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Not only are teenagers challenged with peer pressure, hormonal changes, and decisions about college and careers, but approximately 85 percent also deal with acne. In 30 percent of them, the acne will persist into adulthood.

Not only are teenagers challenged with peer pressure, hormonal changes, and decisions about college and careers, but approximately 85 percent also deal with acne. In 30 percent of them, the acne will persist into adulthood.

Acne is a condition that has affected many of us at some time in our lives. It is caused by an increase in the production of androgens (male hormones) stimulating the oil glands beneath the skin to enlarge and increase production of sebum (oil) that lubricates your hair and skin. Although they are male hormones, androgens exist in smaller quantities in women as well. Most of the time glands make the proper amount of sebum, but sometimes the pores get clogged with excess sebum, causing the redness and eruptions seen as acne. Sebum moves along hair follicles to surface on the skin, and as it does, cells on the follicles are shed.

To prevent acne and maintain healthy skin, proper nutrition and circulation are vital. Healthy skin depends upon a consistent dietary intake of certain vitamins and minerals, as well as the right kinds of fatty acids. Deficiencies in essential fatty acids can cause an overproduction of sebum, resulting in acne. Eating too many of the wrong fats has also been shown to cause excess sebum production.

Over 150 acne drugs exist including topical creams (such as Retin-A), antibacterial creams, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications (corticosteroids), low-dose birth control pills, and Accutane. Some of these treatments come with serious side-effects. Treating acne may be much simpler than taking hit-or-miss over-the-counter remedies or harmful prescription drugs. In addition to eczema, psoriasis, and cradle cap, natural treatments in the form of borage oil and evening primrose oil exist for acne as well.

Gentle GLA

Researchers explain that gamma linoleic acid (GLA) from borage oil and evening primrose oil has the ability to inhibit the androgens that are thought to cause acne, common baldness, and seborrhea (skin lesions). GLA can reduce the symptoms related to acne, such as dryness, itching, oozing, inflammation, and blister formation. Topically applied GLA is showing great potential as a natural skin solution for androgen-related skin ailments. This statement takes into account symptom alleviation, as well as a reduction in the use of prescription medications, including topical and oral steroids, antihistamines, and antibiotics.

While acne and other skin conditions tend to be frustrating, and conventional drug treatments expensive with a potential for negative side effects, it is a relief to know that your skin can be saved by supplements such as borage oil containing GLA. Not only will GLA help to prevent against acne and its symptoms, it will also help to keep your skin supple, prevent against aging and wrinkling, and keep your skin looking youthful and radiant.

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