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Acne Advices

Posted by on Sunday, December 20, 2009, 12:56
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Also known as pimples and “zits,” acne consists of bumps on the skin caused by blockages of the sebaceous glands, which are located at the base of each hair follicle.

The glands keeps producing fluid, but the fluid cannot escape pressured, the glands expand, pushing on the skin above and causing a pimple.The gland may also become infected.

Acne is mostly seen in adolescents, although women  in the premenstrual or mid menstrual cycles may develop pimples related to hormones. Stress, oral contraceptives and some types of diets can also cause acne.

Although acne itself is not usually dangerous, in some cases it may become severely infected, leaving scars and pits, and require a great deal of acne medical attention. In addition, the psychological consequences of acne may be great.

Physicians offer a slew of oral medications, creams, lotions and ointments. Some people with severe scaring may undergo a surgical acne treatment called dermabrasion.

Acne alternative therapies  include:

  1. Aromatherapy Bergamot (Monarda chdyma), cedarwood (Juniperus virgmiana), juniper (Jumperus communis), J lavender (Lavandula officinalis).
  2. Herbology: Garlic (Allium sativum), Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), nettles (Urtica urens), thyme (Thymus vulgaris).
  3. Homeopathic remedies: Antimonium crudum, Led urn palustre, sulfur.
  4. Nutrition: Vitamins B6 and B12, selenium,  zinc, a low fat, high- fiber diet.

Good sources of these vitamins and minerals are:

– B6, barley, salmon and whole grains;

– B 12—fish, cheese and eggs;

– Selenium—carrots, cabbage and onions;

– Zinc—oysters, whole grains and split peas.

I recommend antioxidants, especially vitamin A. One of the medicines commonly used for acne, Retin A, is derived from vitamin A.

Warning: Since this vitamin can be toxic, vitamin A therapy should be undertaken only under the supervision of a physician. Women who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant should not use Retin A without checking with their physicians, because it may cause birth defects. Food sources of vitamin A include beef and chicken livers, milk and cheese.

In addition, vitamin E , folic acid, zinc and high chromium yeast  can be helpful. For acne flareups that come during PMS, vitamin B6 seems to help. Do not, however, expect acne that comes at other times to be helped by B6.

Although current thinking tends to discount the role of diet, I have had cases in which acne cleared up when patients stopped eating chocolate, milk and other foods, and switched to a low  fat, high complex carbohydrate diet. Vitamin E can be found in wheat germ, nuts and green beans.

Finally, a gel containing 5 percent benzoyl peroxide, put on the face nightly after washing with a nonmedicated soap, can be helpful

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1 Response to “Acne Advices”

  1. 7 January, 2010, 23:23

    Learning to deal with acne…

    I was trying to find more acne tips today when I read a really helpful post about acne……

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