Are you losing goodnight’s sleep over pimples and acne? Don’t think you are alone; because these skin diseases are affecting over 630 million people around the world and and stand 8th in the list of common diseases. It is important to understand what is pimple and acne; what causes them and how we can control them for a better skin. Let us see.
What is pimple and acne?
Pimples and acnes are hair follicles or pores clogged with dead skin cells, mostly seen on facial skin. Below our skin there are sebaceous glands secreting oily or waxy substances, medically called sebum. These substances help to maintain skin lubrication and water resistance quality of our skin. Due to constant exposure to external environment, human facial skin naturally experiences maximum sebum secretion.
Pimples and acnes crop up when dead skin cells, mixed with sebum, become gluey and get trapped inside hair follicles. Gluey dead skin cells block hair follicles and stop freshly secreted sebum from flowing out through pores. Situation becomes ugly when infection and inflammation occur due to bacterial growth in blocked sebum. Casual practices, like pimple-popping, aggravate infection and inflammation.
Reasons behind pimple and acne
There can be multiple reasons behind first outbreak of pimples and acnes, like, hormone, skin infection, diet, stress and environment. The most common among them is hormonal changes during puberty, when human skin loses its natural baby-softness. Sebum secretion increases and simultaneously increases cases of pimples, acnes.
Stress, it has been studied and observed, is one of the key factors that aggravate the situation and make the problem persists. It has been studied multiple times across the world that stress is linked to increased eruption of pimple and acne cysts. Among students in their adolescence, similar situations are observed just before their school tests – an event of significant stress. During summer vacations, when stress is absent or significantly low, eruption reduces considerably.
How does stress impact?
Multiple studies is being conducted to find out impact of stress on pimple and acne outgrowth and to understand how the impact works. It has been confirmed repeatedly that stress does aggravate the situation, causes flare up; however, it is not yet clearly evident how the impact works. Scientific studies and dermatological researches indicate 2 root causes; they are:
- Increasing sebum secretion; and
- Increasing susceptibility to inflammation and infection.
When under stress, sebaceous glands under our skins secrete more sebum. It makes skins oily, increasingly clogging hair follicles with dead skin cells. Stress also makes us susceptible to pathogens, Propionibacterium acnes, causing infections and inflammations. Clogged follicles also become prone to infections causing further flare up of pimples and acnes. So, managing your stress can help us control further flaring up of pimples and acnes.
How green tea can help in this regard?
Green tea is less processed leaves of Camellia sinensis or tea plants; it contains lots of active ingredients like, naturally occurring polyphenols. Drinking green tea increases polyphenol level in our body and this affects sebum production and impact severity of pimples and acnes. Also, anti-oxidants in green tea boost our immunity against common bacterial infections. EGCG, the most abundant catechins found in tea, is a key compound against acnes and pimples. Anti-microbial quality of catechins and other polyphenols help fighting acne-related bacterial infections.
Other than oral intake, topical use of green tea on skins with acne and pimple is also an effective treatment. Active compounds in green tea show good skin penetration and human skin is also capable of retaining majority of polyphenols available in green tea extracts.
So, start fighting pimples and acnes with daily brew of green tea. Regular drinking of green tea can give you no-scar naturally glowing skin. TE-A-ME Teas offers different variety of green tea; naturally mixed with different herbal ingredients for your holistic health.