Acne is not a problem confined to adolescence; in fact, more than sixty percent of population is troubled with blackheads and pimples well beyond teen years. If acne is your problem, cheer up. While there are no acne cures, with reliable acne treatments, including internal and external therapies, you can keep outbreaks controlled, reduce possibility of scarring, and lessen that greasy, shiny look. It’s time to feel good about yourself again.
Causes of Acne
Acne has never been completely understood, but hormonal imbalances and heredity are certainly major factors, and breakouts can be aggravated by stress and lifestyle choices. The chief catalyst seems to be overactive sebaceous glands which secrete too much sebum, lubricant helps retain moisture and then becomes too much of a good thing. The oil clogs pores of skin causing breakouts, mostly on face if it is adult acne, and on face and sometimes on back, chest, and upper arms in teen years. Oily skin, pimples, blackheads, enlarged pores, and redness are acne symptoms, and these can be exacerbated by diet, pregnancy, birth control pills, cosmetics, and humidity.
Acne is not to be confused with rosacea, another facial skin condition which usually strikes in middle years and causes blotchy red skin and small bumps, but rarely whiteheads or blackheads.
Your Diet Affects Your Skin
There is no scientific proof that certain foods, like chocolate or colas, can cause breakouts, but if something seems to act as a trigger for you, avoid whatever it is. Choose a healthy, balanced diet high in fiber and high in zinc, which means shellfish, nuts, egg yolks, and whole grains; and natural raw food rich in oxalic acid, such as almonds, cashews, and beets. The whole range of B vitamins will help keep your skin clear, and too little vitamin B2 can actually cause oily skin. B vitamins are found in wheat germ, Brewer’s yeast, organ meats, nuts, and beans. Remember that one of functions of skin is to eliminate toxins through perspiration. This means you should drink lots of water to flush out most toxins via kidneys and liver and keep your system clear. Water is also necessary to keeps your skin hydrated. A good diet encourages clear, healthy skin, and works as an anti aging treatment as well.
Supplements Can Assist with Acne Control
Food grown in nutrient-depleted soil will be lacking sufficient nutrients to optimize good health and healthy skin, and so it makes sense to add one or more supplements to your diet. Supplements are also useful if you eat a lot of processed food and occasionally feel urge to gorge yourself on fast food. The best supplement is a multivitamin suitable for your age and sex, and then you can add zinc and possibly a B vitamin complex or Brewer’s yeast to help meet your special requirements. Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid which is known to benefit skin cells, and you might find it helpful to add this supplement as well.
Acne Skin Care is Needed Daily
Any acne treatment should begin with a common sense procedure such as cleansing skin with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Avoid harsh cleansers and astringents, which make oil glands more productive. An antibacterial astringent is perfect for wiping away excess oil between cleansings. Avoid squeezing and picking which can spread inflammation and cause acne scars, and use hot compresses and then an extractor for blackhead removal if needed. Antibacterial lotions that dry skin, mild, pure soap, and a medicated cream is useful for treating oily, acne-prone skin. If you wear makeup, choose water-based acne products rather than oil-based products. Avoid anything that makes your skin feel tight and dry. If upper layer of skin has been treated so harshly that it has become dry and shrunken, flow of oil will be restricted and even more blockages and breakouts will occur.