What is Acne?
Acne is a very common skin disease in adolescents and young adults, but it also affects adults. However, its aetiology is not yet fully understood. It occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders.
Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.
Symptoms of acne
Signs and symptoms of acne may include:
- Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
- Blackheads (open plugged pores)
- Small red, tender bumps (papules)
- Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
- Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules)
- Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin (cystic lesions)
Causes of acne
Four main factors cause acne:
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
- Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens)
- Demodex mites
Factors that may worsen acne
These factors can trigger or aggravate acne:
- Hormones. Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also can affect sebum production. And low amounts of androgens circulate in the blood of women and can worsen acne.
- Certain medications. Examples include drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium.
- Diet. Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including skim milk and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips — may worsen acne. Chocolate has long been suspected of making acne worse. A small study of 14 men with acne showed that eating chocolate was related to a worsening of symptoms. Further study is needed to examine why this happens and whether people with acne would benefit from following specific dietary restrictions.
- Stress. Stress can make acne worse.
What is the relation between acne and Demodex mites?
Demodex appears to be associated with multiple skin disorders, but controversy persists. Some reports indicate a connection between acne vulgaris and demodicosis.
What are Demodex mites?
Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that live under hair follicles and in oil glands. They are linked to many issues such as Demodex mites rosacea and Demodex acne.
Several studies have shown that Demodex mites, which are present on the facial skin of most of humans, occur in much greater numbers on the faces of people with rosacea.
So can Demodex mites cause acne?
The science says it’s possible. Infestation rates are higher in people skin problems than those with healthy skin, they are especially high in psoriasis patients. These mites can irritate the skin, and that can be a trigger for the acne formation process.
How to treat Demodex acne?
Ungex aims to eliminate mites with its innovative Care Plan and by providing the best products to treat Demodex hair mites. The Care Plan is a combination of Ungex products used in conjunction with the correct method.
Ungex products basically lay siege to the Demodex populations on your body, by helping remove their main food source (i.e. oil control), making your body an awful place for them to live, and night after night lessening their populations, until eventually they get to 0.
Ungex helps you treat all types of human follicle mites known as Demodex folliculorum and brevis which lead to acne and other hair and skin problems.