About Acne

Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples.
J.M. Barrie (Author: Peter Pan)

What percentage of all teenagers experience acne?

  • In Australia, more than 80% of all teenagers have acne
  • 66% have moderate to severe forms of acne – that is, acne which is red, inflamed and often very sore.
  • More than 90% of Aussie teenagers aged 16-18 will experience acne.
  • More than 90% of teenage boys and 80% of teenage girls experience acne.
  • Around half of all adults experience acne, too. Some will have had it as a teenager and the problem never goes away; others will find that the condition begins at the end of their teenage years and continue well into their 40’s.

What causes acne?

The verdict is in – and they are not actually sure. The experts suggest that acne may be influenced by a number of factors (below), but to date – and after many years of research – they are not entirely sure what causes it:

  • Hormonal activity – acne occurs, in most cases around puberty.
  • Diet – this is a tough area. While there is some evidence to suggest a low GI diet helps to reduce acne symptoms, it is not fully understood whether diet actually triggers acne (for more on the low-GI diet, see http://www.freshforkids.com.au/nutritional_info/low_down_on_GI.html)
  • Stress – Yes! It is a factor, but again, while there may be a general worsening of symptoms at stressful times such as exams, it is not known whether this is the cause.
  • Smoking – there is a link, but not a conclusion.
  • Bacteria – bacteria is present within acne lesions, but it is not clear whether this bacteria (which is actually present and necessary in ALL skin) causes acne.
  • Genetic links – If your one or both of your parents had acne, you will have an increased risk of experiencing acne symptoms – but they are not sure why, because around 50% of sufferers do NOT have a primary relative (that is mum, dad or siblings) who suffered acne.

ACNE BURDEN

Acne can affect:

  • Relationships
  • How people feel about themselves
  • Quality of life

People with Acne:

  • May feel unattractive
  • May feel reluctant to engage in dating and feel socially isolated
  • Experience scarring

Acne is linked to thoughts of suicide

Stress slows healing

If you relate to this, it is important to know that you are not alone. There is a lot of research being conducted in this area – I hope to add to it with my research into the effectiveness of a natural product.