Monday, 6 March 2017

6 Tips To Help Cope With Acne


Acne Vulgaris, the scientific name for the common form of spot breakouts and pimples is often times a result of obstruction of hair follicles and the oil producing glands just under the skin.

Acne break outs is a common skin disease seen often in adolescents and women experiencing hormonal changes e.g pregnant women and women going through their menstrual cycle. Break outs of acne can also be linked to wearing heavy, pore covering cosmetics, using oil laden cleansers and face lotions. They are also common during periods of high humidity.

Persistent acne can be embarrassing to the sufferer. While there are prescription medications and topical preparations that offer great results against acne, oftens times, getting permanent good results against a troublesome acne might just go beyond depending entirely on the strength of prescription acne medication and mean a modification in lifestyle and approach to managing persistent acne.

Knowing and practising the following tips could prove helpful in coping with and eventually resolving troublesome acne

Tip 1: Get Your Beauty Sleep

The body needs sleep for a lot of things including skin repair. Depriving the body of good sleep is a major cause of persistent acne. When the body is under stress it increases the production of cortisol (a glucocorticoid) which in turn increases sebum production by the oil glands under the skin. Excessive sebum would end up mixing with the dirt and bacteria on the surface of the skin, form a sludge and cover up the hair follicles and oil producing glands. What is more, cortisol alters the skin structure making it a lot harder to resolve already occuring acne breakout.

If you've got persistent acne, remember to keep your stress levels low by giving your body adequate amounts of sleep.

Tip 2: Get Some Exercise

Along with sleep, exercise is one good way to reverse stress which in turn is great for acne. The increased blood circulation offered by exercising the body helps deliver oxygenated blood and nutrients to the skin while clearing away accumulated wastes.

While exercising, do not allow your skin sit in sweat for long periods as this might aggravate acne in acne prone skin, so wipe off the sweat often during exercise routines.

Tip 3: Eat Healthy

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruits rich in vitamin A should be top on the list e.g carrots. Vitamin A helps improve skin tissues and is helpful in resolving acne breakouts.

Anti-oxidants are also important in fighting persistent acne. Best sources of anti-oxidants include green leafy vegetbles, fruits and salmon fish ( to name a few).

If you can't get enough of them from foods, dietary supplements are good sources for anti-oxidants.

Avoid white sugars and foods that contain processed sugars. Too much sugars in blood circulation causes uncontrolled increase in insulin levels which in turn leads to increased oil production from the sebacious glands and subsequent clogging of pores.

Tips 4: Go Easy On Makeup

While makeup is useful in masking the look of acne breakouts, heavy makeup is counterproductive in acne as it contributes to clogging of hair follicles and difficulty in achieving proper skin hydration. Avoid greasy makeup and any makeup that contain oils.

Tip 5: Do Not Burst The Acne

Bursting an acne can lead to tissue scarring and formation of scars. What's more, bursting a pimple would push the underlying infection (when present) further down into the skin making it difficult to eradicate the pimple with antibiotics.

Tip 6: Clean The Face Often

The face comes in contact with smoke, dust, debris, sweat and makeup everyday. This combined with oils produced from skin, easily form a sludge that can seep into and clog hair follicles if not cleaned regularly.

So make sure to clean the face with water or oil free cleansers at least twice daily.

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