Introduction and background

Acne is known to affect people even before humans could write. Some Egypt writings mention that Pharaohs used to suffer with Acne. It seems that the word ‘Acne’ was invented in ancient Greece as people from there were also affected by this disorder. Acne cannot be regarded as a serious disease or measured in terms of life and death, but it has a nuisance value out of all proportion to its seriousness, affecting, as it does, young people at an age when they are most sensitive to any disfigurement. It is therefore to be expected that references to acne will occur in the medical or other literature of all highly civilized communities. Before dealing with ideas on the associations or varieties of acne, it seems pertinent to attempt to trace the origin of the word “acne”, itself a problem which has been argued for hundreds of years without any completely satisfactory conclusion being reached. The ancient Greek physicians certainly recognized acne, a condition which Aristotle describes in sufficient detail for there to be little doubt of the identification. Hippocrates also uses the term, but does not state .what he means by it, although his wording suggests that it was a well-known and recognized disease.
Till the fifth century A.D, the use of the word acne was considered as a misrepresentation of the word acme. But with the works of Aetius coming into light, it indicates that the word acme was misprinted. However, there are other theories which claim that the word acne has been derived from acme which means the highest point and comes from the Greek word akme which means point or spot. According to the geographical and historical conditions, acne seems to originate from ancient Egypt. There are certain works which cite that the pharaohs suffered from acne.

History of acne treatment

As mentioned above, acne is an ancient skin problem. In fact, the background of acne reaches back to the dawn of recorded history. In ancient Egypt, it is written that several pharaohs were acne sufferers. In Rome 2000 years ago, bathing in hot sulfur mineral waters was one of the few available acne treatments. Sulfur was a treatment throughout the 19th century, and still is with us. Salicylic acid is over 100 years old. Also, one hundred years ago, the poisons strychnine and arsenic were standard acne treatments in dermatology texts. Interestingly enough, tropical acne was a significant problem during World War II and was presumably due to partial poral (small holes in the skin) obstruction.

History of facial cleansing

The first recorded use of facial cleansing utilizing more than water was among the Ancient Egyptians in 10 000 BC. Egyptians were heavy users of makeup made from a base of metallic ores which contained natural dyes for color; this mixture was then painted onto the face. In this period, early Egyptians typically bathed and removed makeup in a river. Their cleansers consisted of animal fat mixed with lime and perfume, and were similar to some of the homemade natural soaps in use today. Facial cleansing and body cleansing were done with the same soap.
Even today, dermatologists, skin experts and naturopaths firmly believe that one of the most effective ways to control or cure acne is by using herbal topical treatments such as acne lotions, acne creams, and gels that are applied on the skin.

Modern treatment of acne

When it comes to an effective treatment for your acne, you want a product that will really work and that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. However, because of the intense market clutter, finding the anti acne skin care product may seem like an impossible task.
One of the most advanced and research-based and “home based” treatment options for acne has recently arrived in the form of natural & herbal products. These anti-acne kits actually comprise of a “system” consisting of several treatments that all work together to address various issues related with your acne simultaneously. Fortunately, there are quite a few such natural and herbal remedies that consist of various components including skin mask, lotion, cleansing oil and various extracts / essences. The best part is that, to date, no side effects have been reported even after regular and continuous use of these remedies.


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