Acne has been a problem in adolescents, as long as I remember.
Curiously, ancient litterature ignores such a topic.
Since discovery and use of soap for one’s hygiene, humans have selected strains of resistant or even aggressive bacterias on their skin.
The result is prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus in dermatologic flora, on behalf of more friendly Staphylococcus epidermidis.
Staphylococcus aureus provokes thickening of secretions, wherever it is present.
– Be it in depth of sebaceous glands of skin (primary site of acne), or in para-nasal sinuses,
– It interferes with fluidity of secretions, and causes acne on this first site, and chronic sinusitis in the second.
Washing one’s body with less aggressive soaps (Anti-dry for instance), or even simply with vegetal oil, would promote friendlier germs on one’s skin.
The only draw-back:
– It needs a few days to change flora of superficial skin with this treatment, but weeks and months to modify it in sebaceous gland’s depth.
One problem in women is their long hair. But many young girls use alternative methods to wash and my daughter, for instance, uses vinegar.
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