Some researches feel they have proven that greasy food never causes acne. Here's the issue. I have an acne problem, and I'm in my 30s, so I'm not a teenager. I've had many years to experiment with various situations and to see how my skin reacts. We also tend to eat a fair number of McDonalds meals in our car :) Now, let's say we drive up to a McDonalds and place...

The Dirty Skin and Acne

It's funny how researchers can do specialized studies to "prove" something - when really in real world terms they have not proved anything at all. Some researches feel they have proven that dirt never causes acne - that a dirty face has nothing to do with acne. Here's the issue. If you take 10 teenagers and rub dirt on all of their faces, then it's not like all 10 of them will instantly get acne in the exact same way. Say that one of the teenagers has oil glands that never make oil. The oil won't exist to g...

The Pollution of Acne

The Pollution of AcneWhen you think of pollution, you tend to think of giant black smokestacks belching out giant clouds of black smoke. However, in our modern world, pollution comes in many forms. Try buying an air filter for your bedroom sometime, and run it for a few weeks. Take a look at the filter, and see all of the garbage it's pulled out of your air. All sorts of things get into our air - car exhaust, pesticides from gardens and lawns, pollutants from numerous other activities. They float around in the air, and eventual...

What causes Acnes and Pimples ?

Be first to read all about What Acne Is to understand how it involves clogged pores. Once you understand that the pores are getting clogged up, it's time to learn just WHY this whole thing happens to some people and not to others. First, we all know that acne tends to strike teenagers. Why is this? It has to do with hormones. Hormones are released into the body starting around the teen years, to help a "child" body mature into an "adult" body. Hormones are the things that make a female grow breasts, a man's...

To understand acne and pimples

To understand acne and pimples, you have to understand skin. Below I've done a rather crude (grin) drawing of a cross section of skin. To the left is an oil gland and to the right is a hair follicle. Your skin has an incredibly important function. It keeps your entire body safe from infection. It keeps out the virusses and bacteria. It keeps in your vitals. It keeps you warm, it keeps you cool. One of the key ways in which your skin keeps you warm and cool is via its pore. Go to your mirror sometimes and st...

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