If you ask a teenager to describe their worst day they will often start out talking about how when they woke up they looked in the mirror and all they could see was a huge zit in the middle of their face. They will then tell a tale of how everyone seemed to be staring at the zit all day long or how it ruined their date that they had been looking forward to for so long. To a teenager, having an acne breakout is one of the worst things that could happen and many of them just want to crawl into a hole until the pimple disappears.
The problem with doing that is that acne breakouts will occur throughout their teenage years and at some point the teenager will have to come out and face the rest of the world. It is not practical to hide away when faced with a pimple, but if you learned a few home remedies for acne, the problems that are caused by a pimple might not be so bad. If you can learn to limit the breakouts and how to treat them effectively when they do occur, they can wake up and greet every day with a smile.
Let’s First Look at the Causes of Acne
The causes of acne are numerous. It is generally a combination of diet, heredity, hormones and other factors. Some of these things are beyond an individual’s control. You cannot choose who your parents and you might not be able to choose the environment that you live in. Other things are within your control. You can eat certain foods and you can maintain good hygiene standards. You can reduce or eliminate stress and you can treat breakouts as soon as they appear.
Pimples occur when oil that is naturally produced by the skin cannot escape the skin because of a clogged pore. The oil builds up and becomes the perfect medium for bacteria to grow creating a small infection. The infection that results will be seen as a pimple. The natural response for many people is to pop the pimple, but this usually makes the situation worse instead of resolving the problem. Instead turn to a few basic home remedies for zits that will help prevent them and that will help treat them.
Cystic acne is a much more severe type of acne that occurs deeper in the skin and is harder to treat. Trying a cystic acne home remedy is worth an attempt, but the severity of this type of acne will usually require the help of a trained health professional.
There are three primary areas of focus you can take to help prevent an acne outbreak. They are: stress reduction, healthy diet, and proper hygiene. Stress has been shown to increase the frequency of breakouts and should be controlled as best as possible. This is often a hard thing to do in our modern society. Teenagers and adults alike are under constant pressure from teachers and bosses. Social anxieties and worries about the future place a lot of stress on people. It is hard to do, but reducing stress is key in reducing acne. There are natural remedies for anxiety and stress reduction such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. Exercise and rest also play a big part in stress reduction. And drink lots of water. This helps flush out toxins.
When it comes to eating the key is to follow a healthy diet. It is important to get all of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs in the food you eat. To help prevent breakouts one of the most important of the home remedies for acne is eating a diet that includes whole foods, not processed food, and especially foods that contain important vitamins such as Vitamins A, B3, C, E, and K. Certain vitamins play a huge role in keeping your skin healthy which translates into fewer breakouts. Some of these vitamins can be applied directly to the skin instead of ingested for a more direct effect. Foods such as egg whites and avocados have been shown to help keep the skin healthy. When it comes to those cravings for “unhealthy food”, instead of worrying about avoiding these foods, try to think about eating the right ones. If you do that, you will be able to enjoy the foods that you crave, as long as you do so in moderation.
Finally, proper hygiene is key in order to keep the skin clean. This can be accomplished by washing the face at least twice a day. Use a mild cleanser, perhaps one designed specifically for controlling acne, warm water, and a clean soft towel. Over washing the face can dry out the skin and cause other problems. It is also important to find cosmetic products and sunscreens that will not clog the skin. When cosmetics and sunscreens are not avoidable, make sure to wash them of as soon as possible.
Treating the Acne
Despite the best efforts, pimples will occur from time to time. When they do it is good to find ways to treat the pimples so that they can go away as fast as possible. While severe cases of acne may require the help of a physician there are home remedies to get rid of acne that have been proven effective.
Honey and a homemade face wash that includes cider vinegar and water can help open the pores and clean the skin so that any blemishes will go away relatively quickly. Some natural home remedies to get rid of whiteheads and/or blackheads focus on things that can act as a topical antibiotic. Lavender, in the form of lavender oil, will help with the infection that occurs when a pimple is formed. Crushed garlic mixed into boiled milk has also been known to take advantage of garlic’s natural antibacterial properties.
It is important to continue to do the things that can prevent a breakout even after one has already occurred. Eating a healthy diet, washing your skin and hair to keep oil from building up on your skin and keeping the stress out of your life will help you resolve any breakouts that do occur.
The most powerful tool that people have for good health is their mind. If you have a positive outlook on things, you will be able to stay healthier overall. If your body is healthy, your immune system is going to be healthy. That will help you fight off any breakouts naturally. Instead of thinking as a pimple as the end of the world, accept it and move on.
The great thing about home remedies for acne is that anyone can do them. You can choose to do as much as you want or as little as you want. Many of the things that can help you prevent or treat acne are found in everyone’s home. Take stock of what you have to get the best use out of everything and you will be less affected by acne breakouts.