Acne is a skin condition that is characterized by inflammation and excess production of oil from sebaceous glands in which the hair follicles become plugged. Active bacteria deep within the pore break down the oil in sebaceous glands causing inflammation resulting in breakout and blemishes. Several factors which relate to this condition include stress, personal hygiene, medications such as steroids, cumulative dead skin build up, hormones from puberty, menopause and the menstrual cycle.
Regulation of sebaceous gland activity requires proper cleansing without stripping the skin, moisturizing with an oil free product, exfoliating the skin a few times a week which will help control the buildup of dead skin cells, applying a clay mask a few times during the week to soothe and draw out impurities. Professional treatments need to be individualized and will include a medical skin care program, and treatments such as Microdermabrasion & Chemical Peels. In severe cases Oral Antibiotics maybe recommended.