Quick fixes for acne
What Causes Acne?
Acne starts when pores become blocked with excess oil, acne bacteria, and dead skin cells.
Every single pore is connected to a sebaceous gland, which creates an oily substance called sebum. When extra sebum is produced it can clog up pores, causing the growth of bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes.
Your white blood cells attack Propionibacterium acnes, leading to acne and skin inflammation. Common symptoms include pimples blackheads and whiteheads. But some cases of acne are more severe than others.
Many factors contribute to the development of acne, including poor diet, poor habits of skin care routines, hormone changes, stress, genetics, and infections.
Reduce Swelling with Ice
For swollen pimples, gently apply ice for a minute or so. (Ice Therapy)
Aloe Vera is commonly used to treat rashes, burns and other skin conditions. Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne (01). Several studies have shown that applying salicylic acid to the skin significantly reduces acne (02, 03, 04, 05, 06)
Take a Fish Oil Supplement
For the past 6 months or so I have made it a point to have a proper skin care routine every night with a few of my favorite products it’s something I do to relax and call it a day, My nighttime routine includes taking my vitamins(Fish Oil supplement), I know some of us take it in the morning but I personally prefer to take it at night since my morning is always fully packed with work, ever since I started taking my fish oil supplement I have noticed that my skin feels and looks healthier than before.
I personally rub a capsule on my skin at least once a month, however, this may not work for you, but I believe that if you leave it on for a few seconds and rinse leaving no residual it may not lead to a breakout. But patch test first case everyone has different skin types and one product may or may not work for everyone.
Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly healthy fats that offer a multitude of health benefits. Fish oils contain two main types of omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA benefits the skin in several ways, including managing oil production, maintaining adequate hydration and preventing acne (07, 08).
You can also get omega-3 fatty acids by eating salmon, sardines, anchovies, walnuts, chia seeds and ground flaxseeds. Yum!
Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells. It can be achieved by using a scrub to physically remove the cells.
Exfoliation is believed to prevent acne by removing the skin cells that clog up pores. It is also believed to make acne treatments for the skin more effective by allowing them to penetrate deeper, once the topmost layer of skin is removed.
Cut Back on Dairy
We all know how hot it is right now in Sri Lanka, recently I started to break out and I was still doing my skincare routine and nothing had changed. I was wondering what may have caused it, then I had an “aha” moment, I ate ice cream 4 days in a row, and that was the reason for my breakout.
The relationship between dairy and acne is highly controversial. Drinking milk and consuming dairy products exposes you to hormones, which may cause hormonal changes and lead to acne (09).
The hormones released during periods of stress may increase sebum production and skin inflammation, making acne worse In fact, multiple studies have linked stress to an increase in acne severity (10, 11). What’s more, stress can slow wound healing by up to 40%, which may slow the repair of acne lesions (12).
Something I personally still work-on is trying to get exercise in my daily routine since most of my time is spent researching formulating I personally don’t get enough exercise. But what I have learned is exercise promotes healthy blood circulation. The increase in blood flow helps nourish the skin cells, which may help prevent and heal acne.
Exercise also plays a role in hormone regulation (13, 14). It’s recommended that healthy adults exercise for 30 minutes 3–5 times per week. This can include walking, hiking, running and lifting weights etc.
The Bottom Line
Acne is a common problem with a number of underlying causes. However, conventional treatments can cause dryness, redness, and irritation. It is always best to try natural products than going for something with chemicals. The home remedies listed in this article may not work for everyone, but they just might be worth a try. Nevertheless, you may want to consult a dermatologist if you have severe acne.