How To Get Rid Of Acne
Do you want to know fastest way to get rid of acne?
In order to treat acne and clear away pimples, we must first know what actually causes it, so that it can be successfully prevented.
Three factors contribute to the formation of acne:
* Overproduction of sebum
* Build up of dead skin cells
* Bacteria accumulating on the skin
Acne occurs when oil and dead skin cells block your hair follicles. Each follicle is connected to sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum. Sebum is the waxy layer of grease on the surface of your skin. When your body produces an excess amount of sebum and dead cells, the two can accumulate in the hair follicle and solidify causing acne. To make matters worse, bacteria that feed on the sebum multiply which causes inflammation, aggravating your zits.
What Triggers An Outbreak of Acne?
The triggers of acne are mainly due to an imbalance of hormones, which is why many of us get acne during puberty. Stress is also known to aggravate the skin because it increases levels of certain hormones such as cortisol. These hormones then increase the amount of sebum our skin produces which then causes acne.
There’s no scientific basis to the idea that diet or particular foods make acne worse (for example, chocolate, fatty or fried foods), although some people have allergies to certain types of food which can aggravate acne. A study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health found a link between dairy consumption and acne, therefore it may be helpful to limit your intake of milk. However it was believed that the hormones used in milk production were what affected the participant’s acne and that it was not the milk itself.
Common triggers for acne include:
* Exams, new relationships and other forms of stress
* The time just before a period starts
* Certain cosmetics and medicines
To reduce stress you should exercise 3 times a week (also sweat clears your pores) and ensure you take part in an activity that relives stress and makes you happy, such as watching TV, listening to music or socialising.
The Link Between Acne And Bacteria
Propionibacterium acnes, or p acne bacterium, is the bacteria that is known to cause acne; it is one of the many types bacteria that everyone naturally has on their skin, regardless whether the person has ever suffered from acne.
So why do some people suffer from pimples while others don’t?
It all depends on the environment that the bacteria in living in – in this case, the skin. Acne bacteria live by feeding on the secretions of our sweat and sebaceous glands, sounds grim but surprisingly this bacteria helps protect the body against infection. P.acne bacterium only causes a problem when the production of sebum is excessive, which as we know is caused by hormonal imbalances.
This overproduction of sebum causes the acne bacteria to multiply in pores and hair follicles by feeding themselves on the sebum. As part of this feeding process, the acne bacteria produces fatty acids that irritate the skin – this causes inflammation due to the body sending white and red blood cells to defend the area from the bacteria. The inflammation results in the familiar symptoms of acne: pimples, swelling, red areas and pus.
Therefore the only way to stop acne permanently is to optimize the environment of the p.acne bacterium by balancing oil secretion and controling the nutritional, hormonal, and environmental triggers.
How To Prevent Acne
The simplest way to get rid of acne is to prevent any occurring in the first place. This means our main goal is to reduce the amount of sebum produced.
Keep your pores clear by exfoliating regularly, followed by a product which will help peel away blackheads. Look for medicated products containing resorcinol, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
I recommend using a face scrub with ‘micro-beads’ two or three times a week and use a special face wash for blemish prone skin every day, but ensure you COMPLETELY wash all of the residue off! The best time to wash your face is when you wake up and before you go to sleep.
Adding vitamin A to your diet with cod liver oil or in supplement form can reduce your acne – this is because Vitamin A controls sebaceous gland activity. Take 10,000 IU of vitamin A twice a day; for optimum results take 400 IU of vitamin E once a day as well – this is because vitamin E aids in the uptake of vitamin A, so more vitamin A will be absorbed by the body.
Studies have shown that participants who had a diet supplemented with a natural substance called Glabridin experienced a reduction in the amount of acne they suffered from. This supplement acts as an anti-androgen which means it reduces the effect hormones have on the sebaceous glands. Glabridin is a supplement derived from licorice and can be found in most larger health stores or online.
The use of sunlight as a cure for acne is still being debated. Some experts believe that it is benifical as it encourages peeling which clears blocked pores, however others say that there is a link between sun exposure and rates of acne; this may be due to skin damage and a thicker later of skin forming which can block sebacous glands. My advice would be to test it for yourself and see if sunlight in moderation helps or aggravates your acne.
Avoiding popping your pimples as this can leave scars on the skin and can cause the area to become infected.
Soap: An Enemy Against Acne?
Contrary to popular belief, soap is detrimental to your goal in curing your acne. Why is this? Soaps are made up of fats and oils that act in a similar way to sebum – they soak into the skin and affect the environment of p.acne bacterium causing zits. Soaps can be used in the shower or bath but not on areas that are prone to acne. This is is a similar case for moisturisers, if you have naturally oily skin then moisturisers will aggravate your acne.
Many historians agree that before the 1900’s there were no records of skin conditions such as acne. This means that acne is a relatively new problem which must be as a result of our modern lifestyles.
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