Sometimes acne can feel like it’s totally out of our control. Those zits don’t budge, no matter how many products are used. Isn’t that frustrating? Caring for acne prone skin is more than just slathering on acne removal products; it may involve lifestyle modifications too.
According to a research study published by the Global Burden of Disease (a World Health Organization WHO project), acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting about 85% of young adults. Acne is more common in teenagers, but anyone can get this skin condition.
Acne is not limited to affecting the face – many people get these unsightly and painful spots on their neck, shoulder, back and chest too. In fact, acne can occur anywhere other than the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.
Types of acne
Whiteheads and blackheads: Also known as comedones, these are the most common lesions experienced with acne. Whiteheads occurs beneath the surface of the skin while blackheads occur at the surface of the skin.
Papules: These are small red bumps that occur due to skin inflammation or infection.
Pustules: These are small red pimples that are full of pus on the tip.
Nodules: These are solid lumps that form underneath the skin. They are often painful.
Cysts: These are large pus-filled lumps that develop beneath the skin. They’re painful but are soft compared to nodules.
Tips to Manage Acne
Clean your skin
Oil is one of the major causes of acne, so keeping your face clean and your hair away from the face is essential. Wash your skin once or twice a day and exfoliate your skin at least once a week. Avoid excessive skin washing or scrubbing as it can aggravate the skin condition. Clean your skin gently with a mild and non-drying soap or body wash.
No picking and popping
It is super tempting to pop that pimple. But doing so can lead to the spread of acne. This can also transfer bacteria into other pores and make a small pimple turn into deep, inflamed acne.
Opt for non-comedogenic products
Sometimes non-comedogenic products go by the name of oil-free, non-acnegenic, or simply “won’t clog pores.” Every product used in acne-prone areas should ideally be “oil-free, non-comedogenic.” It’s best to check the full ingredients list before using.
Don’t give up on exercise. Many people with acne stop exercising because they believe sweating seems to make it worse. In fact, exercise will keep you healthy and help in unblocking pores by making you sweat. Just make sure you wash your skin right after exercise, preferably before the sweat dries up.
Eat healthy food
Almonds, kidney beans, blueberries and avocados are among a range of foods that may help to reduce and prevent inflammation. This may make your skin less likely to develop painful and inflamed spots that can make life miserable. Avoid refined carbohydrates like white flour, sweeteners like sugarcane, soda or sweetened beverages.
Mild acne can be treated with over-the-counter products. But keep in mind that these products may not suit your skin type and may worsen the skin problem. It is recommended to consider making an appointment with a medical expert before a mild acne condition reaches a moderate or severe level.
Homeopathy treatment for acne
Homeopathy treatment is a natural and side-effect free medium that treats a condition with medicines made from herbal, biological or mineral substances. It can treat acne deeply because it focuses on the exact causes of the disease.
Homeopathy treatment differs from other conventional treatment as every homeopathic remedy is individualized to the person. A homeopathy remedy is selected based on a person’s unique set of symptoms and root causes.
The homeopathic medicines are effective because they are selected after a complete understanding and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and psychological symptoms, etc.
According to a case study published by the World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, a selective group of acne patients was treated with homeopathic medicines along with a control group treated only with a placebo. Out of 100 cases, 97 cases which were treated with homeopathic medicines showed promising results within six months. In most of these cases, the patients got their pre-infection status within 3 months.
We tend to ignore acne and other skin issues believing it will go away with time but it can be challenging in many cases. It is advisable to consult a homeopathic dermatologist who can provide a customized homeopathic treatment plan for acne. Book an appointment for side-effect free acne treatment.