Acne is a skin condition that can happen to just about anyone at any stage in life, but primarily plague teens and young adults, especially males. Acne forms in pores that have become inflamed or clogged and can occur all over the body, but most common are the chest back and face. These lesions are more of a source of annoyance and embarrassment than an actual health threat, but there is a massive industry revolving around acne curing products, so here are some of the causes of acne and home acne treatment options for those who do not want to put chemicals all over their faces.
The main age group of people affected by acne is the range between teen and young adults. The reason for this is due to the main acne contributor of an over active oil gland which mature during puberty. Growth hormones (estrogen, testosterone, etc.) wreak havoc on this system. Also, women tend to notice an increase in acne breakouts around their monthly menstruation.
A main concern of acne sufferers revolves around what foods cause acne. The answer to that is, foods that trigger inflammation can worsen acne problems. The main contributor of this inflammation is dairy and dairy byproducts. This could be due to hormones present in the dairy itself. In a study, women who consumed more than 3 servings of milk a day were more prone to acne. This does not mean all dairy consumption is bad, it is one of the best sources of calcium, but it should be consumed in moderation.
It is also known that certain drugs such as steroids and barbiturates can increase acne problems. Reading the side effects of drugs will indicate if the medication can lead to acne outbreaks.
Things that come into contact with skin or that are left on the skin can clog and suffocate the pores. Greasy makeup, the oils of hands, or other skin on skin contact such as rubbing are main contributors of this.
Seeing how the main causes of acne are hormonal issues, a good option would be consulting with a doctor about if a hormonal suppressant is right for you.
Alternative to that, Chinese herbology has a few options available to including astragalus or calendula.
Gently washing the face with glycerin soap and maybe mixing in a drop of tea tree oil regularly can relieve the skin.
Drinking water is good overall, and will help keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
Consuming foods rich in antioxidants such as berries, garlic, etc. and foods with omega- 3 fatty acids, salmon and nuts, can reduce inflammation.
Avoid or reduce foods that cause inflammation such as dairy products and processed foods.
Read labels on medication for side effects that may worsen acne.
Limit makeup use and touching problem areas with acne. The skin needs to breathe and contact with other surfaces cause irritation.
Acne is a very common problem where the majority of adults, over 75% of the population have had issues with or struggled with acne at some point in their lifetime. It is so common that the majority of people accept it as normal and it goes unnoticed. Do not let acne stress you out. The stress caused by acne is not good for you and could perpetuate the acne problem. Know that acne is a temporary state, it comes and goes, letting go of the stress that comes with it, will save you time and money in the future.