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Tag: Acne

Dermatological Conditions

Acne Rosacea

Eczema is a superficial inflammation of the skin characterized by vesicles (when acute), redness, edema, oozing, crusting, scaling and usually itchy. Treatment involves removing the underlying causes of the skin inflammation.

Psoriasis is an extremely common skin disorder. Its incidence in Canada is between 2 – 4% of the population. Psoriasis is an example of hyperproliferative skin disorders. The cell division is 10000 times greater than in normal skin. Therapeutic consideration may revolve around intestinal microbiology (infection), digestion, liver function, food allergies and nutritional and herbal therapies.

Urticaria (hives) presents with red raised welts, these welts are consistent with histamine released via mast cells (white blood cells). Certain drugs are the most common causes of urticaria, as well as food related allergies. Infections such as yeast, bacterial and viral are also a major cause of urticaria. Treatment is usually ways in which we can detect substance which trigger the overreaction of the immune system, and then remove or desensitize these substances. Certain herbal medicines inhibit mast cell.

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Acne Vulgaris

Acne is caused by an interaction between hormones, skin oils, and bacteria, which results in inflammation of hair follicles (the pores in the skin where hair grows). Acne is characterized by many types of skin abnormalities (lesions). 

Acne occurs mainly during puberty, when the sebaceous glands are stimulated by increased hormone levels, especially the androgens (such astestosterone), resulting in excessive sebum production. By a person’s early to mid 20s, hormone levels usually have decreased enough that acne lessens or disappears. However, up to 40% of women may have acne into their 40s.

Other conditions that involve hormonal changes can affect the occurrence of acne as well:
  • Pregnancy or menstruation
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Certain drugs
  • Certain products applied to the skin
  • Too-tight clothing
  • High humidity and sweating

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