Everything You Need to Know About Acne
Are you really having troubles with blackheads on your face?
Just don't worry! Nearly 8 out of 10 young Americans between the age of 12-24 suffer from some degrees of Acne.
Acne can be a great deal of embarrassment at an age when we are so conscious of our physical appearance.
Some of these are cases clearly related to hormonal disturbance during puberty.
But for majority acne is perhaps the most common chronic skin disease.
We assure you that you would know everything you need to know about Acne if you read this till the end.
Our skin is a marvelous yet an intricate mechanism covering our entire body.
It protects our organs, regulates body temperature and eliminates waste. We just don't thank it enough.
It is directly connected and bound with workings of our whole body.
All skin diseases including acne are outcomes of our body malfunctioning as a whole.
What is Acne?
Acne is an inflammatory condition of fat or grease(sebaceous) glands and hair follicles usually found on the face, the neck, chest and shoulders.
People recover from Acne between the ages of 20 and 30. For women, it rarely lasts beyond the early 30's but it is usually worse before each menstrual period.
What are its Symptoms?
Acne is usually characterized by the presence of blackheads, pimples, scars, comedones and maybe small superficial sebaceous cysts like papule and pustule.
There are over half a dozen types of acne. All of them are somehow connected with fat or grease glands called sebaceous glands. Blackheads are the most common type of acne.
The areas chiefly affected are foreheads, temple, cheeks, chin, chest and back.
What causes Acne ?
Like many of our problems, Acne is also caused due to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Yes, I know this is so repetitive and it might be boring but still truth is truth.
There are so many wrong lifestyle choices that can lead to Acne.
Most of the times following are the primary culprits:
- All forms of acne originate from unhealthy eating habits like eating at irregular hours, improper food, excesses of starches and sugar, and even excessive fatty foods.
- Chronic constipation can also cause acne as your body is not able to eliminate waste matter then your bloodstream will have to carry toxic matter which can put extra efforts on your skin to eliminate this excess waste.
- Unhygienic living habits can result in devitalized condition of the skin causing acne.
- Excessive use of tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco can also cause acne.
- Masturbation, strenuous studies & sedentary habits can lead to acne.
How to Treat Acne in a Week?
Treating acne with ointments only suppresses the inflammation of fat glands. It will never serve the purpose of getting rid of acne altogether. There are so many natural cures just off the kitchen shelf itself that it will surprise you if we said getting rid of acne forever is possible.
What you can do?
We will suggest to begin with an All Fruit Diet for 1 week. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Three meal is all you have for the entire day. You eat plenty of fresh juicy fruits. Select apples, pear, grapes, grapefruit, pineapple and peaches at the same time ignore citrus fruits, bananas or tinned fruits. Eating low-glycemic foods made of complex carbohydrates may reduce your risk of developing acne.
Top this All Fruit Diet with a glass of unsweetened lime and cucumber water. Drinking Water helps in Staying hydrated which is key to good skin but the silica and antioxidants in cucumbers also help skin stay clear and supple. Cucumbers have pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5 in them and this vitamin helps calm acne.
One more thing that would really help is Cleansing your Bowels. During All Fruit Diet you also need to focus on Eradicating Constipation or chances of any. This is a bit of a confronting topic but if you get constipation then you also get acne, so; it's worth understanding its connection and how you can potentially heal your skin through healing your digestive issue. Warm water enema can be used.
Are you worried that your pimple can become an object of ridicule?
This diet will certainly give you the control over your acne just under a week.
Once you're off this diet just don't return to your old ways. Emphasize on eating Raw Foods especially fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouts and try to eat whole grain cereals like millet and brown rice. You should also avoid refined and processed foods including soft drinks, candies, ice-cream and product made with sugar and white flour.
If you're able to strike a balance between eating healthy foods while restricting starchy, protein and fatty foods then condition of your skin is bound to improve.
What to do Right Now?
Having acne is a peculiar problem. You don't know whether to hide those acne or to hide yourself. But alas we can't deny how unbearable it is to have acne ruin your day. For those of you who are currently engaged with acne can try all or any of the following described methods to get rid of those acne.
Hot fomentation is a method used to open up the skin pores. You already know where we are heading to. Yes, there's going to be a tinge of sadistic pleasure involved. Exposing your face to steam opens up the pores of your skin and now you can squeeze out that mucus or waste matter. That's a remedy straight out of your grandma's book. Well we are not stressing about this method being old but it being time tested.
You can also try different types of healing facial packs which are also highly beneficial.
There are a variety of facial packs that can be prepared at home. You can try healing packs made of grated cucumbers, oatmeal cooked in milk, creamed carrots and even turmeric sandalwood paste. These will provide you with relief from acne as well as help in reducing the stress caused due to inflammation.
Another valuable treatment for acne is using the orange peel. Orange peel pounded with water on a piece of stone can also be applied to affected area. Even lemon peel has proved to be beneficial. Both healing pack and orange peel method are to be used externally.
Using Turmeric is highly advised. You can even try this home remedy, a teaspoonful of coriander juice made into a turmeric paste is an effective remedy for pimples and blackheads. Apply this mixture to your face, after thoroughly washing it, every night before going to sleep. This will work wonders for your skin.
One of the most promising solution for clearing skin blemishes is juice of raw potatoes. Raw potatoes have high concentrations of potassium, sulphur, phosphorous and chlorine that ca result in cleansing of skin. Only raw potatoes should be used as all these elements are present in live organic state when potato is raw.
You can also pleasure yourself with Epsom-Salt bath twice a week. This bath can be prepared by adding a pound of Epsom Salt to 14 Gallons of water at a temperature of about 100 F. Stay in bath for 25-30 minutes till you perspire freely. After having bath you can cool off gradually.
Can Vitamin Therapy help ?
Vitamins Niacin and Vitamin A are used to treat acne. Treating Acne with heavy Vitamin Niacin and Vitamin A doses of up to 150,000 units per day not exceeding a month's duration is recommended.
Using Zinc for treating Acne is also promising. This is another effective remedy showing dramatic results. A normal dosage of Zinc three times a day can also work wonders. If you're able to get positive results you can gradually reduce the therapeutic doses.
Vitamin E also helps in effectively removing scarring from acne.
Acne is a very strange problem. There is a whole market that is hell bent on deceiving people with wasteful products and minting dollars. Don't get swayed by fake promises,your skin is definitely not a testing laboratory for cheap chemicals and skin care products. If you are wise enough to recognize the use of home remedies in curing your day to day problems, you're a step ahead of all those marketers.