Acne is an incredibly common skin condition and effects up to 50% of young people. However, anyone can be prone to acne during their lifetime. Although usually confined to the face and neck, acne can also occur on the chest and back. Individuals who have acne can often feel embarrassed and have low self-esteem because of the appearance of their skin.
Below we share with you some practical treatments for acne.
Making changes to what you eat can help improve the appearance of your skin and reduce acne. Reducing your intake of carbohydrates, such as bread,pasta and sugars, can help clear your skin. This is due to the fact that these types of food can cause your blood sugar to spike, which in turn produces more insulin, which can then overstimulate the oil glands, helping to contribute to acne.
We all know the importance of sleep in helping with productivity and mental health. However, sleep is also important for our skin. When you get a good night’s sleep, you feel relaxed and less stressed. It is a well-known fact that stress can cause acne, because of the increased production of glucocorticoid, which in turn can damage the structure of the skin.
Gentle Facial Washing
When you are prone to acne, or are suffering from acne, you need to be gentle with your skin. Do not use any perfumed skin products, wash your face with a gentle facial wash and give your skin a break from makeup, allowing it breathe.
Drink Plenty Of Water
It is so very important that you drink plenty of water, at least a couple of litres each day. Water helps to rehydrate the skin, as well as flushing out any toxins.
Consume Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in foods such as flaxseed, nuts and salmon, as well as in supplement form. By regularly taking omega 3 fatty acids, you will see improvements in your skin because this fatty acid can reduce leukotriene B4 production, which is responsible for increasing sebum production.
Medication And Topical Creams
If you suffer from moderate to severe acne then there are topical creams and tablets that you can take in order to reduce acne.
Benzoyl peroxideThis is a topical cream that helps to reduce inflammation (redness of the skin) as well as helping to get rid of any bacteria.
Oxytetracycline This is an antibiotic that is available in 250g tablets. As with all antibiotics, you need to take the entire course, and it may take a few weeks to see any improvement.
Vitamin A creamThere has been much research that has found the huge benefits of using vitamin A cream to treat moderate acne. Vitamin A cream will help to unblock those skin pores, as well as reducing sebaceous oil production. Together with a gentle facial skin care regime, acne can be dramatically reduced.
Co-cyprindiol This medication is used to treat hormonal conditions in women such as polycyclic ovaries, which has been linked to the formation of acne.