How To Use Supplements To Cure And Prevent Acne.
Most people link acne with teenage years, this is not entirely true, acne can indeed surface at any age. As a matter of fact, 8% of those that had clear skin in their youth develop acne as adults. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to control acne outbreaks – no matter how old you are when they strike.
What is Acne?
Skin eruptions, most especially spots are just some of the trademarks of acne, a condition that affects mostly the face, chest, neck, back, shoulders and other areas of the body. as a matter of fact, there are reported cases of acne found on human scalp, thighs and so it is not totally confined to the earlier mentioned skin areas.
These skin conditions can be chronic some times.
2 TYPES OF ACNE
1. Acne Vulgaris. The most popular form of acne is called Acne Vulgaris and is the family type that encompasses Blackheads, Whiteheads, and raised red blemishes with half solid centers.
2. Cystic Acne, this is a condition of the skin where there are multiple clusters of painful, fluid-filled cysts, of firm, painless lumps that appear underneath the skin’s surface. This is the more severe type of the two types of acne.
Acnes can be very embarrassing, especially for teenagers and some young adults, this can be a source of low self esteem and emotional trauma.
Causes Of Acne.
It is common knowledge of course that oily skin begets acne. Acne comes to light when the sebacios glands at the base of the hair follicles of the skin secrete too much sebum. The primary purpose of this thick oily substance is to keep the skin lubricated and healthy. Now, if the sebum backs up, it can form some kind of hard plugs or comedos in the pores, therefore causing a blockage in the pores and this in turn cause spots.
If any of these plugs rupture underneath the skin’s surface, a localized bacteria can come to be.
As many of you may have guessed, hormonal imbalances can lead to an overproduction of sebum, this is most common in adolescent boys.
For women, this hyper production can be triggered by pregnancy or menstrual periods.
Other causes of this condition can be emotional stress, some medications, especially steroids, heredity, birth control pills or drugs that affect hormone levels.
I will like to state against popular belief, that there is no certain assurance that acne is caused by eating fatty foods, chocolate, nuts, shellfish. However, there is no ruling out aggravated incidences heralded by certain foods or food allergies.
– Reddish, inflamed skin with fluid-filled lumps or cysts.
– Hard red bumps or pus-filled lesions on the skin.
– Wash daily, using just ordinary soap and clean, clear water.
– Eat a balanced diet, avoid the type of foods earlier categorised as Acne triggers.
– Buy or choose only cosmetics labelled “noncomedogenic” or “oil-free”.
– Shun squeezing spots; it increases inflammation and can cause scarring.
Vitamin B6 – 50mg each morning. Please note that long-term doses of 200mg a day for chronic acne can cause nerve damage.
Vitamin C – 500mg twice daily. Please reduce dosage if diarrhoea develops.
Vitamin E – 400mg per day. Please consult your physician if you already take anti-coagulant drugs.
Selenium – 200mcg per day. Daily doses in excess of 1000mcg are toxic and deadly.
Zinc – 30mg per day. This dosage or more of Zinc should usually be accompanied by 2mg copper.
Chasteberry – 40 drops (1/2 teaspoon) of tincture a day, in a glass of water. This is most useful for acne associated with menstrual cycle. The Premenstrual acne.
HOW CAN SUPPLEMENTS HELP?
Almost everyone will enjoy benefits from using all the aforementioned supplements, they can also be combined. It typically takes three to four weeks, or longer, to start noticing improvements. All the supplements can be used long-term and also, along with conventional acne prescription drugs.
Vitamin B6 may be useful for acne brought to the fore by menstrual cycle or menopause.
Vitamins C, E and Selenium promote a very virile immune system, which assists to keep bacteria that cause acne at bay.
When taken with any or all of these vitamins, Zinc enhances immune function, reduces inflammation and promotes healthy hormone levels.
Chasteberry is usually used to help with the treatment of menstruation-related acne. Other herbal remedies that have semblances with chasteberry are burdock, yellow dock, red clover and echinacea.
DID YOU KNOW?!
Holding the receiver of your telephone too tightly against your skin can cause acne to break out above your ear or along the side of your chin.
Women of childbearing age are safer using natural supplements to fight against acne as against other prescription drugs such as isotretinoin, as this may have severe impact like birth defects.
See Your Doctor:
– If self medication as advised does not show signs of alleviation within three months.
– When the acne turns to a severe one, especially when red or purple inflammation, cysts or hard nodules, lumps filled with fluid appear under the skin.
– If skin is persistently looking red and appears flushed, even if there is no trace of spots on the skin.