Acne Causes

What Causes Acne? Behind The Science

science is the process that forms acne on the skin, there is a much deeper cause that most people aren’t aware of.

Behind The Science:
Most people are yet to discover (scientists included) that acne is the result of unhealthy toxins building up in the body. People generally put all kinds of unhealthy food and drinks with little or no nutritional value into their body and while the body can process a certain amount of toxins, this overloads its digestive process and causes the toxins to be disposed of throughout the body.

It is important to know that a healthy body is extremely immune to infections, bacteria, and even viruses of all kinds. This is why some people are more prone to illness than others. This has been known by many to be one of the core reasons for cancer, of which, in noted cases, only a change in diet was required to eliminate cancer.

And it is also the root cause of acne.

It’s all based on pH balance.

“What is pH balance?” I hear you ask. The human body relies on a delicate balance of acid and alkali. Some of you will remember these terms from Chemistry class in high school. The pH (potential of Hydrogen) of any substance is measured in a range from 0 to 14; 0 being the most acidic, 14 being the most alkaline and 7 being neutral. Water is a neutral substance having a pH of exactly 7. And since the human body is about 75% water, the human body also needs to be as neutral as possible.

Everything we put into our body has a pH level. These days, the absolute majority of food available is over acidic. From your everyday processed foods in supermarkets like pies and pasta to the takeaway and fried foods available on every major street in the world. All of these foods have an acidic effect on the body and cause excess toxins to build up.

What Causes Acne? The Science
The first thing to understand is that acne is a consequence of an underlying health issue. A healthy body does not allow the growth of acne. Once this is understood, everything else I tell you will become clearer.

The Science:
On the skin surface, some glands produce an oily substance called sebum, which moisturizes the skin and hair. When hormones are at their highest during adolescence, these glands (sebaceous glands) enlarge and produce excess sebum.
Now, in the human skin, there is a common bacteria (pilosebaceous acnes) that uses sebum as a nutrient for growth. This bacteria occurs in different quantities in people and is found in larger numbers in severe acne sufferers.
During the period of hyperactive sebaceous glands, this bacteria flourishes and attracts white blood cells from the body which produce an enzyme. Usually, sebum is produced inside a follicle within the skin. However, this enzyme damages the follicle wall and allows the contents to enter the outside layer of the skin (dermis).

This ultimately causes an inflammatory response in the skin which is, as you all know, acne. Quite often the blemishes become infected. You will notice these most of all as they are the painful ones.
You may also notice that your acne occurs mainly around the skin that is prone to hair. Face, chest, upper back, etc. Due to the nature of the sebaceous glands, they are more common in these areas and produce more sebum because there is more to keep moisturized.

In many cases, the hair follicle becomes clogged and there is nowhere for the sebum to escape to so again it is released into the dermis. To minimize this effect you should shave as often as possible. This not only reduces the amount of sebum that the body produces but also opens the hair follicle for sebum to be released.

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