Home Treatments For Acne
Acne is an inflammatory condition of the skin and is characterized by the appearance of pimples/spots, blackheads, and white-heads on facial skin and upper body areas. Teenagers often suffer acne, but adults can develop it too. Acne is not caused by uncleanliness, but is a result of over-active oil producing glands in the skin called sebaceous glands.
Sebaceous glands produce an oily lubricant called sebum; if sebum is produced faster than it can move through the pores a blemish arises. Excess sebum also makes the pores sticky enabling bacteria to become trapped inside. If sebum combines with skin pigments a blackhead results; if scales below the surface get filled with sebum a white-head forms. White-heads may build up and spread under the skin where they rupture and therefore the inflammation spreads.
You may wonder . . why do the sebaceous glands become over-active in the first place?
That is the billion dollar question! There are so many possible contributing factors to Acne that it requires careful analysis of your personal health profiles to help identify causes. Treatment programmes are then developed according to your personal case. This requires a full Nutritional Therapy Consultation with an experienced practitioner whose field covers the health of the skin, digestive system and hormonal balance.
However, today I want to share a few tips on things you can do at home to help reduce acne breakouts:
1. Address your diet and avoid the number one food involved in inflammation, poor skin health and the development of spots – sugar in all it’s forms!
2. Rinsing the skin in 10 parts water mixed with 1 part Organic Apple Cider Vinegar can help re-establish a good skin pH (acid-alkaline balance).
3. Application of a home-made face mask using 3 Tablespoons raw honey and 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon (mixed together) at night before bed helps outbreaks. Apply thinly to affected area, leave on for 1-2 hours and rinse just before bed.
4. Expose your skin to sunshine for 15-20 minutes daily. The suns rays actually kill bacteria on the skin.