Acne Vulgaris is what we refer to as the common acne. It is estimated that between 85-100% of the population suffer from this form of acne at some points in their lifes. Acne Vulgaris can be treated, and there are several methods of acne vulgaris treatment. (check out herbal acne creams and herbal acne pills) Acne Vulgaris includes several types of lesions, termed as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
Mild to moderate acne vulgaris is very common and is usually characterized by:
- Blackheads (open Comedomes) – Blackheads are caused by semi blocked pores as a result of over active sebaceous glands. The black appearance of the blackhead isn’t caused by dirt, but by the melanin pigment from dead skin cells. Blackheads tend to be stable structures, and often take a long time to clear. Blackheads are also called “open comedomes” because the surface of the skin remains open.
- Whiteheads (closed Comedomes) – Whiteheads are caused by completely blocked pores. The white appearance of the whitehead is a result of the bacteria inside turning the sebum into free fatty acid. The whitehead is different from the blackhead because the opening of the blocked sebaceous follicle to the skin’s surface is closed or has a microscopic opening. As a result, the whitehead remains white because no air can get through to oxidize the material.Blackheads and whiteheads should never be squeezed, scratched or picked open. In fact, only a dermatologist should attempt extracting them, under sterile conditions. Do-it-yourself attempts at extracting whiteheads and black heads can damage skin tissue. Damaged skin tissue can get infected by staphylococcuc, streptococcuc and other unpleasent skin bacteria.
- Papules – Papules are small, red, tender bumps or spots caused by localized cellular reaction to the process of acne. A group of very small papules and microcomedones may be almost invisible but have a “sandpaper” feel to the touch. A papule is considered a papule if its size is small (5mm). If they are larger they are referred to as nodules
- Pustules – Pustules are large, red (with inflammation) and yellow topped (pus filled) spots on the surface of the skin. Pustules normally occur on the usual acne area, although sometimes occur in areas of increased sweating such as the groin and armpit.Severe acne vulgaris is more rare and is usually characterized by:
- Nodules – Nodules are large and hard lesions beneath the skin’s surface. Nodules are characterized by inflammation that extends into deeper layers of the skin. Nodules go deep within the skin, can be very painful and could cause permanent tissue damage that results in scarring.
- Cysts – Cysts are similar to nodules but can be severely inflamed and infected. These cysts are not made of the same structure of normal cysts but are nodules of inflammation
Do natural treatments work for acne vulgaris?
Several acne sufferers have benefited from natural acne treatments. One must beware what product to use and always make sure the ingredients are natural. We have studied and reviewed several acne creams and pills and have only presented you with the best and most effective natural treatments to clear your acne.