Why treat acne?
Myths about acne are as common as the skin problem. One common myth is that you have to let acne run its course.
Dermatologists know that letting acne runs its course is not always the best advice.
- Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears.
- Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem.
- Many effective treatments are available.
More women getting acne
Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Dermatologists are not sure why this is happening. But dermatologists understand that adult acne can be particularly frustrating.
1. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
Many natural foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals, some of the best acne fighters around. For example: green, leafy vegetables and orange or yellow-colored fruits are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A prevents overproduction of sebum. Oranges, strawberries, broccoli, and lemon juice are some vitamin C–rich foods that are also great acne treatments. Eating these types of foods fortifies the body’s defense system against acne-causing microbes and aids faster healing of acne. Furthermore, vitamin C helps your body restore its source of vitamin E, which is essential in revitalizing the skin and repairing damaged skin. Also lowering your glycemic intake may help fight acne.
2. H2O—Drink lots of water.
Make sure you get the recommended eight to ten glasses of water a day. Drinking lots of water not only replenishes the body’s water supply, but also flushes out toxins from the body that may cause acne.
Stress, worry, and pressure can disrupt your body’s natural balance and lead to health problems such as acne. Avoid acne and skin problems by relaxing yourself. Getting a massage, going to the spa, taking a long bath, getting enough sleep, or simply managing your time and schedule better are considered acne treatments because they reduce acne-inducing stress.
4. Clean your gut.
Detoxing can improve acne tremendously. Be sure to us a probiotic whenever you undertake any type of physical detoxification program. 5. Azelaic acid. This has been shown to be a natural acne treatment comparable to benzoil peroxide and other acne products. Azelaic acid is derived from wheat, barley, and rye. Its antimicrobial action slows the growth of skin bacteria and appears to reduce skin redness, papules, and pustules. In addition, tea tree oil is a great bacterial fighter, comparable to a 5-percent benzoyl peroxide. Oils such as neem and neroli also are beneficial for oily skin.
5. Proper cleansing.
Clean your face at least twice a day but not more than three times to avoid overcleansing. You may also want to incorporate exfoliating here—but don’t overdue it, one to two times a week is enough.
1/2 lemon (squeezed) 1 egg white 1 tsp aloe vera gel Beat egg white (tightens skin), lemon (astringent) juice and aloe vera gel (calms inflammation) together. Apply directly to face (avoid your eyes) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water.
If your skin is feeling a bit dry after the mask, make a cup of chamomile tea (cold) and saturate a cotton ball into the tea- dab onto face. Finish off with a hydrating serum and moisturizer.
Makeup for Acne/Problematic Skin
After the moisturizer (allow to dry first), use a primer. This will even out skin tone and allow pores and fine lines to look smoother. Try “Smooth as Silk” primer by Alchemist Apprentice (alchemistsapprentice.com), with some ingredients like soothing aloe vera gel, green tea extract, tea tree oil, and serecite (gives a matte finish).
Use a foundation without chemicals, parabens, fragrance, alcohol, talc, chemical dyes, and bismuth oxychloride (gives that shiny look and is irritating to skin). Try all-natural products like some of my favorites: Alima (alima.com), Alchemist Apprentice color cosmetics, Afterglow (gluten-free and organic – afterglowcosmetics.com), 100% Pure (100percentpure.com), Suki (suki.com), Monave (great color selection for women of color – monave.com), MIEesence (mionegroup.com), and Jane Iredale (janeiredale.com).
Remember to not just look at what you put on your skin but what you put inside your body and what you do to your body. A few changes does the body and skin good; prayer, healthy eating, exercise, sleep, and loving life (loving others) are your best lines of defense.
Summary Of acne Dos
Do look for cleansers with either alpha hydroxy acids (lactic or glycolic) or beta hydroxy acids (salicyclic), or even better, a combination of the two. Check the bottle for those ingredients before you buy it.
Do use mineral makeup, preferably a powder. Powder mineral makeup is completely inert, meaning the makeup can’t support bacteria growth.
Do treat body acne. Use an antibacterial soap or a benzoyl peroxide wash on your back and other areas of your body where you have acne.
Do see a dermatologist if your skin doesn’t respond to over the counter products. Some forms of acne are harder to kick and require stronger medications. A dermatologist can prescript stronger topical and/or oral prescription-strength acne meds such as Retin–A or Accutane designed to treat more severe acne.
Do wait 20 to 30 minutes after washing your face to apply acne creams. That will make your skin feel less sensitive to stronger creams like Retin–A.
Do apply topical acne medications to the entire problem area, not just the zits you have now. The idea is to stop new zits from forming.