Oil Glands and Acne

My quest for the cure for common acne has led me to read quite a bit about skin, skin care and oil glands. What are these little glands and what harm can they really do? It seems that these quiet little glands that run through our body are often the cause of some serious acne flare ups.

Oil glands are not given too much attention in much of the research out there about acne, but searching specifically on oil glands and acne, a great deal of interesting information surfaced. I thought that it was worth my time to spend a few minutes giving some credit to the little oil glands that can have a major impact on acne.

With the exception of the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, oil glands are all over the body, with the face and scalp having the heaviest concentration of oil glands. These glands produce the necessary oil that the body needs to naturally moisturize and protect its hair and skin. Sometimes these oil glands can be overactive or they just get clogged, both of which can lead to acne.

We all know by now that too much oil in the body either naturally or environmentally can lead to acne. This is especially true in teenagers who are also dealing with hormonal changes. I learned that oil glands typically become overactive between the ages of 12 and 20. This is the age when most people begin to develop body changes including skin conditions such as acne.

The treatment for overactive oil glands and the prevention of acne flare ups remains the same as it does for most cases of acne. Of course, if natural treatments do not eventually work, a doctor can provide specialized treatments or medications to deal with the overactive oil glands.

Some of the common treatments that are recommended for people with overactive oil glands include:

  • A change in diet to include natural foods and green vegetables and reduce sugar and carbohydrates.
  • A skin care cleaning regime designed for your specific skin type.
  • Washing your face often to keep the pores clean and free from dirt and debris.
  • Protecting the face from overexposure to sun by using sunscreen.
  • Getting enough sleep and keeping stress levels low. Stress causes the production of hormones, which in turn can lead to acne.
  • Stay away from heavy make-up, especially those that contain oil, that can clog the pores of the face.
  • People who are on medications should check with their doctor to determine if the medications will contribute to acne issues. Certain medications, including steroids, can cause acne flare-ups. Even too much of certain vitamins, like B1 or B12, can contribute to acne.

I was relieved to hear that many of the strategies that we are trying at home to diminish the acne are the same as those recommended for overactive oil glands. It would be helpful to know the cause of my daughter’s acne; however, I would be more content to just identify a way to get rid of it.

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