There is a sensitive balancing act being performed within the layers of your skin. Sebum, a lubricant and water seal for our hair follicles, is produced by the skin and can be directly found accountable for Acne.
Acne is an inflammatory response of our immune system that is activated when either:
- Hardened Sebum, attributed to nutritional imbalance of omega fatty acids and a depletion effect caused by too much sebum production in the sebaceous glands, injures the cells lining the walls of the sebum ducts or triggers an inflammatory reaction that causes too many free radicals that also injure those cells; and
- Shear Force of Sebum output and fluctuations resulting from stress in both teens and adults as well as hormonal imbalances experienced during pregnancy, the menstruation cycle in women or fluctuations that occur during perimenopause.
The cells lining the sebaceous ducts produce inflammatory mediators (IL-1a, IL-b and tumor necrosis factor) when they are injured, so pimples may –and in fact occur– in the absence of acne bacteria.
Bacteria enter the scene later, when pores get clogged by excess sebum or hardened sebum because then there is no oxygen inside the pores and some specific bacteria starts proliferating in an environment without oxygen too rapidly, and create waste in the form of chemicals that also injure the cells lining the sebum ducts.
What You Should Know About Acne Treatment for Adults and About Adult Acne Triggers?
Acne treatment must a) first repair the injured cells and also address b) immoderate inflammation c) blocked pores and d) acne bacteria, as well as the initiating causes: e) too much stress that leads to too much sebum output, f) imbalances in the proportion of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in the diet that lead to hardened sebum, and g) hormonal imbalances during the menstrual period or pregnancy and h) too many free radicals caused by inflammation.
We must highlight that acne treatment for adults and adolescents must always aim to moderate the inflammatory response. The urgency here is very similar to when we try to quickly control high fever in children and adults. Tight control of our own immune system is absolutely necessary to avoid loss of tissues as you do not want to regret being left behind with ice pick or demeaning pitted acne scars or the formation of abnormal fibrotic or keloid scars.
Acne Treatment For Adults Must Target the Root Cause Of Adult Acne Breakouts
When we’re injured or seriously ill, our first response is to call a doctor or head for the nearest emergency room. But faster than you can dial 9-1-1, the body’s internal emergency response team is already on the scene. Responding instantly to biochemical distress signals from damaged tissue, specialized cells and proteins have already started to seal off the injured area, destroy damaged tissue and kill invading bacteria.
It’s called the inflammatory response, and the pain, heat, swelling and redness we associate with injury are signs that it’s working.
Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against injury and infection, but it’s a double-edged sword. An out-of-control inflammatory response can destroy healthy tissues and cause those holes you are left with after acne resolves, or more damage than the original problem. Keeping it under control means the immune system must maintain a balance between fanning the flames of inflammation and cooling it down.
As we said acne is an inflammatory skin condition which main characteristic are superficial skin breakouts. And those may or may not get infected with the acne bacteria that live within the hair follicles.
Did you know that Propionibacteria acnes, the bacteria that is the main responsible for acne infections lives in symbiosis with our body, feeding on our dead cells, helping the sebaceous glands to transform them into sebum, and metabolizing all components of sebum into fatty acids with antimicrobial properties?
The thing is when sebum flows through the hair follicles to the surface of the skin it helps to lubricate our skin and takes care of our skin with both lactic acid and fatty acids. Both acids avoid the growing process of certain pathogenic bacteria and fungi, which are always prepared to thrive especially when our immune system becomes impaired.
Thing is that when sebum doesn’t flow and ends up getting trapped by either clog pores or pinched-off sebum glands – OUCH!- it breaks or damages some of the lining cells of the sebum canals.
And guess what?
Our body readily responds to the Ouch signs. Of course! It isn’t deaf to them, unlike us that often have little ability to listen to signs of danger or even to those letting us know of approaching perils.
Yes, the body answers in almost the same way it learned to react during the many years of our evolutionary drift. By sending to the site where the injury is located all its armed forces composed of immune system soldiers (lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophils) overloaded with chemical weapons to eliminate the attackers, without consideration even for its own cells that might happen to be in the way and also do get destroyed.
After all our immune system may very well perceive that as a matter of life or death!
This is what we mean by “inflammatory reaction”. And, Oh Boy! You might as well bet all those soldiers are really inflamed!
A Natural Solution: Acne Treatment for Adults With NO Side Effects
Now, nature has a solution. It is a serum created by the innate immune system of a little creature with skin and soft tissues very similar in structure and components to that of human skin. And it is packed with antimicrobial peptides so that acne bacteria can not thrive when it is applied to human skin.
But, the most important is that this serum supports our innate immune system at the site of skin injuries.
A further advantage of the serum is that it causes your fibroblasts, the cells responsible for creating all the skin structures, to create plenty of water holding molecules within the dermis. This solves most of the problem of sensitive skin, as it restores hydration or proper skin moisturizing.
Furthermore, the same effect on fibroblasts makes them create more collagen and elastin skin fibers which strengthen the skin and arrest the usual fragility that characterizes sensitive skin.
The serum we are talking about is a naturally occurring immune serum secreted by land snails as an essential part of their more evolved innate immune system (we humans have a more evolved adaptive immune system). This immune serum is the same they use to heal their skin affected by injuries, and their skin happens to be very similar to our human skin. This serum is the main active ingredient in all our BIOCUTIS skin products and in the cream BIOSKINFORTE, our strongest natural acne treatment cream for adults.
Bioskinforte is also powered by four more acne treatment powerhouses as you may read at our home page.
They are: willow bark extract, which is a source of natural salicylic acid that helps to unclog pores, a licorice root extract (anti-inflammatory), an extract of coleus forskohlii, a plant of the mint and lavender family (inhibits the growth of skin pathogens), and Inca inchi oil, from a plant that grows wild in the Peruvian amazon (the best botanical source of essential linoleic and omega fatty acids. It liquefies hardened sebum).
Clogged pores are a breeding environment of too much acne bacteria migrating from the sebaceous glands where they feed on sebum to the upper part of the hair follicle where they can now thrive because there in no longer oxygen there that would kill them, as they do not tolerate oxygen, which is absent deep inside the follicle in the sebum gland. And too much bacteria means too many chemical wastes that inure the cells lining the sebum ducts and the inflammatory reaction that ensues, aiming also to destroy the clogging sebum mixed with cosmetics or skin care products are sweat or dirt.
Thus anything that clogged pores is also a culprit of acne: cosmetics or skin care products that clog pores, sweating, dirt, to name a few.
Adult Acne Treatment and Isotretinoin Drugs
If you are taking isotretinoin drugs (brand names Accutane®, Roaccutane®, or other) for cystic acne treatment, and you are still experiencing active acne, you do not have to wait until acne is no longer active to start treating acne scarring. You can use BIOSKINCARE safely while on isotretinoin or retinoid drugs. It will strengthen your skin and still dissolve scarring.
BIOSKINCARE can be used in conjunction with isotretinoin both to get rid of acne scars and to relieve the side effects associated with sensitive skin and the dryness and thinning of your skin that this acne drugs cause.