Fight Acne Blemishes And Feel Great!
Everyone gets acne blemishes now and then. But for some, acne becomes a way of life, and can even threaten to take away that life.
Their acne blemishes are sometimes badly broken out. At other times it’s marked by just a pimple or two, but for more than so many years, their skin is never totally clear.
Call it a condition, or call it a disease, whatever the name, it is still acne and it is creating physical and emotional havoc for these people.
They look in the mirror and they hate what they see. If you are one of those people, you wonder what’s to be done. Well take heart, there is help yet. But first, let us explore and define acne before we discuss remedies.
What are Acne Blemishes?
There are four different types of acne blemishes with the medical names of: Papules, Pustules, Nodules, and Cysts. These blemishes all stem from acne and the only reason they have different names is that they all look different and are formed differently. Before we delve into acne blemishes, let’s first find out how acne is formed.
Acne is a disease of the oil producing glands and the tiny pores of your skin. The canal under the pore is referred to as the follicle, and therein resides a tiny hair and oil gland. This oil gland is known as the sebaceous gland, and its primary function is to secrete an oily substance called sebum. The sebum is deposited on the hairs inside the follicles and it travels to the surface of the skin on the hair shaft.
In the perfect world and on the perfect skin, things work normal as they should, with the glands removing the dead skin cells, and serving to keep the skin lubricated. But we all know we do not live in a perfect world where things trod along smoothly without a hitch. Acne happens, and when it does, you can be sure that the following four major problems are definitely involved.
1. Excessive sebum production
2. Obstruction or clogging of the pores
3. Overgrowth of bacteria in the follicles
4. Rupturing of follicles and leakage of bacteria fats into the
surface of the skin.
This process causes significant inflammation on the areas of the follicles which subsequently lead to blackheads and whiteheads. As excess inflammation kicks into high gear, larger raised red bumps known as papules begin to form, they can be accompanied by pustules as well, which are the bumps that have yellowish pus on display.
When this inflammation occurs a little deeper in the skin, the acne takes on the form of deep, tender, large rubberlike balls beneath the skin, known as nodular acne blemishes. A cyst on the other hand looks very much like a nodule, but is filled with pus. The term cysts are sometimes used interchangeably to mean nodule because of the resemblance between a nodular acne lesions. Cystic acne is the type of acne that can become scars.
Skin Surface Treatment For Acne Blemishes
Millions of dollars are spent every year by acne sufferers in their desperate quest for a solution. Over-the-counter remedies and prescription drugs that sometimes carry dangerous side effects are being widely used. Some teenagers have even go into a state of psychosis and commit suicide while on popular acne medications. But these days, there are lots of safe natural solutions and treatments for your optimal skin care. Here is a four step action plan you can use to zap acne.
Step 1. Clean Away Excess Dead Skin Cells
Your skin renews itself every 30 or so days, shedding off old dead cells and replacing it with new one. Sometimes the loose cells get stuck with sebum and can plug up the pores. The first thing to do in order to get rid of acne is to clean off the excess dead cells and kill any bacteria that may be present.
Use a salicylic acid in a 2% concentration. Wash affected areas with warm water and apply a small amount of the lotion mixed with a few drops of water. Gently massage the mixture into the skin in a circular motion. Leave on your face for about 3 - 5 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Follow this process twice a day, every morning and before bedtime.
Step 2. Remove The Clogs
To loosen and clear up oil clogged pores you need glycolic acid. It works by activating certain skin enzymes that dissolve the plugs beneath the skin’s surface. Apply the glycolic acid after you have finished using the salicylic acid.
Step 3. Stop Acne Dead In Its Tracks
The next step is to get rid of the “die hard” bacteria that perpetuates acne infections. It is called P. acnes and it hides deep within the infected pores. For this you will need benzoyl peroxide.
Keep the benzoyl peroxide in the refrigerator. Run an ice cube over the affected areas until it is thoroughly wet and feels cold. Place a small amount of the cream in your palm and apply it, using a circular motion. Next, place a cold pack on the affected area for about 10 minutes, while you lie down. You can wipe off any excess of the cream and leave the residue in place overnight. Do this process every night.
Step 4. Maintain And Protect Your Skin
Following steps one to three will get rid of your acne within 6 weeks. Step four will keep your skin healthy, soft and resistant to new acne attacks. Use the following steps:
* Always use a gentle soap-free cleanser that contains glycolic acid for cleansing the skin.
* Apply an oil-free moisturizer that contains sun block of SPF15 after washing your face.
* Use an oil-free antioxidant cream and apply this to affected areas before going to bed.
* Retin-A can also be used occasionally after cleansing your face at night. Massage as small amount to the face.
Other Simple Solutions For Acne Blemishes.
Wash The Affected Areas – Twice a day, gently wash the skin with a mild, non-medicated unscented soap. Rinse in cool water and pat dry. Avoid scrubbing or using abrasive materials as they irritate the skin and make the condition worse. Clean affected areas with cotton wool dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day.
Baking Soda – This kills bacteria that causes acne. Use as a facial scrub to gently to remove dead skin from your face and soak up excess oil that tends to clog pores. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water, massage the mixture onto the skin for a minute, and rinse it off with water. Repeat twice per week.
Lemon Juice - Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected area overnight. Wash off with warm water next morning. Steaming your face is another way to stop blemishes before they happen. Boil a pot of water and add slices of fresh lemon to it. Place a towel over the pot and steam your face for five minutes. This process clears clogged pores really well.
Honey – Honey is a great remedy for acne blemishes because it kills bacteria on the skin. It also acts as a great skin moisturizer.
Garlic - Garlic is a potent antibiotic. If you can stand the smell on your face, then use it because it works like a miracle. Rub a dab of garlic juice from a raw clove onto a blemish for up to three minutes to kill off the bacteria surrounding the blemish. Acne blemishes will disappear without a marks with regular applications.
Prevention And Dietary Care For Acne Blemishes
Clear, glowing skin reflects overall good health. This requires a balanced diet and regular exercises. The best way to cure acne is to prevent it from forming in the first place. You cannot detoxify your skin from outside, it has to start from inside.
When you see a pimple, it’s not because your skin is bad, it’s because something bad is happening inside. Your skin problems begin from your insides. Whatever happens on the skin’s surface is just an after-effect.
It is important to understand that using topical remedies won’t help in clearing the acne. Only hormones, stress, genetics and diet can regulate the amount of sebum excreted by the sebaceous glands, and so if you want to stop getting breakouts, you have to be able to control these factors. Just like allergy sufferers carefully avoid substances that could trigger their allergies, you can also avoid anything that may provoke your acne blemishes.
Once you learn the basics, you’ll realize that acne is treatable, controllable and preventable and you don’t have to live with it anymore. Adopt and incorporate the basics below and allow your skin to be a delight to you and others.
Vitamin A and C - are essential for building and maintaining healthy skin. A daily diet that provides five or more servings of fresh vegetables and fruits will provide adequate amounts of these nutrients.
Vitamin B And Zinc - Take vitamin B supplement Niacin and zinc supplement daily. They are both anti-inflammatory and help control the overactive immune system that causes the symptoms of acne. They also fight bacteria that causes, decreases the production of sebum and strengthens the skin's resistance to acne.
Fish Oil Supplement - Research shows that acne is caused by acute inflammation on the skin. One of the fastest and safest ways to douse chronic inflammation is to take a daily dose of fish oil supplement. Fish oil is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-e fatty acids. Recommended dose is 1,000 to 2,000 mg. of omega-3 fatty acids. This blocks inflammatory factors that are typically elevated in acne sufferers.
Drink Green Tea - Drinking green tea lowers levels of DHT, a hormone that pumps up sebum production. Drink 6 four ounce cups daily.
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