Acne isn't just a teenage problem, though it is most commonly associated with adolescence. Acne is a skin disorder in which too much oil is produced and the skin pores become congested with oil. Pimples, blackheads and whiteheads make up the average description of acne.
Many adults have problems with acne well into their middle age years. It is a painful and sometimes embarrassing condition that can cause issues of low self-esteem and loss of self-confidence. One of the worst aspects of having severe acne is the scarring left by acne sores that “healed".
Prevention: The First Line of Defense Against Acne
1. Cleanse your face at least twice a day, morning and night. Use a gentle cleanser such as an oatmeal and plain yogurt mask.
2. Use an astringent. Two natural astringents to try: apple cider vinegar or an egg white mask.
3. Drink green tea. It has antioxidant properties that are good for the skin.
4. Get your vitamins and minerals.
5. Exercise. This pushes blood through the body and delivers oxygen to the skin.
Treatment of Problem Acne
1. Continue with the normal acne prevention regimen.
2. Use aloe vera on your acne sores. It is a light, natural moisturizer with healing properties. It can also help prevent scarring.
3. Don't “pop" the zits. Popping them increases the chances of infection and can also cause your acne to spread.
4. Don't apply heavy moisturizers or makeup.
5. If you do use makeup, use the oil-free kind.
Nutrition and Toxins
It is believed that what you eat and/or what you don't eat can ultimately cause acne. That is because the skin requires nutrients to stay healthy. If you are not eating healthy, vitamin rich food, your skin will start to show it.
One of the best mediums the body has for toxin release is the skin. An abundance of toxins in the body or the sudden release of them may be a contributor to acne. The treatment then is to detoxify. During the time of detoxification, your skin will get worse before it gets better because toxins will literally be pouring out your pores.
If you decide to follow a detoxification diet for a short period of time, remember to continue your daily routine and add another pore cleanser - the facial sauna. Try this treatment for impressive results:
Place a pot of hot water on the stove and turn on the heat. Place a few green tea bags in the water. When it starts to steam, place a towel over the back of your head and hold your face over the steaming pan. Ten minutes should be enough. Afterwards, splash your face with cold water. The sauna cleans your pores. The cold water constricts them.
Kim Archer writes about women's wellness . She is publisher of The Internet Spa , where you'll find up-to-date information to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.