There are 2 types of bacteria and a yeast-type fungus that are all over the skin surface. They are harmless and benign on normal skin, but they tend to become harmful on oily skin.
When blockage or congestion appears in the skin pores, the harmful bacteria thrive in the low-oxygen environment inside the glands and chemically change the triglycerides into fatty acids. Thereby, it causes the formation of whiteheads.
Continual Touch and Picking
An on-going irritation, pressure applied, picking, wearing tight sweat bands and rubbing increase the acne and heighten the risk of scarring.
Cooking and Frying
Household women cooking heavy and deep fried food are exposed to flying grease or oil particles in the air and fumes. . It can worsen their acne condition
Hot and Humid Weather
Intense heat and humidity often lead to excessive sweating. This coupled with low evaporation of sweat irritates the acne condition.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
A highly inflammatory form of acne is not uncommon amongst anaemic women who require frequent doses of Vitamin B12.
Iodine-rich Foods and Drugs
Spinach, toothpastes, asthma and cold remedies contain iodides, bromides and flourides. Research shows they adversely affect the acne condition.
Hysterectomy and Menopause
In these conditions, the level of estrogen in women drops, resulting in an out of proportion dominance of androgen. Sometimes this results in an outbreak of acne and hairiness.
Use of Wrong Cosmetics
Unfortunately, some of the skin creams, make-up products contain derivates of fatty acids and oils which are potent acne-stimulants. The biggest culprits amongst the skin-care products are the vanishing creams which have high absorption rate.
Prolonged Stress and Anxiety
The acne condition is also worsened by stress. For example, students appearing for examination have to cope with a sudden outbreak of acne.
LIST OF ACNE-CAUSING CHEMICALS (Watch on your Cosmetic and Make-up product labels) .
- Isopropyl Isosterate
- Butyl Stereate
- Myristyl Myristate
- Isopropyl Palmitate
- Isocetyl Palmitate
- Decyl Oleate
- Isosteryl Neopentanoate
- Oetyl Palmitate
- Oetyl Stearate
- Iodoptopyl Lanolate
- Acetol Acetulan
- Amberate P
- Crude coal tar
- PG 2 Myristyl Propionate
- Acetrylated Lanolin
- Ethylated Lanolin
- D & C red dyes (common in blushers)
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