Acne is a multi-factorial disease. While each case is unique, you can greatly improve your chances of clear skin with food and lifestyle strategies.
What is acne?
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it’s a complex ecosystem made up of several layers and components.
The skin is semi-permeable, meaning that although it’s mostly a barrier between us and our environment, some stuff can get in and out. Sweat glands and hair follicles provide openings.
Hair originates in follicles deep in the subcutaneous layer, the deepest layer below the dermis. These hair follicles are paired with sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum, an oily substance that lubricates both hair and skin. (This is why your hair gets greasy if you don’t wash it.)
We have hair follicles and sebaceous glands all over our body, except for the palms of our hands and soles of our feet.
Acne forms when pores become congested with old skin cells, which is more likely when the skin is oily and skin cells stick together. If we also have high levels of bacteria on the skin plus systemic inflammation, we have ourselves a full fledged acne party.
Acne vulgaris is the form of acne most of us are familiar with and accounts for nearly all acne experienced.