Acne isn’t just a teenage problem. Many adults suffer from spots, pimples and blackheads and with the face, back and chest being prime areas for these nasty invaders, spotty areas are often visible to all. But why do we get spots?
Unfortunately, spots happen because the skin is doing such a great job in protecting our bodies. It is constantly at work replacing skin cells which make their way to the skin surface before dying and join the countless other dead skin cells to form a protective layer. When sebum from the hair follicles joins these skin cells on the outward journey it can sometimes be blocked if there are too many dead cells in the way. If bacteria get involved with this blockage the result is acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.
There are several simple ways to keep your skin in optimum health and get rid of, or prevent spots and acne. Try these tips before looking to dermatology for an answer.
Wash skin twice a day
No more, no less. Getting rid of everyday grime and pollution stops a nasty dirt and grease build up on the skin. Use a mild soap or cleanser, warm water and a clean facecloth and gently wash without stripping away all the oil in the skin. Don’t scrub too hard as this can irritate or weaken the skin.
Exercise reduces stress and as stress can be none of the main culprits for prompting the skin to increase oil production it makes sense to do some simple stress busting. Working out also helps to settle down unstable hormone levels, which will then reduce sebum production in the hair follicles.
Try not to touch your face
Our hands touch hundreds of things everyday, like door handles, petrol pump nozzles, coins and shop counters and everything we touch can contaminate the hands with dirt, sweat and unfortunately bacteria and viruses. Touching a face that is inflamed with acne is just going to transfer all sorts of contaminants, which could make the problem worsen. Using an anti-bacterial hand wash throughout the day may help prevent further problems.
A poor diet reflects in the skin so eats as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible especially those containing Vitamin C. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds all possess skin-boosting properties and try oily fish like mackerel for a boost of Essential Fatty Acids. Zinc rich foods are essential for acne prone skin as zinc is an antibacterial agent. Wheatgerm, pumpkin seeds, peanuts and liver all contain a lot of zinc. Take a multi-vitamin daily and drink lots of water.
Once the skin inflammation has gone gently exfoliate the skin on a weekly basis to prevent a build up of dead skin and debris. This will help prevent a recurrence of the acne breakout.