8 Ways To Conquer Acne

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Acne affects males and females worldwide, regardless of nationality. The most effective methods to combat acne include a combination of prevention and better skincare. Here are some of the ways you can use to prevent and treat acne.

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Reports show that over 90 percent of all adolescents and almost 25 percent of all adults suffer from acne at some time. Acne affects males and females worldwide, regardless of nationality. The most effective methods to combat acne include a combination of prevention and better skincare. Here are some of the ways you can use to prevent and treat acne:

1. Exercise

Regular exercise can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. But avoid wearing tight lycra and nylon exercise outfits. These synthetic fabrics that tend to trap body moisture and heat, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Stick to loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends, and keep your sports gear and equipment clean.

2. Safe Cosmetics

To avoid pore-clogging and skin irritations that can contribute to acne, use products labeled "noncomedogenic" or "oil-free." Opt for "hypo-allergenic" perfumes and cosmetics to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritation. Coal tar derivatives, carmine and heavy cream in blushes can cause reactions.

Shimmering facial colors can contain a flaky mineral called mica that can cause skin irritations and clog pores. Use a lip gloss with a matte finish for less pore-clogging. The more the shine, the more then comedogenic content and the more your pores can clog.

3. Healthy Diet

Studies show that diet does not play a role in either the cause or the treatment of acne. However, what is best for your body is best for your skin. So make sure you get enough vitamins, minerals and supplements that have been known and recommended to prevent and help conquer acne breakouts. These include

  • Vitamin A or Retinol (High doses are toxic)
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • L-Carnitine
  • Zinc

A good quality brand name multivitamin will probably have the recommended vitamins and minerals that you need to help with acne prevention. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day and making good, healthy dietary food choices.

4. Hormonal Treatment

Hormones (or a lack of them) during later years, especially for women, can play a role in acne flare-ups and prevention. One recent study showed that about 50 percent of women have acne, referred to as hormonal acne, problems during the week before their menstruation.

Treatment options include topical retinoids, oral antibiotics, and Benzoyl Peroxide for teen years. For adults oral contraceptives or hormonal birth control pills and hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) may be helpful for women, combined with systemic or topical treatments, prescription or over-the-counter products and medications.

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5. Healthy Skin Regimen

Avoid harsh scrubbing or over-washing, because this can cause possible skin irritation or possible over production of oil to replace what's washed off, clogging pores in the process. Use products with gentle exfoliation ingredients and skip products that contain alcohol.

6. Acne Products

Some of the more popular products on the market that can prevent acne include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Proactiv Solution
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Retinoids
  • Antibiotics
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Anti-Androgens
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane)

7. Shaving

Shaving is actually an excellent way of exfoliating or removing dead skin to help with the prevention and spreading of acne instead of leaving the remains to clog pores. And for some light acne cases already in process, shaving can help rid whiteheads and blackheads from the face. Do not shave areas that are sore or infected. Use a shaving cream for sensitive skin.

Shave with a sharp blade. Use gentle swipes instead of heavy pressure and go with the flow or "grain." A single-edged blade is better than a twin-blade razor. Electric razors may not shave as close to the skin, but they help with the prevention of acne and other skin breakouts and flare-ups better.

8. Stress

Stress includes external and internal stressors. External Stressors are those that compromise your skin's ability to heal, like oily make-up and too much sun. Internal stressors like anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, depression and a variety of other internalized emotions, can trigger chemical reactions inside your body that can result in acne flare-ups and other skin irritations.

To combat internal stressors and prevent acne problems, get plenty of rest and sleep. Try to maintain regular hours. Keep a checklist of "Things that Calm You" handy for stressful times, like reading a book, resting, listening to music, taking a walk, going out for an ice cream cone, etc.

Copyright 2005 Priya Shah

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Priya Shah is the editor of Health Naturale Health-naturale.com

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This is great because I've had 3 zits that have not been going away! These new tips will probably help me.
This is awesome! I hope these tips help me.
B5 Pantothenic Acid 10 grams a day for 3 months then cycling down ... this brings you to toxicity levels (like Accutane but without the harmful effects).... MINERAL POWDERS ARE AWFUL FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN,,, they can activate and irritate the skin.
I am in my 30's and this past year have recently come in to severe adult acne. I have studied skin and have worked in the cosmetics industry for the past 13 yrs. I am currently a national makeup- artist. Here are some things that I can say that will IRRITATE and CREATE acne or even ACTIVATE acne.Also I will give you some good pointers and things that have saved me and my skin ... If you have any questions about any products out in the cosmetic world PLEASE don't hesitate to ask after all this is all i know smile.gif MINERAL MAKE UP IS A BIG NO... Trust me ... Most if not all dermatologists will agree. (I have seen horrible acne get much worse) SPF in COSMETICS.... this can definitely cause an inflammation and irritate acne ...get your SPF from your creams they use a different type in face makeup FAT BURNERS.... depending on what kind... fat burners containing ephedrine..high amounts of caffeine or other stimulants can activate acne on a large scale (think of it as synthetic speed.. what does speed aka "meth" do to peoples skin?) BIRTH CONTROL..... sometimes birth control can actually interfere with hormones and create acne ...I say just make sure that is not causing the issue( It has also been known to regulate hormones and help with Acne) DAIRY PRODUCTS... if you have CYSTIC acne ... try stopping all dairy products.. a large majority of people with acne don't realize they could be having an allergic response to dairy FRAGRANCE/PERFUMES.... make sure all your make up and face wash is OIL FREE and FRAGRANCE FREE. CHEAP DRUGSTORE MAKEUP .... NOT a good idea being that cheaper ingredients goes in to these products along with multiple "fillers" SALICYLIC ACID...... this burns the top layer of the skin.. although you might have an immediate effect, your acne will come right back leaving you with skin pigmentations. BENZOYL PEROXIDE.... works temporarily for spot treatments but not something you want to saturate your face with. NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF******* eusa_dance.gif B5 PANTOTHENIC ACID.... Works like Acutane without the awful side effects.. start out with 10 grams (about 20 capsules of 500 mg) a day for the first 3 months then each week cycle down a gram... this slows down oil production with little to no side effects. VITAMIN E for Scaring is amazing to put on the areas that are starting to scar (its been a lifesaver) WATER... Lots and LOTS of water gives your skin its hydration when your skin is dry it fights to produce more oil and in turn creating acne . ANTIBIOTICS... work great for people that have acne for a short time and its not on going. HYDROCORTIZONE.... this has been a huge part in my skin clearing .... the more dosage of cortizone the better .. this works great if you get clusters of little pimples followed by rashesACNE CURES AND CURSES!!!!FIGHTING ACNE AND WHAT CAUSES IT!!!WHAT CREATES AND ACTIVATES ACNE
I have one question about HYDROCORTIZONE. Are you talking about the cream? I have acne on my face, getting worse and worse with each day. Do I just use Hydrocortizone cream on my face?
Here is a great article on MedicineNet about the type of cortisone product that helps acne: It is a solution and not a pill. http://www.medicinenet.com/hydrocortisone-benzoyl_peroxide-topical/article.htm
Im in my 20 and I have severe.acne I tried everything and I still breakout.and yea I have scars but im thinking maybe is my lack of vitamins any suggestions of what brand of multivitamin would be best?
As a nurse I do NOT recommend using hydrocortisone on your face! It is a steroid and causes thinning of tissue (subcutaneous fat atrophy, thin/fragile skin-which is permanent), can cause excessive pigmentation where applied, among other possible effects! Please do peer reviewed research before posting recommendations that could cause long term effects!