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Tips to prevent acne

06 Nov

Tips to prevent acne

The most effective methods to prevent acne include a combination of prevention and better skincare. Effective acne prevention will requires using the right acne treatment options, and good hygiene habits. To get rid of acne and pimples, and other skin problems like blackheads, go through these few great tips about acne prevention. Sometimes the stress itself of having these acne and trying to figure out measures to get rid of them can make things more worse. These tips will be helpful in relieving those stresses and preventing the acne.

Tip1

Do not ever pick, pop or squeeze the pimples/blackheads, or otherwise mess with your skin. These will lead to infection or scarring, almost always making the acne worse. Picking/squeezing can permanently scar your skin. If you must pick, please be sure to immediately apply a topical antibiotic to help prevent any infection setting in.

Tip2

Wash your dirty towels and pillowcases regularly as they are known to harbor/carry bacteria and germs that will make the acne worse.

Tip3

Oily hair aggravates acne, so avoid use of oily products like pomades or hair spray, especially if you have pimples on your forehead and want to get rid of them. If you have long hair, wear your hair pulled back or consider having a shorter hair style that keeps it off your face, neck and shoulders if acne are more in those areas. Be sure to pull your hair back or away from your skin when you sleep so that pimples/acne do not develop overnight.

Tip4

Have a shower after workout as soon as possible since sweat combined with skin oils trap dirt and bacteria in your skin pores.  At the same time avoid hot, humid environments like poorly ventilated kitchens, gyms, tropical climates. Stay away from cooking grease or machine oil as much as possible as it can contribute more to developing blackheads and clogged skin pores.

Tip5

Wash your skin gently with a mild non-soap based facewash or cleanser and warm water once or twice daily. Hot water and harsh cleansers are known to irritate your skin.

Never go to bed with makeup on. It will clog your skin pores and lead to breakouts. It is very tempting to try to scrub away acne, but that is not the right way to get rid of them. Scrubbing too hard or too frequently can actually make them worse and promote scarring by increasing the inflammation and/or rupturing cysts under your skin, which will lead to bacterial spread and re-infection. It will also lead to possible over production of oils to replace what is washed off, clogging the pores in the process. However if you do need to scrub, remember to use products with gentle exfoliation ingredients and no alcohol.

Tip6

Use cosmetics that are labeled “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic”. Use a non-acnegenic moisturizer in the pimple prone areas, else they will go worse. Clean your cosmetic brushes regularly in soap water and throw out the old, contaminated makeup articles. Keep anything that can carry bacteria away from touching your. Avoid shimmering facial colors and makeup articles, including lip gloss as they lead to more pore-clogging.

Tip7

Use topical treatment creams in places where you tend to get breakouts not just the existing pimples. The pore-clogging process usually happens two to three weeks before the actual blemish/blackhead becomes visible on the skin. Using salicylic acid acne medication in the body spray is an exfoliant, which helps to remove the dead skin that combines with the oil and dirt to form blackheads and whiteheads that eventually get infected and become pimples.

Other treatment options include topical retinoids, oral antibiotics and Benzoyl Peroxide for teens. Oral contraceptives or hormonal birth control pills and hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) may be helpful for adult women, combined with systemic or topical treatment medications.

Tip8

Regular exercises can help to reduce stress and increase blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which helps to prevent acne. It also help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. Stress can trigger acne, so it is best to try and avoid stressful situations, and resolve stresses by talking to friends/family or a professional person, be sure to get enough of good sleep. Exercising regularly can also help reduce stress and it increases blood circulation and oxygen penetration to the skin, which may help with acne prevention. Regular exercise can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression.

Tip9

Drink at least 64 ounces of water or 6-8 glasses of water a day to help “detoxify” the body from the inside out. It helps in good skin hydration, thereby preventing excess oil secretion and thereby clogging of pores.

 
 

Acne

04 Sep

Definition:
Acne or pimples is a common skin condition frequently seen in young individuals during teenage and youth years. This occurs mainly due to the action of hormones on the oil glands in the skin. The draining ducts of the oil glands get blocked and hence they are not able to drain the oil secretion. The oil and cells inside the blocked gland form a perfect environment for the growth of Propionibacterium acnes (the organism responsible for acne). Thus, it results in the formation of pimples or acne.

Acne usually occurs on the face, chest, back, shoulders and neck. It is one of the most common skin conditions. Although acne is not a serious threat to the health, yet it can lead to scarring and disfigurement of the face that can have a significant impact on the patient.

Acne may present itself in various forms and these are as follows:

Characteristics :

  • Whiteheads and blackheads (Comedones): White or black tiny bumps on the skin which are nothing but the enlarged and plugged hair follicles
  • Papules: Inflamed lesions that usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin and can be tender to the touch
  • Pustules (pimples): Pus-filled lesions that may be red at the base
  • Nodules: Large, painful, solid lesions that are lodged deep within the skin
  • lesions that can cause scarring

Following are the commonly recognized types of Acne:

  • Acne vulgaris
  • Acne rosacea
  • Acne conglobata
  • Acne cosmetica
  • Acne fulminans
  • Acne medicamentosa
  • Acne keloidalis nuchae

Causes of Acne:
One of the most important causes is the increase in the male hormones (androgens) that occurs in boys as well as girls during puberty. These hormones cause an increased production of sebum (oil) and hence result in acne.
Hormonal changes related to pregnancy or such changes caused by starting or stopping birth control pills can also cause acne. Another factor is heredity or genetics; there is evidence to support the fact that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. Apart from this certain drugs, including androgens and lithium, are also known to cause acne. Greasy cosmetics may cause further plugging of the follicles in the skin and hence can precipitate the onset of acne.
Majority of people who develop acne are between the ages of 12 and 25. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.

Homeopathic treatment:
Homeopathic treatment for Acne is strongly suggested. It helps in the following ways:

  • Controls the tendency to have acne (often genetic, in severe cases)
  • Addresses underlying hormonal disturbance which gives one a proneness to have acne
  • Reduces excessive¬† oiliness of skin
  • Reduces acne directly
  • Controls infection
  • Controls scar formation
  • Reduces hyperpignementation following acne
  • Controls tendency to scar formation following acne

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HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT –

Sulphur

Is perhaps the remedy most often indicated in this affection, especially if chronic. The skin is rough and hard and the acne is associated with comedones and constipation; great aggravation from water is the characteristic leading to Sulphur in skin affections. Face is Pale, sickly color. Heat and spotted redness of face. Black pores. Itching intensely in evening and from warmth. The acne punctata is the variety corresponding most nearly to Sulphur. Simple forms yield to Belladonna or Pulsatilla. Acne rosacea yields to Arsenicum iodatum or Sulphur iodide.

Sanguinaria

It is another useful remedy in acne, especially in women with scanty menses and irregular circulation of blood. Other remedies for acne dependent on sexual disturbances of women are Calcarea carbonica and Aurum muriaticum natronatrum.

Kali bromatum

Acne on the face, neck and shoulders. We frequently find acne in Epileptics who have been maltreated by bromides. This remedy is especially adapted to the acne simplex and the acne indurata, especially in hyperaesthetic, nervous females. Face flushed. Acne of face, pustules. General failure of mental power, loss of memory, melancholia, anesthesia of the mucous membranes. Suicidal mania with tremulousness. Itching of skin worse on chest, shoulders, and face. Anesthesia of skin. This remedy may be given if Asterias Rubens fails. Dr. J.H.Clarke says, “I know of no remedy of such universal usefulness in cases of simple acne as Kali bromatum 30,” and the late Dr.A.M. Cushing recommended Arsenicum bromatum 4x as very efficacious.Thuja is one of our best remedies for acne facialis. Calcarea picrata is also a useful remedy for acne; clinically it has been found one of the good remedies. Calcarea sulphurica is indicated where the pimples suppurate.

Antimonium crudum

Small red pimples on face, acne in drunkards with gastric derangements, thirst and white-coated tongue. Face with sad expression Fat, fretful, cross and peevish; cries if looked at, touched or washed. Ecstatic, dreamy, sentimental. Pustules.

Note – No medicines should be taken without prior permission of Doctor

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