There's not a single person that hasn't had an occasional pimple. Most pimples don't cause issues, but constant acne breakouts can carry a myriad of problems. One may experience embarrassment, frustration, sadness, as well as scarring and accumulating expense. Those whom are prone to breakouts normally apply a cacophony of medicated creams or gels. But there is more to treating acne than just applying a topical product.
Certain foods and nutrients, or lack thereof can contribute to changes in your body chemistry causing acne. Too much caffeine, sugar, dairy, greasy foods, meat and alcohol can be tough on your digestive system and liver. If too overloaded, your body may not be able to metabolize those foods efficiently which can lead to an imbalance in your immune system and hormones. Test foods one by one to see if any trigger your breakouts more readily. If so, then reduce or cut out those foods from your diet as those are common breakout influencers. Eating healthy not only reduces the impact on your digestive system but also provides more vitamins and minerals that can help cleanse your liver, digestive system and lymphatic system while helping to balance hormones. Try adding more of these natural foods and herbs into your diet to help reduce breakouts.
You probably know by now that stress increases acne breakouts but it also contributes to greater scarring due to reduction of healing mechanisms. In addition increases in adrenaline and cortisol can increase oil production in the skin causing more congestion. Increased stress hormones also reduce your immune system which can reduce your body's ability to repair and fight off p.acnes, the main acne causing bacteria. There are a number of natural ways to reduce stress.
Changes in testosterone, progesterone and estrogen can lead to oil production that plug pores and cause break outs. Herbal supplements can help balance hormone production and assist in healing breakouts.
When a breakout does happen there are a few go to natural remedies that can help.
There are different types of acne scars that can occur from blemishes, but either way they are usually the result from a combination of inflammation, infection and poor wound healing.
Besides following some the other tips like improving our diet and reducing stress you can also try to prevent future breakout by keeping the area clean, moisturized and free of dead skin cell accumulation.
Clearing up acne is a combination of good diet, plenty of sleep managing stress and using the right supplements.
1.) Cleanse: Cleansing with an all natural gentle cleanser morning and night using a washcloth or brush to gently work the cleanser into skin, be gentle as harsh scrubbing can damage skin.
2.) Tonify: A simple one to make is to combine witch hazel and apple cider vinegar. Swipe over face with a cotton ball. Apple cider vinegar has various enzymes that kill bacteria and fungus on the skin and Witch Hazel reduces inflammation.
3.) Exfoliate: By exfoliating 2 or 3 times a week removes dead skin cells that builds up in pores. Combine sugar, sea salt or dry oatmeal with honey or milk or apple cider vinegar, then gently rub into skin, rinse with warm water. Also using Alpha hydroxy acid which is natural acid found in citrus fruit helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. It improves the appearance of acne scars.
4.) Treat: Using a healing mask 2 or 3 times a week to keep skin hydrated. Combine 2 tablespoons of yogurt, honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together leave on face for 10 minutes then rinse with warm water.
5.) Spot Treat: Spot treating can reduce inflammation and enhance healing. For less noticeable treatment mix Tea Tree oil (Tea Tree oil alone can be too drying) with coconut oil. When home alone combine Honey with Cinnamon.
6.) Moisturize: Apply a nourishing oil like Rosehip Seed, Jojoba, Rice Bran or Argan oil to your face morning and night followed by a sunscreen for day time.
10 ways to relieve stress naturally, by Dr. Manny Alvarez. December 24, 2013. www.foxnews.com/health
Are there any effective natural acne treatment options? by Brent A. Bauer, M.D. October, 2017 www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditons/acne/expert-answers/natural-acne-treatment