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When most of us think of who is more likely to get acne, our minds automatically lean towards teens an early youths. Yet studies indicate that due to various factors adults an even baby could be prone to breakouts and acne.
Recent studies and research have shown that a combination of the levels of p. acne bacteria, dead skin cells, hormones, genetics and activity of the sebaceous gland can play a major role in the when, who and why of acne.
During early adolescence our sebaceous (oil) glands will begin to develop, these are stimulated and influenced by our androgen hormones, particularly testosterone levels within each individual. Even though acne can affect both men and women, due to higher levels of testosterone especially during puberty and hormonal changes, males have tendency to suffer with acne for a longer period than most women. This is why women having hormonal fluctuations will also experience the occasional breakout.
Everyone has sebaceous glands but not everyone’s sebum production is the same, with recent research indicating that there is the possibility that higher levels of certain oils and waxes our skin produces such as squalene, can create a favourable environment and feeding ground for acne stimulating bacteria. Low levels of essential fatty acids and omegas can too contribute towards increased levels of this bacterium within the skin.
The skin has a natural recycling process called desquamation, whereby it sheds unwanted dead cells form the surface of the skin and replaces them with healthy new ones. When this process becomes disrupted or irregular, this creates an increase in the levels of dead skin while decreasing an enzyme responsible for releasing the dead cells. When dead cells remain on the surface they create clusters or lumps becoming blocked and trapped within the pores and follicles of the skin.
P.acnes bacteria are a strain of bacteria found on most skins. Its growth and stimulation increases with the stimulation of dead cells and the androgen hormones. The bacteria will thrive and create an unhealthy oxygen deprived environment within the skin and pores. Feeding on trapped sebum, sweat and impurities inflammation and irritation will begin to set in.
Genetics, your environment, a good skincare routine, the overall health of your skin and determining the contributing factor towards this is where your focus needs to be when aiming to treat this concern.