Simple ways to deal with acne from the inside out
Acne is not just a problem for teens – even adults, particularly up to the age of forty can suffer from this skin problem. There are many different reasons behind the onset of acne. A combination of changing hormonal levels and oily skin, along with stress, genetics, the use of birth control pills, pregnancy, irritants in makeup, some types of medication, a fatty diet and allergies can all be blamed on this problem.
What is acne exactly? Acne is spots on the skin – including pimples, inflammation, papules, pustules, nodules, black heads, white heads and blemishes. It usually appears on one’s face, neck, back and chest.
While the exact reasons for acne can be varied and are hard to pin down, the process that leads to formation of acne on the skin has been uncovered by medical science.
An excess of sebum production inside one’s skin, and it’s flow to the surface of the skin causes acne. It is caused (typically) at the onset of puberty, when androgens (these are male sex hormones that are also present in females) increase in amount inside the body. This increases the size and activity of the sebaceous glands underneath the skin – causing an excess of sebum production. Sebum is an oily or waxy substance in consistency, and helps retain moisture inside the skin by spreading over the skin’s surface in a very thin layer. However, with increased sebaceous gland production, the excess sebum causes pore blockage. When hair follicles and skin cells are also present in the area, the pore blockage can take the shape of any number of forms of acne due to bacterial infection, because bacteria thrive in a high-sebum environment. Acne is formed because bacterial infections often lead to inflammation and the production of pus – both ingredients for pimple formation.
Nowadays, there are many topical treatments for acne available readily, in addition to oral medications. It has generally been seen that natural products, with ‘cleansing’ agents help to keep acne under control, and taking vitamins may help in keeping bacteria formation at bay. Also, a balanced pH helps in discouraging bacteria growth. To achieve the results mentioned, a number of treatments are available.
These include topical treatments like tea tree oil cleansers, which include antioxidants that keep bacteria at bay, moisture balancing cleansers that help control the amount of oil on the skin and also maintain a healthy pH balance, and chamomile cleansers that do the same. Oral remedies include zinc supplements that promote healthy skin and remove minor skin disorders like dermatitis. There are also a great range of products that work on acne from the inside out, like the popular “Acne No More” from Totally Natural Products. This is a proven method of preventing acne that is based on a bioactive protein called Praventin as well as a potent combination of silica, vitamin C and zinc.
Acne appears to be a very troubling condition for those suffering from it – particularly teenagers. Many studies have been conducted which show that acne proves quite detrimental to self image, and results in frustration and embarrassment for many teenagers. With help from simple medication, like those provided by Vitamin Warehouse, everyone can work to keep their acne condition under control.