Acne is basically a skin problem that may have combination signs of black heads, greasy skin, pimples, swelling or even acne scars. It normally affect teenagers between 15-25 years old but sometimes could also impact older adults.
HOW DOES ACNE STARTS
It all starts from the increased sebum production from the glands in the hair follicles. Then, the sebum get mixed with the dead skin cells and react to the “comedones” near the pores opening. It is when the forming of black or white heads – depends on the color of the comedones.
When the blocked hair follicle get filled with sebum and became swollen, it may get infected by germs and forming a pimple. Depends on the severity of the pimples, it may get burst and spread it’s content to the surrounding facial area, damaging skin tissues and leaving the ugly scars behind.
THE CAUSES OF ACNE
There are many reasons that trigger acne production among the youths, one of the most common contributors is the increase of sebum production due to increased of hormone. Testosterone – male hormone is the main culprit. Girls in their adolescence, tends to produce lots of such hormone.
Unhealthy diet behavior that contains high sugar and junk food is another major contributors that could aggravate the acne. So do lack of vitamin or minerals. Health problems such as poor digestion or lazy colon could worsen the situation as toxic cannot be flushed out from the body.
Lastly, good hygiene habit play a part in managing and controlling acne outbreak. Good skincare routine of facial cleansing, moisturizing and sun blocking with the natural and fragrance free skincare products help. Other good habit include cleaning your mobile phone screen, facial tower, pillow case and etc.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID OR TO TREAT ACNE
For severe acne cases, you might want to consult dermatologist for medical treatment. However, most of the people are only having mild acne and here are few things you can do on your own in treating them:
1. Follow these diet guidelines
- Do not take consume overly large amount of fat
- Prefer natural oils such as olive oil is ideal, sunflower oil, walnut oil, sunflower oil and soy oil.
- Eat meats from animals without legs or less legs such as fish (eg. 2 legs is better than 4 legs)
- Consume food with a high fiber to help in digestion such as veggies, cereals, fruits or corns.
2. Here are few things to avoid
- Avoid cosmetic with heavy chemicals or oil that is hard to wash away and clog your pores
- Avoid using antiperspirants
- Avoid using strong soap or cleansers that may dry out your skin
- Avoid using anabolic steroids or other hormone supplements
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting sport bra or apparels that may suffocate your skin
3. Usage of gels and creams to treat acne and protect your skin
After washing, you must apply treatment gel, lotion or cream onto the affected area:
- To protect your skin from extreme hot, cold or over-exposed environment
- To soothe and minimize inflammation
- To kill and eliminate the bacteria that may cause infection
- To stimulate skin healing and regeneration
- To isolate your skin inner layer from cosmetic or makeup
Natural plant oils such as rose hip oil, tea tree oil, lavender and olive oil are good recommendations that can help to protect your skin and dissolve the comedones causing acne. As for minimizing swelling and promote healing, try product containing Aloe vera extract, Grapefruit seed extract or Vitamin E or A.
4. Oral supplements to eliminate the acne and nurture the skin
On top of the external treatment, supplements for acne can be taken orally to help in acne controlling and healing. By combining external application and internal consumption, one can achieve the result faster and more effectively.
- To make the sebum more fluid so it drains out more quickly
- To promote cleansing procedures in your skin
- To stimulate your skin to regenerate and recover
- To provide your skin structure the essential nutrients essential to heal itself
Active ingredients that are typically added to these supplements to promote cleansing and healing in the skin are: Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2… Bioflanoids, Copper, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc. On top of that, nutrients found in evening promise oil and wheat germ oil can help in skin reconstruction.