Accessing Your Acne Formations
Acne may present itself in various forms: blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, etc. Each form comes baring its own message.
No one really knows what causes acne. But since you spend 24 hours a day and 7 days a week with YOU, you are the person most equipped to determine the cause of your acne formations. Again, acne is a message and one does not cure a message, one responds to it.
Nevertheless, a sample explanation for the formation of acne is given below:
I stress formation because most texts like to treat the process by which a zit forms as if this is the cause of the zit. Such explanations overlook why, when, where and how the body received the message that it needed to create an acne pimple. Acne is a symptom of emotional, physical and/or psychological needs within the body that have not been met.
It may take 2–6 weeks before a zit appears on your skin’s surface. A pimple begins its formation in the sebaceous hair follicles, also known as pores. Within each follicle the sebaceous glands produce sebum, the oil that keeps the skin moist and supple. Your skin is constantly renewing itself.
In this rejuvenating process old skin cells die and then combine with your skin’s natural oils. Later this mixture of dead cells and oil is shed off. This natural exfoliation allows for new skin cells to arrive giving your face and body a healthy glow.
However, this scenario does not pan out quite the same for everyone. When your skin does not shed in the normal pattern, dead cells will become sticky and clump together creating a plug over the pore. This skin cap of dead skins cells stuck together, or comedo, traps oil and bacteria inside the follicle.
While this comedo is locking oil and bacteria within your skin, the pore begins to swell as your skin continues its normal oil production. Remember your pores are holes that are designed to allow your body to breathe and cleanse itself.
Sense this build-up of waste and bacteria is viewed as an enemy by the immune system, the immune system responds by sending white blood cells to the site of the infected pore.
It could take 2–6 weeks before a pimple arrives to represent the drama that has been unfolding in your body.
We all have the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, on our face and bodies. P. acnes can take part in the creation of an acne eruption.
When we have an inflammation, our bodies are telling us that we have consumed something, felt something, or thought something that had an adverse affect on the body. These toxins need removal.
Plus, it is not normal to have acne as a growing adolescent because of hormonal changes. There are cultures that do not subscribe to the Western diet and never experience acne at any age.
We have the symptom acne, because our body is ridding itself of toxins through the skin. And as these toxins make their exit, white blood cells come along and make them less dangerous to the body. There is more to the formation of a pimple that an overflow of oil. Your body is trying to tell you something.
Our mood, state of mind, and internal organs can all trigger the formation of a pimple. Getting to know our bodies better, we can discover precisely what types of environmental and emotional changes trigger acne formations within our body.
From there, we can design a lifestyle approach that will lead us away from acne formations to a healthier state of mind and body.
Haven’t your ever asked yourself, “Uh, why do I get pimples on my face? Why can’t they come somewhere where no one can see them?”
Well we live in a vain world for good and not so good reasons. Would you give a zip that occurred on your elbow as much attention as your would one that popped up right on the center of your nose? I’m going to guess of course not.
We pay attention to our faces, so naturally the body is going to send the message to the spot where it should get the quickest response. Unfortunately, we as a society have accustomed ourselves to the idea of zapping zits, not interpreting them.
Thus, we tire ourselves in a search for the non-existent cure for acne. All the while, our body pleads for our awareness to go away from the zit and toward our physical and emotional needs.