ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Acne-Practical Management

Updated on November 27, 2007

Acne is a complex skin condition. Generally, there is no one treatment that is right for every person. There are some accepted practices that have been found helpful for many however. For some, these are all they need to keep a clear complexion. Others may need medical intervention.

Diet Does Matter

It has been debated, but studies have now been coming down on the side of diet influencing acne.

A diet high in refined carbohydrates, sugars, caffeine, --pretty much anything that is considered unhealthy-will be bad for your skin also.

What is good for your skin? Well, the simple answer is a well balanced diet. But to get more in depth, a low glycemic index diet has been found to be especially good for adolescent acne problems.

It has to do with hormones and insulin loads. I will include a link at the end of this article to read more about it.

The optimum diet for acne prevention would also include generous amounts of olive oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower seeds, salmon, albacore tuna, and pumpkin seeds. These are rich in essential fatty acids and omega oils. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc, which is known to have a beneficial effect on acne.

Omega oils have an anti-inflammatory effect on not just the skin, but on your system in general-including your arteries. This is wonderful for acne, because inflammation is the enemy. Anything you can do to calm the skin you should. Include omega rich oils and foods whenever possible. Replace that butter slab with olive oil or an olive oil spread.

Also, instead of refined grains, go with whole grains. When you get used to whole grain bread, white bread tastes....well...tasteless. Get rid of candies and junk food, and replace them with fruits. Within a week or two, your body will be feeling the difference, and most people's skin will be beginning to clear.

Topical Treatment

Topical treatments are another consideration. The over the counter stand by has been benzoyl peroxide. It does work quite well for many, but it does have some draw backs. It can be extremely drying for some, and it can cause some bleaching of the skin ( and not just the skin-your clothing..sheets..etc). It works by having that drying action, but also by having an anti microbial action.

Salicylic acid is a great ingredient. It is an exfoliant that has the property of being able to penetrate the pores and break up the keratin build up that is clogging them. It is the most penetrating of the hydroxy acids and does the best job of clearing the skin and keeping it clear.

Tea Tree or Manuka Oils are essential oils that work as anti bacterial and anti microbial agents. Studies have been finding that they are as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. I am a firm believer in manuka oil. I find it not only anti bacterial, but also calming to the inflammation.

There are certainly more topical treatments, and if you see your dermatologist he/she can prescribe oral or topical therapies. Retin-A, Tetracycline, Minocycline, Clindamycin, etc. Cystic or severe acne should never be treated at home. Let your dermatologist treat these conditions. These are complex and sometimes home treatment can delay treatment or aggravate the condition....both of which can end up doing you potential permanent harm. Let the pro's care for severe cases.

For everything else, do your research, and treat yourself with care!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)