Home Remedies for Acne
I waited to grow past teen-age years to get rid of acne. I learned it was caused by hormonal imbalances natural at that age.
But surprise! (not quite) - acne didn't dissapear as I grew older.
Year after year I waited and looked at myself in the mirror to see how I become a man :) Still the acne seemed to thrive in spite of me growing a beard.
I looked deeper into the matter and I found out many natural home remedies for acne. Most of them are suposed to help heal the skin from the damage caused by acne, but they won't cure the acne itself.
But I didn't give up. One theory that made sense to me is that you need to treat the internal problem causing acne. That is - hormonal imbalances, toxines etc..
How can you do that? - Primarily you must help the liver, the pancreas and the kidney.
It's that easy :). Well, this means to cleanse the digestive system, maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, avoid harsh chemicals and stay positive and keep smiling (stress is considered to cause acne).
To understand how acne occurs we must remember a few things about skin. The skin consists of two layers: an outer layer - epidermis and an inner layer called the dermis.
Dermis contains blood vessels and elastic fibers that give the skin the elasticity we are used to.Epidermis contains in turn a protein, called keratin, which helps to protect the skin.
Hair exists all over the skin surface except the skin on the palms and soles of your feet. Each hair follicle has a root and more fat glands called sebaceous glands. Usualy, sebum, the oily substance created by the sebaceous glands climb out on the skin. Its role is to lubricate and protect the skin and the hair.
In acne, sebum comes to be blocked by certain cells in the follicle which are at the surface, and a skin bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) starts to multiply out of control inside the blocked pores. Thus, surrounding tissue becomes inflamed, still collecting sebum and / or pus, forming what we call acne.
Acne affects the skin that contains many sebaceous glands such as the face, center chest, back above the waist, shoulders and neck.
Conventional (allopathic) medicine perspective
Allopathic medicine has sufficient explanations and remedies for acne. Yet many of the mechanisms and manifestation of acne are not sufficiently known and we can say that this is not mastered completely by conventional medicine.
There are certain risk factors that can influence the appearance of acne:
Examples of aggravating factors: food allergies, other diseases, vitamin deficiency, ingestion of halogens (chlorine, fluorine, Bromine and iodine) contact with certain chemicals, psychological factors such as stress, worry and depression.
There are a myriad of products that are sold for the treatment of acne, many of them unproven fully scientific and clinical. However combinations of treatments can cure or prevent acne reappearance in most serious cases. In general, there may be three kinds of treatments proven to be effective (if you watched the explanation on the appearance of acne, it will seem very simple, "common sense" as they say):
1. Combating bacteria that multiply excessively if follicles are blocked. This can be done either by use of antibiotics such as tetracycline (or other internal antibiotics) and using external aplied bactericidal substances such as benzoyl peroxide. However reducing the amount of bacteria Propionibacterium acnes does not reduce the amount of secreted sebum which is actually the primary cause of blocked follicles. Several days later after the topical solution or a few weeks after antibiotic administration, acne reappears.
2. Reduce sebaceous gland secretion. It can be done through a daily dose of vitamin A (or a derivative) for a couple of months. The product is distributed by Roche in the U.S. under the name Accutane or Roaccutane in Europe. Isotretinoin has proven efficacy in treating severe acne in over 80% of patients. Isotretinoin has a much longer effect than an antibacterial therapy and often will cure acne completely.
The treatment requires medical supervision since the drug has many side effects. The most common side effect is dry skin and epistaxis (bleeding nose). It can permanently impaire liver function and cause depression. Also, the drug may cause birth defects of the fetus if administered to pregnant women.
3. Skin exfoliation. Salicylic acid topical treatment favors the exfoliation of upper layers of skin so that it prevents the lock of hair follicles by dead skin cells mixed with sebum. Also prevents pore sealing. Anti-acne minitampons Oxy with 0.5% salycilic acid became customary in the personal kit of most women in Canada.
Home remedies for acne
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