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Eric Bakker N.D. Naturopathic Physician

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Acne

Acne is very common, and most people with spots have a condition called acne vulgaris. Did you know that \’vulgaris\’ is the medical term meaning \”common\”? Acne vulgaris is in fact given this name to distinguish it from less common variants of acne, like acne rosacea. Some people call acne by different names like \”pimples\”, \”spots\” or \”zits\”.
Nearly all of us have acne at some time or another in our lives. It mainly affects adolescents, but it can start as young as 8 years old). Acne may be quite persistent, and begin or become more severe in adulthood. Adults can get acne too, especially when their testosterone levels are too high.

Acne most often affects the face, but it may involve the neck, chest and back, and sometimes even more extensively over the body in some more severe cases. Individual lesions are usually centred on the pilo-sebaceous unit, meaning, the hair follicle and its associated oil gland. It is common for several types of acne spots occur often at the same time. They may be inflamed papules, pustules and nodules; or non-inflamed comedones and pseudocysts.

Young people especially want their acne gone, and they want it gone fast. My articles on acne will give you plenty of natural treatment options, including skin cleansing regimes, dietary advice as well as supplementation. Enjoy my articles about acne, they are based on my experience spanning more than twenty years in the naturopathic clinic.