Acne is a problem that is encountered by almost everyone at the time of adolescence. Its prevalence is similar for both sexes. But the peak age of severity for males is from the age of 17 to 19, and for females, it is 16-17. However, sometimes a person may experience the problem at an elder age too.
In our today’s life, Acne is a common skin disease characterized by pimples on the face, chest, and back. It occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
According to Ayurveda Acne is a message from your body telling you that something is wrong inside with your body dosha system like your stomach is upset, having acidity, changes in dietary habits or it means you’re moving from a healthy diet to an unhealthy diet or lifestyle.
According to Ayurveda acne is known as Yuvan Pidika. This is found more often in adolescents when there is excessive secretion from the oil glands, according to Ayurveda distortion in the air (vat Dosha) and phlegm (Kapha Dosha) causes further distortion of the blood or Rakt Dhatu.
Age: Teenagers are more prone to develop acne.
Cosmetics: Make-up and any other chemical treatment can make acne worse.
Disease: If a person is having a history of long-term chronic illness or regular gastrointestinal problem or Hormonal disorders can increase the severity of acne problems in girls.
Drugs: Acne can develop as a result of using certain drugs. (tranquilizers, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and steroids).
Personal hygiene: Strong soaps, hard scrubbing, and pricking at pimples can make acne worse.Stress: Emotional stress can contribute to acne.
Environment: Exposure to a polluted environment & sweating can also make the condition worse.Gender: Boys are more likely to develop acne and tend to have more serious cases than girls.
Diet: Fatty & oily foods can make affect acne.
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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
It is characterized by blackheads, papules (pimples), and pustules (blisters). Sometimes it leads to darkening of the skin, crusted, or puffy skin. Inflamed pores can cause pain or itching. The most troubling aspect of acne for many people is the scarring that can occur. And, while acne may not be very noticeable, individuals tend to be sensitive about their appearance. Teenagers especially may become concerned about the way other people react to them.
Nutritional Influences: Eat a well-balanced diet high in fiber, zinc, and raw fruits and vegetables and avoid foods and foods high in iodine, such as table salt. In one experimental study, patients experienced a rapid clearing of acne following supplementation with one ounce of bran cereal daily. Drink plenty of water.
Daily care :
- Gently wash (do not scrub) the affected areas once or twice every day. Use lukewarm water. Avoid rough cleansers.
- Choose only oil-free cosmetics. Shampoo often and wear hair away from the face.
- Give dry pimples a limited amount of sun exposure.
- Do not pick or squeeze pimples. Keep Your Hands Away from Your Skin
- Reduce stress.
- Shave gently and avoid opening up existing lesions.