*THE ACNE PROBLEM* SKIN ISSUES!
The acne problem!
A lot of teens and even adults suffer from acne and pimples. So let's clear up as to what acne really is. Alright! Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is commonly classified by severity as mild, moderate, or severe. Most pimples form on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is common in teenagers and young adults. Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly. Here's the thing a high sugar load increases blood levels of the hormone insulin, which triggers androgens, growth hormones, and cell-signaling pathways, resulting in low-grade inflammation, more oil secretion, clogged pores, and acne flares. Hormone changes, such as those during the teenage years and pregnancy, probably play a role. The skin of men on a low-glycemic diet had less inflammation, and their oil glands shrank. There are many myths about what causes acne. We will clear that up when we move along in the article.
Well I have to say, I for one suffer from acne myself but then again I try to take control of it. Today I will tell you guys some of the stuff you can do in order to make this problem easier.
So let's get started. The first thing you need to know is that you have to change your diet..Think about it. If you are eating too much greasy food, too much fast food, or even not enough veggies you are more likely to get acne. Throughout many years and early adulthood of my life, I read in various places and heard from people that chocolate and sugar were bad for acne, although I love chocolate as most people do, I couldn't really avoid it but I wouldn't eat it every single day and every single minute either. In addition to your great diet, you might be under a lot of stress and that is also a likely part of the problem with your skin. Your self esteem goes up and down with your breakouts. But it's said that it's important to understand more about how the foods we eat influence the risk or severity of acne, especially since it's a condition affecting more than 17 million Americans.
Menstrual Cycles & Acne
Menstrual acne, a flare-up of blemishes every month that coincides with menstruation. In the first half of a woman’s menstrual cycle, the predominant hormone is estrogen in the second half, the main hormone is progesterone. Then the levels of both hormones fall to their lowest levels of the month as bleeding approaches. First of all the mid-cycle progesterone rise stimulates the production of sebum. Sebum is a thick, oily substance that acts as a natural skin lubricant. Then as levels of progesterone increase, skin swells and pores are compressed shut. So here's the thing the oil provides food for the bacterium P. acnes. This bacterium causes increased breakouts and inflammation around the time of women's periods. Unfortunately it kind of sucks that you can’t change the relationship between acne and hormones. But there are some things you can do to make those breakouts less severe which of course one that we mentioned was a good diet.
Here are some steps to follow wether you are a male or female:
- Do NOT touch your face
- Don't stick your phone too close to your face either - due to the bacteria that sits on the screen
- DO NOT SMOKE OR DRINK
- Do laundry on a regular basis
- Change your pillow case
- Watch what you put on your hair
- DO NOT POP THE PIMPLE! <--- The most important of them all
- Moisturize <--- if you have oily skin use Oil free
- Drink water
- Daily exercise
What is Acne!
Food for those stubborn pimples!
Here's a entire list of what is good for you:
- Fish : great source of essential fatty acids like omega-3
- Nuts : contain selenium, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron
- Avocado : tasty green fruit, rich in vitamin E and also Vitamin C
- Red Grapes : The fruit and seed contain powerful natural chemicals and antioxidants that have been shown to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
- Fennel : improve digestion, reduce swelling and help to flush out excess fluids and toxins in your skin
- Brown Rice : rich source of vitamin B, protein, magnesium, and several antioxidants
- Garlic : superfood that helps fight inflammation. Kills off many harmful bacteria and viruses your body might be fighting.
- Blueberries : Has the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, and it is loaded with Vitamin E
- Apples : apples are a good source of bioflavonoids and vitamins which help maintain skin health.
- Green Tea : green tea may also be helpful for treating acne and other skin conditions.
- Cilantro : contains fair amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin E and are thought to help control blood sugar and to fight free radicals and also those nasty acne scars.
Skin with acne and without acne
Dr. Mehmet Oz - ACNE
The acne face
There are certain acne medications such as Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid that help with the prevention of breakouts, scaring or even those nasty pimples. Salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions, while on the other had Benzoyl Peroxide is a very powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne lesions (blackheads, whiteheads, and big red pimples). It is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth. That is why I STRONGLY recommend that before you buy any face product that has Benzoyl Peroxide in it please be sure that you do not have sever allergies to it because you will break out really badly. (Talking from experience). I would do an arm test if you do happen to get a face wash that contains Benzoyl Peroxide in it. From my own experience I have found out of course that I can't use anything containing any traces of Benzoyl Peroxide and the other thing is that my face wash all have Salicylic Acid and that's no more than 2%...those always work great for me!! I have actually linked the product which I use below! BE SURE TO USE IT :D
Overall if you have acne or suffer from it, make sure that you get in the habit of changing your diet, and taking care of your hygiene. If you do get severe allergies to Benzoyl Peroxide make sure that you see your MD or a Dermatologist ASAP!
Thanks as always! M