Severe acne can lead to feelings of self imposed isolation and if left untreated may lead to more permanent scars and acne marks. There have been many advances in the understanding of what causes acne and how to treat acne effectively. The best approach is in keeping with the old adage that... "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure". Preventing the formation of acne is more effective then treating pimples that already exist. AcnEase® does exactly that... prevents the formation of acne and reduces the influence of hormones on sebaceous gland secretions.
Acne is a disease of the sebaceous hair follicles associated with pores of the skin. At the base of each hair follicle is a gland called the sebaceous gland, which makes sebum. Sebum is an oily substance, which under normal circumstances travels along the hair follicle to the surface of the skin. Sebum's job is to form a protective layer between your skin and the environment; normal levels of sebum keep your skin soft and smooth. Sebaceous glands are most numerous on the face, chest, back, neck and scalp; consequently, these are the most common sites of Acne. This situation is exacerbated in teenagers with hormonal acne.
As teenagers enter puberty androgens become more prevalent in the body increasing sebum production by the sebaceous glands. The extra oil accumulates and can clump together with dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin. This mixture of sebum and dead skin cells clogs pores, trapping oil and bacteria inside. Unfortunately, under the influence of androgens the sebaceous glands continue to produce oil, and the follicle becomes swollen. Next your body's natural defense system, white blood cells, migrate to the area and initiate a local inflammatory reaction.
Cleansing with soap is not capable of removing the bacteria entrapped at the base of the hair follicle. (This of course should not mean we do not use soap and water). Unfortunately, however topical acne remedies rarely work for this very reason. The rapid growth of bacteria in combination with the accumulated oil and dead skin cells cause the follicle to enlarge and can result in a mild form of acne called comedones (blackhead, open comedone or whitehead, closed comedone) both of which are non-inflammatory.
Acne may progress to an inflammatory type of acne lesions that are red in color called papules, pustules and nodules. Papules are the earliest stage in the development of what are normally considered the typical "pimple". Papules are an intermediate in the progression of acne between the non-inflammatory and inflammatory stages. The next stage is the development of a clearly inflammatory lesion called the pustule, which contains limited number of bacteria and pus below the surface of the skin. Nodules or cysts are the most advanced and severe form of acne. In teenage women cystic acne is common due to the increase in circulating androgens.
In puberty (adolescence), the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These "male" hormones are a natural part of development for both boys and girls, but boys tend to produce more of them - and therefore tend to have more severe breakouts. Teenagers actually have "two strikes" against them; not only do they have to contend with the onset of puberty and the first appearance of androgens but also their hormone levels fluctuate with time which can cause acne to form even easier. For women a good example of the effect of fluctuating hormones on acne is the common flare up of acne during the menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, a common denominator in teenage acne is the change in hormonal levels for both boys and girls. AcnEase® works to limit the effect of fluctuating hormones on the sebaceous glands. The herbs in AcnEase® do not effect hormone levels but rather inhibit the effects of hormones on the over production of oil by the sebaceous glands.
The treatment of teenage acne can be challenging, because their hormones are unstable. Many teenagers will initially respond well to first-line treatments, such as topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, perhaps accompanied by an oral antibiotic. As their bodies develop, however, they may undergo severe hormonal shifts and stop responding to the current medications. Courses of acne treatment may need to be adjusted more often with teenagers to accommodate these hormonal changes.In these cases the standard treatments do not address the cause of acne; AcnEase is the only specifically formulated treatment that blocks the effects of fluctuating hormones on sebum production and prevents pimples from forming.
For severe, persistent cases of Acne, Retin-A (tretinoin) Cream or Accutane (isotretinoin) oral tablets are often recommended. Both products are retinoid derivatives and have a multitude of side effects. Accutane is a known potent teratogen and strictly contraindicated in women not practicing a proven method of birth control. Topical antibiotics such as Cleocin T (clindamycin solution) or erythromycin are often combined with benzoyl peroxide.
Choose your treatment wisely and stick with it. Most cases of, moderate or even serious teen acne can be improved and most importantly prevented with AcnEase® the all natural and unique acne treatment equally effective for females and males.
"I have tried just about every acne medication on the market. It has been a month now since I started using AcnEase. Now, I can go outside in the daylight and not feel like everyone is looking at my acne. There are no words that I can use to tell you how much I thank you for creating this wonderful product." Katie, 29
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