What is acne?
Acne, a condition of the skin that takes place when the hair follicles get choked with dead skin cells and oil. If the glands become clogged, they lead to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, which typically appears on the forehead, face, chest, upper shoulders and back.
Effects of acne
The blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads may become infected by bacteria, which causes inflammation and pimples, a characteristic of the disease. Acne, which can be deep or superficial often leads to scarring. Typically, acne clears up post adolescence, although in certain persons it may continue till or even begin in adulthood. Of course the negative effect of acne on self esteem and mood are well known.
Affects both males and females
Although this common skin condition affects people of all ages, it is most common among teenagers. This disease usually occurs in males. In adults, this disease can occur due to other factors like usage of corticosteroid and exposure to chemicals. It may occur in women due to changes in hormones and may become worse during menstruation and pregnancy.
Why does it happen?
From the viewpoint of a naturopath, this disease is an external manifestation of an internal imbalance. The sebum (oil) that your skin secretes is produced from the fats you eat, so regular intake of junk food containing trans-fatty acids and saturated fats can cause oil that clogs the pores and attracts bacteria. Added to this, hormonal changes alter your internal chemistry and affect the way your body manages the food you eat…and stress has a major influence on your hormones and digestion.
Eat good quality fats
Eating good quality fats such as flaxseed oil, fish oil, and olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil ensures that the body produces good quality oil, which flows properly and does not clog the skin’s pores, preventing acne from forming. Apart from this, such oils nourishes the skin as well.
What does a naturopath do for acne?
A naturopath will suggest the following actions to help you get rid of acne and prevent pimples from forming.
Managing your diet
Since skin inflammation leads to acne, you need to eat foods that have anti-inflammatory benefits. Consume foods that are rich in selenium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E. A reduction of your intake of dairy products like ice cream and milk will help. Consider a probiotic supplement to aid digestion.
Healthy lifestyle changes
Control stress through breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga, as stress, which affects hormone levels, can aggravate acne. Sleeping, apart from decreasing your cortisone levels significantly, repairs damaged skin by increasing collagen production. Remove excessive oil from your skin by cleansing it twice daily with a natural cream cleanser. Also use non-comedogenic moisturising creams or lotions containing EFAs, vitamin A & C, to help repair scar tissues.
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