Natural Acne Skin Care

By: Herb B. Lewis

This article will help you in taking control of your acne. There is no such thing as a perfect acne treatment for everyone, you need to find what works best for you. I hope everyone can benefit from this advice, whether you are suffering from mild or severe acne.

What causes acne? Sebaceous glands in your skin secrete an oil called sebum. Sebum protects skin from bacteria, keeps too much water from evaporating from the skin, and this oil gives your hair shine.

Your skin will dry out if you do not have enough oil. Natural skin oils are necessary to achieve a healthy glow. Oil protects the skin and helps keep it from wrinkle prematurely. The problem comes in when you have too much oil. Too much oil leads to larger than normal pores and oil attracts dirt that can clog pores.

Sebaceous glands make just the right amount of sebum most of the time. Sometimes the glands secrete too much sebum. When a pore clogges up with too much sebum, dead skin cells, toxins and the right kinds of germs you can have acne.

Not everyone with oily skin gets acne; it takes more than just too much sebum. A mixture of excess sebum and toxins in the blood and lymph, work together to create an environment that bacterium can live in. The overgrowth of bacteria is what causes the redness, inflammation, swelling, puss and clogged pores.

The best acne skin care is to wash your face enough to keep the pores from getting clogged. Wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser. This is to prevent oil buildup. When you wash don't scrub your face. Scrubbing can irritate your skin. Wash your face gently. Don't touch your face after you are wash and don't pick, squeeze, or pop pimples.

Do not wash your face more than two or three times a day, or you will stimulate your glands to produce more oil. If your face feels dry your glands will produce more oil. There are many creams and soaps to help prevent acne and clear it up. You can try different ones to see which helps. Use a pure soap without harsh artificial additives. If you need to, try a lightly medicated soap. Use hot water when washing your face then finish with cold water. Always check the ingredients of the oily skin care product you use. Harsh astringents can take too much oil from your skin; you do not want to let your skin dehydrate. When your skin dehydrates your pores close blocking oil flowing out.

Natural Acne Skin Care Spraying Rose water on your face after you wash will help tighten your skin's pores without overdoing it and it balances the skin's pH levels. Do not use rose water if your skin is irritated, if you find out you are sensitive stop using it. If your face feels dry after you wash, apply a natural oil free moisturizer to keep your skin from dehydrating. If your face feels dry your glands will produce more oil.

If your skin is sensitive try washing your face in warm salty water or fresh squeezed lemon juice from one lemon with one cup of water. Strain the lemon juice and pour it into a spray bottle, spray your face and let it to dry, and then rinse your face with warm water. Finish with a cold water rinse. This should cut down on the oil without irritating your face. If your face gets too dry from too much washing, try a mixture of just about any mashed melon, Aloe vera gel and cooked oatmeal. Rinse it off with warm water after it dries. Watermelon makes a great natural cleanser crushed and smeared onto the skin; you can use it just by itself or massed up with your favorite fruit yogurt. Wash it off with water after it sits a bit. Be sure to test anything you are going to let set on your face. You want to make sure it will not cause your skin to break out.

If you need to use a medicated treatment benzoyl peroxide is one of the best acne skin care treatments. It is one of the most popular and successful acne cleansers. You can buy it in over-the-counter products, like Clearasil and ProActiv.

Acne and Food The root cause of your acne isn't the wrong diet but a better diet can have a profound effect on your overall health. Heredity evidently influences acne tendency, and family and ethnic background influence eating patterns. Foods act on people differently, if you are eating the way most Americans eat, you can be sure it has a bad influence on your skin. Everything you eat has an affect on you body. One of the ways your body flushes out toxins is through your skin. Toxins affect people differently some people are better able to deal with them, some people break out.

The medical view is there is no relation between diet and acne. I disagree, from my experience there is absolutely a connection. I understand that bad diet is not the root cause of acne but a bad diet will have an adverse effect. I did my own research in high school; I found that if I ate a couple candy bars and a greasy hamburger with fries, the next day my acne would flair up. Back then it was simple, there was going to be acne, that was a part of life, but if I wanted to have truly bad acne then I would eat bad for a few days. It worked every time.

The Doctors would always say, "there is no relation between diet and acne". What we need to wake up to is that most, if not all health issues are directly related to or affected by diet.

Acne Skin Care Advice Work with a health care provider that can help you come up with a diet that will help you with your acne skin care. There are many books on this subject, buy them and read them. To get you started here is some basic advice. Cut down on the fat you eat; do not eat fried foods or any foods you know are high fat. Do not cook with or any heat processed oils, use cold pressed canola or olive oil only. Do not drink soft drinks, stay away from sugar, and junk food.

Eat green vegetables and fresh fruits, don't eat meat, meat slows your digestion and makes it harder for your body to flush out the fats and toxens. Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol makes the liver work harder. This keeps it from doing the job of removing toxins. Toxins build up and sit in your fat, organs and your skin.

Drink enough quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins. Moisture makes your skin firm and elastic. Dryness makes your skin look and feel like sandpaper.

Vitamins have been increasingly used as part of a therapy for acne. There are studies that promote the potential benefits of vitamins and try to understand how they work. Make sure you are getting the necessary vitamins and minerals. Get your blood tested; find out what you might lack. If you do not want to get your blood tested, at least take a good multivitamin.

Natural acne skin care involves working with your health care provider, using the right skin care treatments that work best for you to keep your pores from getting clogged. It also involves the right foods and vitamins.

Nothing in this essay should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Nothing in this essay is approved by the Food & Drug Administration to treat of any disease.

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This acne skin care advice was brought to you by Herb B. Lewis. For more of his advice on skin care visit: Visit Years to Your Health for a vast selection of herbs

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