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A is for Acne | Part 1 | Beauty Glossary ◊ A to Z | Beauty Gospel According to Tash

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

What is this vom-bag, acne? Acne is an inflammation of the sebaceous glands and occurs where the glands are most active; on the face, neck, back, and chest. To delve more deeply into why the bugbear of acne occurs in our lives, it’s important to understand the composition of skin and how your skin works – here it goes! Essentially, your skin is a living, breathing organ. Billions of cells in your skin float in watery liquid (which has the same amount of salt as seawater) – 75% of your body is water and 35% of that is found in your skin. The layers of your skin look a bit like a jam sandwich. Upper layer = the epidermis Lower layer = the dermis Middle = thin basal layer This may sound simple, but your skin is a never-ending saga of activity. Your skin renews itself every two to three weeks in young women and twice as long in older women. This is good news as that means there are repeated opportunities for improvement, yay! The visible outermost layer of the skin is made up of hardened rigid skin cells (protecting the inner layers of your skin). As these cells die, they loosen and shed and are then instantly replaced by their friends queueing up behind. We shed about 4% of our total number of skin cells every day. Gross fact! Dead skin cells are a huge component of household dust, we lose about 13.6kg of the skin during our lives. The headquarters of our skin’s renewal lies deep in the dermis and it’s this layer that governs the outer layers and hence the appearance of our skin. Here, having the time of their lives, are the blood vessels, sweat glands and hair follicles, the connective tissue (containing the all-important collagen and elastin which keep our skin plump and youthful) and the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are one of the key factors controlling facial skin because they are targeted by androgens – male hormones that women also have, but in lower levels. These are what triggers acne by creating excess sebum that blocks the hair follicles and pores causing bacteria to build up, resulting in spots and pimples erupting. Oestrogen is also an important skin regulator. The ups and downs of your skin may simply be due to waxing and waning of your hormone levels, such as the case of acne during puberty for some. If you have a good supply of oestrogen, your skin tends to be supple, soft, healthy and resilient. The rise and fall of hormone levels during your menstrual cycle - peaking the last ten days – is also a usual time for flare-ups. Alas, some women also get acne after 25. Genetics also plays a role….as is always the case. So any teens that are told they have acne because ‘you are dirty’, those humans are liars and bullies. So ignore, alas it’s a rite of passage, but shall soon pass. I will be posting another blog soon covering over-the-counter and natural treatments for Acne, so come back soon. If you have any questions please comment below or email me at Best song on my iPod playing, whilst writing this blog: Sweet Talk, by Spank Rock Please also watch my YouTube video & subscribe to my channel:


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Disclaimer: This blog is only intended for informational purposes. Any information associated with this blog should not be considered as a substitute for prescription suggested by beauty, diet and healthcare professionals. Readers are subject to use this information at your own risk. Tash Fromberg does not take any responsibility for any harm, side-effects, illness or any health or skin care problems caused due to the use of this content or anything related to this. Please always remember, products that work for me, may not work for you. Always test them on a small area of skin before buying or using it if unsure.

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