More than 100,000 Australian men are reported to have skin issues.
More than 40 per cent of those with skin problems have been diagnosed with acne.
And with a reported prevalence of 10 per cent or more among Australian women, acne has been dubbed “the new acne”.
But while it can be tough to get the message across, there are plenty of ways to get your skin to stop showing signs of inflammation and inflammation can cause acne.
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In order to get a better idea of what’s going on in your skin, we spoke to dermatologist Dr John McAllister to find out how to remove acne and what to look for.
Dr McAllisters diagnosis of acne is based on his experience of treating thousands of Australian men.
He believes the key to getting rid of acne lies in removing inflammation and excess oil production in the skin.
“I believe that excessive inflammation and oil production are the cause of acne and I’m not going to talk about that anymore,” he says.
Dr John McEachister says inflammation and excessive oil production is one of the key causes of acneThe key to finding acne is to look at the condition in terms of your overall healthDr McEachisters advice is similar to that of Dr Jodi Green from the Mayo Clinic.
“We have a lot of acne patients that are in a state of inflammation or they have acne and they have inflammation and it’s a combination of both,” she says.
“The inflammation is probably the cause, so if we look at inflammatory cells and look at those cells that are responsible for inflammation we can see that that’s the main cause of inflammatory cells in the body.”
So if you look at inflammation and look for that inflammatory cells, you will probably find that you are more likely to get acne.
“So you’re not going down that path that is causing the inflammation, but you’re actually the culprit.”
Dr McIters diagnosis is based upon a large number of studies in which the skin of young men has been subjected to light and low-level electromagnetic fields.
“The study that was done by the Mayo researchers, in the light field, showed that the more the person exposed to light, the less the amount of inflammatory inflammatory cells they had was going to be in the dermis,” Dr McEachings explains.
“And that’s what the Mayo study showed, so we know the way inflammation is produced in the epidermis and in the melanocytes and in other cells that control skin development.”
So, while the Mayo research may be accurate in the sense that it suggests inflammation in the hair follicle may be a major contributor to acne, the Mayo clinic has a very different idea.
Dr Green says the skin in young men should be exposed to low-intensity electromagnetic fields for as long as possible, and that’s because the Mayo studies indicate that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields causes the skin to become more reactive to light.
“When you look into the skin, you see a lot more inflammation, and inflammation has been linked to acne and acne is a consequence of that,” Dr Green says.
“[High-intensity] electromagnetic fields that you see in the world are causing a lot inflammation, so it’s actually the way to get that inflammation out of the skin.”
But what happens when your skin is exposed to high-intensity fields?
In a recent study conducted at Melbourne University, researchers looked at the relationship between the presence of high-energy light and the incidence of acne.
The researchers found that those who had light exposure had an increased risk of developing acne.
But what about those who were exposed to a low-energy dose?
The study found that people who were less exposed to the light were less likely to develop acne than those who exposed to more light.
However, the researchers also found that the higher the exposure to light levels, the greater the increase in the risk of acne in the participants.
So while exposure to a high-powered light source may increase acne, it doesn’t cause it.
But does high-power light cause acne?
“High-power” refers to the amount that a person is exposed over a long period of time.
According to the Mayo team, the exposure period for an adult man is about 2 hours.
That’s the amount used to illuminate the day, for example.
For a woman, it is about 3 hours.
So if a person gets a high power exposure for a period of two hours, that’s a lot longer than the amount needed to illuminate their entire body.
So does exposure to high intensity light cause skin problems?
The Mayo researchers say that high-impact light causes an increase in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and lipoproteins, both of which are lipid components.
High-density LDL and high-lipoprotein levels are both associated with acne The Mayo team found that higher levels of HDL