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What is acne?
Acne is a skin disorder that occurs when there is excessive sebum production, which combines with dead skin cells and results in clogged pores. Bacteria forms in the pores resulting in red inflamed pimples, pus filled whiteheads or blackheads.

What causes acne?
Acne is caused by the following five factors working together: hormones, extra sebum production, uneven skin shedding, bacteria and inflammation. Acne occurs due to the clogging of tiny hair follicles on the face and the body.

Does diet cause acne?
Extensive scientific research has not yet found a connection between diet and acne and it is widely believed that food does not cause acne. Nevertheless, some people insist that certain foods affect their acne. In such a case, it is recommended that they avoid those foods. Besides, there is no substitute for eating a well balanced diet both for general health and for good skin.

Is acne caused by poor hygiene?
Acne is not caused by dirt or surface skin oils. Although excess oils, dead skin and a day's accumulation of dust on the skin may look unsightly, they should not be removed by hard scrubbing. Vigorous washing and scrubbing will actually irritate the skin and make acne worse. The best approach to hygiene and acne is to gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap such as the Dayenne Soap, pat dry and follow an appropriate acne skin care regime such as the Dayenne Morning Skin Care regime and the Dayenne Evening Skin Care regime.

Is acne caused by stress?
Stress cannot cause acne but it can make acne worse.

Who gets acne?
Acne is the most common skin disease normally occurring during adolescence and early adulthood. Nearly 100% of individuals between the ages of 12 and 17 suffer from at least an occasional acne outbreak, whether it is a blackhead, whitehead or pimple, regardless of race or gender.

Will my acne go away by the time I reach the age of 30?
Unfortunately, many adults suffer from acne well into, and beyond, their fifties. To avoid this, it is essential to follow a good skin care regime from an early age.

Acne is for teenagers. I can't get acne if I'm an adult.
About 25% of all people between the ages 25- 44 have active acne. Many adult women have acne due to the constant fluctuation of their hormones during each menstrual cycle. Medications (like birth control pills) and pregnancy can also contribute to adult acne.

Can I ‘catch' acne from someone else?
Acne is not an infectious or contagious disease, so you cannot ‘catch' it like you would a cold or flu.

Will my acne go away if I ignore it?
Acne may spread if neglected. It may also cause extensive scarring. It is always advisable to take care of your skin, both internally and externally, at the very first sign of acne.

Is there a cure for acne?
There is no instant or immediate cure for acne. However, acne can be controlled, and scarring can be prevented by using the correct skin care regime externally and taking care of your health internally.

How is acne treated?
One needs to focus on two areas in treating acne – external skin care and internal body and health care. Externally, ensure that you are using a good early morning skin care regime and late evening skin care regime for taking care of your skin. Internally, ensure that you are eating the correct foods, getting the correct amount of sleep and reducing levels of stress.

How should people with acne care for their skin?
Follow a good skin care regime such as the Dayenne Skin Care regime.

Are abrasive cleansers good for acne?
Dermatologists actually find that harsh exfoliants usually aggravate acne. Skin is very delicate and needs to be treated gently.

Will being in the sun improve my acne?
There is no evidence that sunlight improves acne. Sunlight can actually do more harm than good as it leads to early ageing and increases your chances of skin cancer.

Why is acne such a big deal?
Although acne does not pose a threat to a person's physical health, it affects the way people look. This can affect the way you feel about yourself and the world around you, and may cause low self-esteem and even depression. As a result, acne may not be “just a little problem".

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