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Acne Management
December 21, 2012

ACNE MANAGEMENT

Be Responsible, Manage your Own Skin!
Acne affects most of the world’s population causing much anxiety mostly to teenagers. Acne is the result of excess oil clogging the pores of the skin which brings about various degrees of inflammation due to infection. Proper diet with the correct balance of nutrients in the form of essential vitamins and minerals are vital for management and treatment of this condition. Of course, acne does not affect only the face, it may pop up behind the ears, shoulders, back and chest. Acne in teenagers is generally attributed to increased glandular activity with other factors discussed below contributing to the severity.
Understanding and managing acne may be more complicated than it may appear. Every individual has to consider their age and lifestyle to narrow down the cause of its attack. From the American Journal of Dermatology we discover that even milk can be a factor in acne break-outs. Studies have shown that drinking 2 or 3 glasses of milk every day gives a 40% chance of developing severe acne. In fact, most dairy products can have the same effect on both teenage and adult acne. The milk and acne connection is a broad topic but briefly it has been shown that most milk contains a high percentage of hormones that tell your skin cells to start producing oilier Sebum. Milk also contains the ideal bacteria for infecting this Sebum.
Basic Acne Management with Effective Long Term Results
The most basic prevention and even remedy for acne is drinking plenty of water coupled with aerobic exercise. Even a basic Aerobic exercise helps greatly because it raises the heart rate bringing the vital oxygen supply to the skin cells promoting a healthy skin.
With regard to diet’s effect on acne, to date there is no established scientific evidence that sweets, chocolates and fatty foods are a contributory factor to acne outbreaks however, some people consider specific foods or food groups which they consider has aggravating effect on the condition. Anxiety and Stress have been shown to be potent triggers for acne attacks as with certain medications and cosmetics.
Acne Management 1
Take steps to increase skin cell reproduction
acne1It is a fact that people with acne have a very slow skin cell sloughing process. Dead skin should be removed as soon as possible since it blocks the pores. One should bear in mind that gentle but effective exfoliation should be a routine since physical methods involving abrasive creams or gels may aggravate the acne. Natural mild exfoliants are Sugar & Lemon, 0atmeal, Almonds and Tomatoes.

 

Acne Management 2
Reduce natural (Sebum) oil production
The slow skin cast off rate mentioned above gives pores ample time to become clogged with natural oils plus the dead skin cells. The more Sebum produced by the Sebaceous Glands then the more chance there is of bacteria (P. Acnes) rapidly multiplying to produce full-blown acne.
One needs to really take care of the skin and provide adequate nutrition in the form of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. One way for the skin to react to a wrong treatment is to produce excess Sebum so be cautious with the remedies that you are trying out.
To deep cleanse the skin gently with exfoliation will greatly reduce the amount of Sebum in the affected areas.
Acne Management 3
acne2Make sure skin cells and pores have sufficient oxygen (This prevents bacterial growth)
Acne problems are directly linked to the bacteria P. Acnes. A lack of oxygen supply to the skin allows this type of bacteria to grow rapidly, infecting the Sebum and surrounding areas of the clogged pore. As mentioned previously, mild aerobic exercise is an excellent way to ensure the skin is being supplied with adequate oxygen. Also, remember to learn some facial exercises and massage techniques as this will help increase the blood flow to the face.
Acne Management 4
Manage or eliminate the skins harmful bacteria. Generally it is the wellbeing of the whole body that is the greatest contributor to keeping all bacteria contained within a safe level. This is achieved by having a healthy immune system which is the result of adequate vitamins, nutrients and essential minerals all working in harmony. Add to this effective routine cleansing and exfoliation and the bacteria can normally be kept under control.
Vitamin A (which is regarded essential for a healthy skin) can be found in Citrus fruits, tomatoes and carrots.
The information in this work is intended for your general knowledge and educational services only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or any treatments for any medical conditions.

References:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/acne.html
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/107146.php
http://www.medicinenet.com/acne/article.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001876/

 

 

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