Sunday, 26 January 2014

The myths about acne.

When it comes to acne, there is a lot of information available out there from different sources. Old wives' tales, random experiments, and even misguided practices which promise instant cures for acne are followed by many in the hopes of being acne-free. Unfortunately, some, if not all of these, are without scientific basis, and can even make your acne worse. Serious skin care for acne-prone skin starts with the right and proper information.

The myths on causes of acne:

There are a lot of myths concerning the causes and treatment for acne. Below are just some of the most popular and widely practiced acne myths:

  •      Stress

      Stress doesn't exactly cause acne, but it can make your acne worse. Scientific studies have showed that stress can affect a person's hormonal cycle, which can make the existing acne condition worse. Also, some psychiatric medicines taken to reduce stress can cause acne as a side effect.

  •     Masturbation or sex

      Sex or masturbation doesn't cause you acne. Studies done to relate sex or masturbation to acne are inconclusive with no additional evidence proving the theory. It's an old wives' tale. This acne myth became popular during the early 17th century, to discourage women from engaging in pre-marital sex or other scandalous behavior. Some misleading adults even use the fear of having acne to discourage adolescents of today from engaging in sex at an early age.

  •      Chocolates and oily food

      Although eating too much sweets, chocolates, and oily food is never good for anybody, the relationship between acne and these food groups is largely indirect. Hormonal changes, which is the most common cause of acne,  may cause a person to alternately crave for sweet and salty foods like chocolates and chips. Since this craving often coincides with acne flare ups, this food group has been misleadingly labeled as a cause of acne.

The idiotic cures for acne

Seeing as the myths on the probable causes of acne are so abundant, there are also many so-called cures that promise instant freedom from acne. These are:

  •      Frequent face washing

      Since excess oil and dirt are among the causes of acne, some people have this misguided notion that frequently washing the face can prevent and treat acne. However, this is not the case. Doing so only worsens the acne, since the skin is stripped of it's protective lipids, which can make it sensitive, dry, and prone to more irritations.

  •      Toothpaste

      Toothpaste has antiseptic properties, which can cause pimples to dry out. However, whilst applying toothpaste to your acne, it may be effective to some, it can also cause greater damage to others, especially if applied over time. Toothpaste can dry out surrounding areas and “burn” pimple spots which can also lead to discolorations.

  •      Sun exposure

      Probably one of the most idiotic acne myths to surface though, which some people swear by this. However, sun exposure can only lead to one thing: skin damage. Tans and darker skin tones only hide or camouflage your acne, but a closer look and touch will reveal your bumps and zits. This can make your acne situation worse, since sun exposure can make one's skin dry, and flaky, and discolored, and also extra-sensitive.

Eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough rest, and following a skin care regimen specific to your skin type are essential for a serious skin care of acne-prone skin. Medications and treatments prescribed by a dermatologist can also help you greatly.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Natural Approaches Treating your Acne

Almost everyone has suffered from acne at some point in his/her life. It' primarily a disorder of the sebaceous gland (glands in the skin, that secrete an oily substance) of the face, the neck and back. When the sebaceous glands become clogged with this oily substance it creates the pimples. There are several forms of acne, but the most common form of acne is acne vulgaris, found primarily in adolescents (teenagers primarily). The exact cause of acne is not entirely established, but factors that contribute to this condition include heredity, oily skin, and androgens.

Additional factors include allergies, stress, the use of certain drugs, nutritional deficiencies, liver dysfunction, exposure to industrial pollutants, cosmetics and the monthly menstrual cycle. In addition, the skin functions to get rid of a portion of the body's toxic waste, by sweating it out. If the body contains more toxins than the kidneys or liver can discharge effectively, the skin will take over. In fact, some doctors call the skin the 3rd kidney. As toxins escape through the skin, it disrupts the health and integrity of the skin, creating issues. (such as acne.)

  Recommendations for Wellness Note: Some of these recommendations may take 2-4 weeks before any results or improvements are experienced.

  •  Apply distilled white vinegar (can be diluted if too strong) to the face and affected areas. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

  •   Lemon or any citric fruit works great as a natural exfoliate, removing dead skin cells that may clog the pours.

  •  As with the white vinegar, apply the juice of a lemon (or desired citric juice) to the face. Allow it to dry for about 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. You may feel a mild sting or burn when the lemon juice is applied. If so, diluting the juice is acceptable.

  •  Increase water consumption. Water helps flush toxin out and help transport nutrients in the body. Eat a properly balanced diet to ensure proper nutrition.

  • Take a high quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement to make up for nutrients missing in today's foods.

  •  Echinacea or Oregon grape can be used to boost the immune system and fight acne-causing bacteria.

  •  Dandelion, Burdock or red clover can help to keep the liver clear of toxic overload. 

  •  Herbal combinations such as Natures Sunshine’s Ayurvedic Skin Detox, and BP-X can also be used to cleanse and detoxify the liver and reduce acne. 

  •  Large quantities of vitamin A have been successfully used to treat severe acne. Large amounts of Vitamin A, however, can be toxic and should only be used when working with your health care provider. 

  •  Consider adding additional zinc to your diet. Zinc aids in the healing of tissues and assists in preventing scarring. It is also important for the body in resisting infection and inflammation. 

  •  To clear and heal your skin, try a homeopathic Acne remedy. It can help to dry up pimples & prevent future outbreaks. 
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Monday, 13 January 2014

Acne advice.

Acne prevention and treatment is a long-term process, which means you'll need to make certain things a part of your normal every day routine for the best results.

Many products are available on the market for acne treatment, and there is no reason not to research which one is going to work best for you. Regardless of the cause, there is going to be an acne treatment available for you; you will just have to decide which is the best one for you.

Most acne treatments and skin care products claim they can cure acne, and each brand claims to be better than the other. Instead of you having to dig deeper into your pocket for various types of expensive acne treatment remedies, you should initially attempt to fight the acne naturally by avoiding clogging up your pores.

One of the problems could be that people aren't aware of natural acne treatments. I found that when acne broke out on my face and body, the most effective method at the time was to gently, and I repeat - gently - wash the acne area twice a daily with warm water and soap.

I tried being proactive in my acne treatment. But when that didn't work, I had to visit my doctor as a last resort, whom prescribed me some acne treatments, many of which had some degree of success.

It is physically difficult to cleanse your back when you have acne on your back; treatment of back acne needs special care as it gets noticed mostly in acute stages. Just as acne from anywhere else on your body, the right treatment for your back acne is not easy to find.

Even with prescriptions treatments, it takes time for them to take effect.

Zinc showns remarkable results in clearing your acne, but you have to take it for a couple of months everyday.  There is another drug that can also be taken called Acutance, but in order to get this, you have to be refered to a dermatologist by your G.P. Acutant is one of the most potent conventional acne remedies that's ever been developed, it virtually eliminates the problem altogether, by blocking the sebaceous glands. Bergamot oil is another one of many acne remedies, that has been around for a long time.

Once you have got rid of the acne, more often than not, the acne will leave scarring. But this can also be treated.

Laser acne treatments are being used as a way to treat acne scars these days, when performed by licensed doctors, the laser treatment helps in the complete obliteration of scars that result from severe acne. With so many commercial anti-acne medications to choose from, how do you know which medications are the best acne treatments. Just keep in mind though, that even if you have tried several different acne treatments and they didn't work, there will be an alternative to try for your acne.

Today, there are more skin care tips than there ever have been, and there is also hundreds of products on the market, that may be either over-the-counter topical acne treatments, or prescribed acne medications from your G.P.

Herbs have also been used to treat acne, and blemishes, wounds, dysentery, and diarrhoea. Rest assured, scientists are constantly looking at new non-invasive ways to treat acne.

It is also advisable to go for the natural acne treatments, as opposed to the chemical treatments, because the chemical treatments are more likely to leave scarring. The Natural treatments are really effective on your body and they have no side effects.

Antioxidants, like Vitamin C, E and Alpha Lipoic Acid are very helpful in clearing acne, Along with acne clearing masks.

If you don't see any improvement using natural acne products, try another popular acne remedy, such as Proactive, which is probably the most common acne treatment worldwide. I have used that myself, and it smells so good. Well, I like it anyway, it smells fresh and clean. Another great weapon against acne breakouts is the "Acne Free in 3 Days" Product, which has been proven to cure most cases of acne within a small 3 day period.

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