Thursday, October 21, 2010

Why you have Acne, What do you need to know about Acne, and what are the treatments for Acne?

I've been gettig a large quantity of questions regarding acne. What causes acne? What can you do to prevent acne? How can you treat acne?  Here we go.

What causes Acne?
Acne is a disorder of a specialized unit the skin posseses called the "pilosebaceous unit."  This unit consists of a hair follicle, a sebaceous gland, the erector pili and the hair. We know that the hair basically grows from the follicle and the erector pili make the hair stand up but what is this sebaceous gland? It makes sebum. This sebum is responsible for keeping the skin moisturized.
Propionibacterium acnes is a bacteria that is present all over your skin all the time. It loves sebum and uses it to grow. You have white blood cells in your body. These white blood cells are attracted to the Propionibacterium acnes. The more P. acnes  you got the more activity these white blood cells will be havin'. When you see inflammation and papules its a result of an enzyme released by the white blood cells. Obstructed follicles is a major reason behind acne. Ever notice how a small razor cut on your skin ends up all bumpy?

How can you prevent Acne?
Sometimes some people really can't prevent it. Whether it be genetic or environmental there are thousands of reasons for unclear skin. If you suffer from some serious acne consult a physician. If you're like many of us and just have blemished skin here and there these tips will drastically improve your appearance.
  • If your a guy and still shave with typical store bought cartridge razors, switch over to a safety razor.
  • Women too, consider a safety razor. Also, quit waxing. Consider laser hair removal.
  • Don't be a dirt bag. Wash your bed sheets and your pillow covers weekly.
  • Sleep with a clean cotton towel on your pillow. Rotate it around so you're sleeping on a "fresh" surface every night.
  • Keep your hair clean.
  • Stop touching your face. It's disgusting and you're just smothering filth all over it with your hands.
  • Don't use aftershaves with alcohol bases, they dry your skin out and hyperactivate your sebaceous glands.
  • Don't over due it on face cleansers. Everyone is unique. I naturally have oily skin, I use an exfolient twice a week.
  • If your skin is shiny and tight you're washing it too much.
How can you treat acne?
If you've got some serious acne, you need to consult a physcian. If you're like most of us check out these acne treatments below.
  • A good exfolient works wonders. Use it.
  • Disposible wipes are cheap and effective at getting dirt and filth off your face thoughout the day.
  • Switch over to a DE razor.
  • I didn't know people actually do this, but use hot water when you wash your face. I got a message from someone who though hot water caused acne. Weird I know.
  • Keep your face happy, don't let it get to dryed out. How? Though?
A great recipe for a homemade oil is below. I've been using it for a while now with great results. There are a lot of preshave oils out there on the market, and they are all ridiculously expensive. I take some olive oil, some baby oil, and a bottle. 5 parts olive oil, 2 parts baby oil, mix them in a container and youre set. Check the picture out below.

Before you shave, wet your face with some nice hot water. Get your bottle, and drip about 5 drops into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, then smear your face up. Hit it all. Don't add more than 5 drops, its unecessary. Continue shaving like you normally would. Give it a few days and you'll start to notice how insanely soft and smooth your skin is. The oil helps as a preshave, and as a post shave because it'll keep your skin happy. Olive oil? Yeah, its been around for five THOUSAND years and the egyptians used it, so it has to be good.  I'll put this conconction up against ANY preshave oil on the market and win hands down. Its actually got a great smell and probably costs less than 25 cents a bottle. What are your questions?


  1. whoa lots of great info. cool blog, you got a new follower.

  2. great tips on this man.. does this work for bacne?

  3. But I like touching my face....Seriously, I'm constantly leaning against my hands when I'm just sitting there.

    That being said, I don't have acne problems that badly but I'm willing to try the olive oil thing. My skin tends to be a bit rougher.

    And yes, milk can come in bags in Canada if you know where to look. :P

  4. Great tips, gonna try them out!

  5. I can't help but touch my face!!!! lol

    Actually after my father died, my mom gave me his safety razor, and after a good sterilization. (Not like my father was a pig) lol I started using that rather then store bought razors, though from time to time I still will pick one up and use it....actually the one I have now has a beard trimmer on it which works really well. I can't use my olive oil for shaving though its a imported Portuguese brand and expensive as all hell! lol

  6. ProActiv has worked well for me, though it is pricey.. I have bad family history with acne on my dad's side, but I never had a pizza face, thankfully.

  7. Ya DE razor worked wonders on my face combined with the C.O. Bungalo shave cream. Ingrown hairs are no longer a problem of mine. Keep it up, I'll be back.

  8. interesting post...good work..

  9. I broke out a little bit recently because of stress

  10. i don't usually have acne. but side effects of my medication have caused my face to turn into an active volcano zone. ha.

  11. great tips, i'm so glad i don't have horrible acne

  12. I agree, cleanliness is a powerful enemy of acne.

  13. Nice scientific explanation of acne, and very accurate. Hot water causes acne...? Yeah, I don't think so. Nonetheless, it's good to approach it like this. I had SUPER BAD acne when I was a kid, and I didn't understand it or why it happened, so I felt really powerless and would get quite upset over it.

    As for this oil... well, I'll have to give it a try. And in regard to exfoliation, I use a facial/body-scrub with a loofa every day in the shower rather than bar soap. Works pretty well. Is this overdoing it?

  14. thanks for the great tips. =)

  15. What do you do about blackheads?