As you probably know acne is a skin condition that affects millions of people around the world, especially teenagers. It is commonly known as pimples and mostly affects the face but is sometimes seen in other parts of the body including the back. The medical term for acne is actually Acne Vulgaris and mostly it occurs during puberty (also seen in adults and the older people as well). Acne is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts.
Medically, it occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Unfortunately, it comes together with severe emotional and psychological effects on the person it appears on. This is mainly because it changes the appearance of the person (when it occurs on the face) which could reduce someone’s self-esteem.
Although acne is not that life-threatening, it causes a lot of stress and pain to anyone who has it, especially in the times when you have a huge acne breakout, the most annoying is when it appears on your face, including nose and lips as then anyone can notice it.
Simple Tips How to Get Rid of Your Acne Naturally
There are a thousand and one natural ways of curing acne revealed in plenty of sources and as so many people are suffering from acne then there is not a wonder that they are looking to find some miracle method which finally would work. We will share with you few very interesting methods that you could use to fight your acne and maybe one of these methods will make miracles with your skin, some of the methods discussed are lifestyle changes based and some of them diet based methods.
Tip #1 – Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise can help you to prevent acne. During exercise, there is an increase in blood flow to all parts of the body including the skin thereby providing more oxygen to the skin. Also, we sweat moderately during exercise and this helps to clear skin pores. It is advised that you take your bath immediately after exercise so you will feel refreshed and also will flush out all germs that have been cleared by the moderate sweats.
Tip #2 – Have a Good Night Sleep
You might be asking, “how on earth does sleeping help in treating or preventing acne?” The answer is that researchers have shown that a good night sleep can actually help to change a complexion and also in building your immune system. Sleep also helps to reduce the stress due to a day’s events and that all together helps in the process of preventing and curing acne. It is advised to have at least 8 hours of sleep to make your skin feel better.
Tip #3 – Change Your Dressing Style
It might sound interesting but the type of dress we wear can cause acne on different parts of our body. Wearing tight fabrics cause pressure on the skin and this can cause inflammation of the skin. Even if your work demands you wear tight fabrics, do well to remove them when not working in order to save your skin from acne. Wearing loose fitting clothes whenever possible can also help to prevent acne.
Tip #4 – Avoid Hot Environments
Avoiding hot environments and stuffy areas can help to prevent acne because it prevents the clogging of skin pores. Besides, even a hot weather can cause acne breakout so not always you can escape from it.
Tip #5 – Use Water Therapy
Water helps in flushing out toxins from the blood which gets out of the body through urine and sweat. When this happens, pimples do not occur and also, scars are easier removed. Drinking of about 2 to 3 liters of water daily could help you int he process of removing acne scars.
Tip #6 – Apply Lemon Juice On Acne Scars
Lemons as we all know bleach the skin. If applied daily on the spots of acne scars, they can help lighten the acne scars. This can be done by applying the juice directly to affected areas and leaving it for about 20 minutes. Wash off at the end of the 20 minutes. Try for a couple of days and see the acne scars gradually fade away.
Tip #7 – Use Baking Soda For Treating Your Acne Scars
Baking soda has this ability to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, in order to improve the appearance. To use this, just make a paste with baking soda by mixing with water and then, apply on the affected areas. With repeated application for about 4 days, the scars will gradually fade away and you’ll see your skin fresh.
Tip #8 – Follow Diets That Help To Prevent Acne Breakouts
Simply put, some nutrients and minerals contained in the food we eat help prevent acne from appearing on any part of our body. Some of these nutrients and minerals include:
- Vitamin A has been identified to help reduce sebum production. For some people who don’t know where this vitamin can be found, they are found in fish oils, liver, carrots, yams, apricots, kale, spinach, etc. It is also important to note that excess consumption of this vitamin could be toxic, and therefore, moderate intake is advisable.
- Vitamin B-2 helps to reduce stress and therefore, taking foods that contain this vitamin in moderate quantity can help prevent and cure acne naturally. Some foods that contain this vitamin include fish, whole grains, meat, egg and some leafy vegetables.
- Vitamin E is a powerful and efficient antioxidant and can help you to prevent or cure acne. This vitamin can be found in wheat germ, almonds, peanuts, vegetable oils, etc. There are plenty of success stories shared by people who have found Vitamin E as their acne cure number one.
- Zinc helps to boost the immune system of your body and thereby preventing the growth of acne bacteria on any part of the body. They are found in nuts, mushrooms, whole grains, eggs, etc. It has also been observed that zinc helps to stop the effects of androgenic hormones on the skin.
- Vitamin B-6 helps prevent acne caused by mensuration and reduces the effects of testosterone. You have to keep in mind that your body needs an intake of Vitamin B-6 everyday but not in large amounts. You can find it in beef liver, fish, potatoes and also in banana, avocado, and spinach.
- Chromium helps to diminish skin infections. This can be gotten through the intake of chromium polynicotinate.
From the aforementioned nutrients, it could be concluded that healthy diet that contains all the six classes of food in good proportion can help you prevent and cure acne.
Tip #9 – Apply Fruits Rich With Alpha Hydroxy Acid
This acid occurs naturally in fruits of the citrus family like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. Pineapples also are rich with alpha hydroxy acid. When applied, it helps to remove dead skin cells thereby also helping to remove acne scars present. Apply moderately to avoid increasing your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, redness of skin or irritation.
Tip #10 – Apply Salt and Vinegar Paste On Acne Affected Areas
Making a paste of salt and vinegar and applying them directly on the acne and leaving for about 25 to 30 minutes can help you cure acne. It is preferable to apply it at night when you are not going to be tempted to wash it off.
Tip #11 – Apply Tomatoes On Your Pimples
The application of ripe tomato pulps on your pimples for about an hour can help you treat acne. They are full of antioxidants and vitamins so your skin would gain plenty from this vegetable. You should not use cherry tomatoes for acne treatment purpose.
Tip #12 – Use Juice of Papaya Fruit
Applying the juice of papaya fruit on the pimple can also help to cure a pimple, especially those which occur on the face. Besides, it is used as a natural treatment of acne already for centuries.
Tip #13 – Apply Garlic On Acne Affected Areas
Apply garlic on and around acne affected areas and it can successfully help you to cure your pimples. No matter that there are people saying that garlic has helped to remove pimples overnight we suggest you to be careful with this method because garlic is very strong and if applied too often can give your skin even a burn.
It should be noted that the results gotten from the aforementioned natural ways of preventing and curing acne are not immediate as some of them take up to about 4 to 5 weeks before they are felt. Diligence is the key word here. It should also be noted that some of the mentioned ways do not work on certain parts of the body and also depends on your skin type. You are advised to try them all out and then you will easily figure out what works the best for your skin.
The Final Points About Acne – What Actually Can Cause You Acne?
We already revealed ways how you can get rid of acne and reduce acne scars so, at the end, we wanted to remind you factors that actually could be responsible for your acne breakouts. Those possibly are even more important as can help you to prevent acne from repeated appearance.
As you probably know, hormones have been identified by experts to cause acne. The increase in androgens during puberty can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum which is oil, and then, the sebum mixes with dead skin cells and block the skin pores. Inside the blocked pores, bacteria grow and cause spots and swelling on the affected part of the body.
It has also been observed that during mensuration, acne is formed because of the hormones secreted in excess during the process.
Some researchers have shown that acne is hereditary. It is observed that it is polygenic and chances are that if someone’s parents or relatives have acne, he or she might also have inherited it from them.
Stress can lead to aggravated cases of acne because when someone is anxious, his or her skin to produce oil in excess which escalates acne. A research conducted in the United States of America on college students showed that they had so many acne on their face during and immediately after exams which is the period that they are under stress the most. This is because, when you get stressed, your adrenal glands begins work and floods the bloodstream with cortisol hormone which triggers the sweat glands to produce more oil. This oil produced in excess then mixes with dead skin cells and clog the pores and this results in the growth of bacteria on so unwanted spots.
Starch and other foods containing sugar have been observed to cause acne, so limiting their intake is a sure way to prevent acne. Also, dairy foods and foods that contain oil also contribute to the growth of acne. If possible, avoid processed foods because they contain chemicals and oil used in its preparation which can actually cause acne. Chocolate (contains high sugar and fat) has also been identified as a cause of acne.
Certain Fabrics That You Wear
Clothes with tight collars, backpacks, and hats can cause acne on the parts of the body that we wear them on. This is because the constant pressure on the skin can lead to irritations that trigger acne breakout. As discussed earlier, acne doesn’t only occur on the face, it might occur on any part of the body and to anyone. So, be very careful of the type of fabric you put on to prevent acne on your body.
Pregnancy and Birth Control Pills
During pregnancy, women experience several hormonal changes and so many other changes as well. Skin irritation or scratching of any sort: Skin irritation and scratching of any sort could lead to skin inflammation which in turn leads to acne. Also, harsh scrubbing of the face while washing it could cause the outbreak of acne, and therefore, it is advised to gently and mildly scrub your face to prevent this.
Any medication that contains halogens, lithium, barbiturates and androgens can cause severe and long-lasting acne. Also, the use of oily creams can cause the breakout of acnes and so avoiding oily creams will help prevent it.