First, What is Acne? – The skin’s hair follicles and oil glands get clogged with body cells, oil and bacteria. When this happens there is a reaction wherein the body sends white blood cells to fight the infection. This leads to dreaded pimples and other manifestations of acne such as small bumps that are tender to the touch, larger solidified nodules that are deep in the skin and scar forming cysts.
What Causes Acne? – There is no definitive item that is believed to cause acne. Generally it is believed that factors like hormones, some types of cosmetics, use of drugs such as lithium, family history, pressure from outside influence on the skin (like sports equipment) and a number of other factors contribute to acne forming. Can’t put the blame on any one thing in particular though.
Here is a nifty, online multimedia tutorial about acne. (just choose the tutorial on acne) It can help you get a very basic but necessary understanding about acne, it contains 75 pages of free information.
In case you were wondering, dirty skin, chocolate and deep fried foods have not been proven to cause acne. But, just because something isn’t proven, doesn’t make it not true. You could say that it hasn’t been proven to be untrue either.
Here is a more in depth page with acne articles and treatment resources that you might find helpful. You’ll find quite a few articles and almost a dozen resources that may be of use to answer your questions on acne or to help you get rid of acne.
Some people have had good luck with using medications like Accutane to get rid of acne, but the side effects are often unpleasant. I read a story about one lady who experienced extreme dryness with her nasal passages and eyes. In addition, this particular medication causes birth defects, so don’t take this medication when pregnant and don’t get pregnant while taking it.
A dermatologist is the kind of medical specialist that you would visit to help you get rid of acne.