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Natural ways to reduce and prevent acne

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Acne is a common skin condition that affects 80% of the female population and 90% of male teenagers. However, acne can occur at any age. For instance, many pregnant women and women who experience menopause suffer from acne due to the changes in their hormones.

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A large growing number of adults experience acne for various reasons. Some causes of adult acne are due to stress, changing in hormone levels and medications.

Tip to help reduce and prevent acne from occurring

You should cleanse your face and body to aid in the reduction and prevention of acne. "It's very important to cleanse your skin every day," says dermatologist Doris Day, MD, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Doris Day suggests:

  1. Wash your face no more than twice a day.
  2. Use cool or warm water and a gentle cleanser.
  3. Use your hands, a baby washcloth (it's gentler than a regular one), or a cleansing brush for 30 seconds.
  4. Pat (do not rub) your skin dry.

Staying away from unprocessed foods may benefit people with acne. Try to eat at least five servings of vegetables per day and at least one serving of fruit per day. Stay away from eating refined sugar. Eliminate fried foods and trans fats such as milk, milk products, margarine, shortening, and other hydrogenated vegetable oils from your daily diet.

You should increase foods containing healthy omega-3 oils such as ground flaxseeds and sardines. Chocolate, caffeine, carbonated beverages; iodized salt, shellfish, wheat and/or milk products can cause or worsen the acne in some people.

Drink at least eight glasses of day of water. Increase fiber intake. In addition to eating fresh vegetables and fruit, choose whole grains. Some people may benefit from a one- to four-week liver detox diet based on fresh vegetables and fruit.

Vitamins that help to reduce and prevent acne

Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps to reduce the production of sebum. However, high doses of vitamin A can carry a risk of decreased bone density, birth defects, headache, and muscle and joint pain. Sexually active women of childbearing age should not take more than 5,000 IU per day unless they are under the guidance of a professional. Vitamin A supplementation may not be necessary if there is adequate intake of beta-carotene, vitamin E, and zinc, all necessary for vitamin A formation.

Zinc: Zinc, especially in the form of zinc gluconate or zinc sulfate, can help prevent acne. Zinc helps heal blemishes, reduces inflammation, and reduces androgenic hormonal effects on the skin.

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 may help premenstrual or mid-cycle acne. This vitamin is essential for the proper metabolism of steroid hormones and can reduce the sensitivity of skin to the effects of testosterone.

Herbal Supplements

Sarsaparilla, Yellow dock, Burdock, and Cleavers: An equal blend of these three herbal extracts may help get rid of acne. These herbs are powerful blood and lymph cleansers. The recommended dosage is a teaspoon per day of this blend. It can be taken three times per day combined with a healthy diet.

Tea Oil: Tea tree oil applied to acne lesions may help to eliminate bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Other Alternative Methods: massage, yoga, exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, and meditation can help people with skin problems. They can help to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage and speed the healing of blemishes.

If you are taking medications or have a medical condition, refrain from taking vitamins and herbal supplements without first checking with your doctor. Certain vitamins, herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs can combine to cause adverse side effects. Just because vitamins and herbal supplements come from, a “natural” source does not render it any less potent than any other chemicals you may ingest.

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