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Kitty asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

did people have acne in the 1900's?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    King Tut most likely had acne - - - acne is as old as man and during the early 1900's when bathing was optional and few people could afford 'cures' & treatments' acne was 'epidemic' by modern standards. Toward the end of the 1900s though bathing became mandatory in America and elsewhere and penicillan and other antibiotics became available and so acne became less evident less visble-- --

    note the phrase 'Pimply faced Punk' dates back to the 1920s.

    """Acne vulgaris is an inflammatory disease of the skin, caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units (skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland). Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, spots, or zits.

    Acne develops as a result of blockages in follicles. Hyperkeratinization and formation of a plug of keratin and sebum (a microcomedo) is the earliest change. Enlargement of sebaceous glands and an increase in sebum production occur with increased androgen (DHEA-S) production at adrenarche. Increased sebum production provides an environment for the overgrowth of Propionibacterium acnes. Bacterial overgrowth of Propionibacterium acnes can cause inflammation.

    The condition is most common during adolescence. For most people, acne diminishes over time and tends to disappear, or at least decrease, after one reaches his or her early twenties. There is, however, no way to predict how long it will take for it to disappear entirely, and some individuals will continue to suffer from acne decades later, into their thirties and forties and even beyond.[1] Acne affects a large percentage[specify] of humans at some stage in life.

    The term acne comes from a corruption of the Greek άκμή (acme in the sense of a skin eruption) in the writings of Aëtius Amidenus. The vernacular term bacne or backne is often used to indicate acne found specifically on one's back.

    Timeline of acne treatment

    The history of acne reaches back to the dawn of recorded history. In Ancient Egypt, it is recorded that several pharaohs were acne sufferers[citation needed]. From Ancient Greece comes the English word 'acne' (meaning 'point' or 'peak'). Acne treatments are also of considerable antiquity:

    Ancient Rome[citation needed]: bathing in hot, and often sulfurous, mineral water was one of the few available acne treatments. One of the earliest texts to mention skin problems is De Medicina by the Roman writer Celsus.

    1800s: Nineteenth century dermatologists used sulphur in the treatment of acne. It was believed to dry the skin.

    1920s: Benzoyl Peroxide is used

    1930s: Laxatives were used as a cure for what were known as 'chastity pimples'

    1950s: When antibiotics became available, it was discovered that they had beneficial effects on acne. They were taken orally to begin with. Much of the benefit was not from killing bacteria but from the anti-inflammatory effects of tetracycline and its relatives. Topical antibiotics became available later.

    1960s: Tretinoin (original Trade Name Retin A) was found effective for acne. This preceded the development of oral isotretinoin (sold as Accutane and Roaccutane) since the early 1980s.

    1980s: Accutane is introduced in America

    1990s: Laser treatment introduced

    2000s: Blue/red light therapy

    Some old treatments, like laxatives, have fallen into disuse but others, like spas, are recovering their popularity."""

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  • 4 years ago


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  • 4 years ago

    Right now my skin is perfectly clear, for the first time in 3 years. It's been about 9 weeks and all my acne is gone. It is such a great feeling to wake up with clear skin.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. Acne has been around forever. All acne is, is clogged pores. So if you have dirt and oil in your pores (normally caused by not cleaning your face) you will have acne or pimples. It was probably worse the further back you go into history.

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  • LodiTX
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    People have always had acne. I read a lot of old books, published around or before the time you mention and some people in some of them have acne. In English books it is referred to as being "spotty".

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