Love Your Skin: 10 Remedies to cure your acne
Our skin is a map of our body’s functioning system and overall health. Healthy skin is one that constantly gets rid of toxins through proper hydration, cleansing, and eating a nutrient-rich diet. Unhealthy skin is the polar opposite, usually exacerbated by poor nutrition, hormonal imbalance and the lack of a proper skincare regime.
When acne strikes, it may cause self-esteem and confidence issues, impacting interpersonal relationships and professional performance. Though acne can happen to anyone at anytime, it is not difficult to treat. Today, there is an arsenal of options for the treatment of acne – from newest technologies to age-old trusted solutions. We have curated the best of the best, to help you combat acne and miraculously change your skin:
1. Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) works by exhibiting high intensity pulses to penetrate and enhance your skin, helping to stimulate new collagen and targets sebaceous glands, a common precursor to acne. IPL stimulates new collagen to form in the skin thereby reducing fine lines, minimizing pore size and acne scars, and increasing skin elasticity. It also diminishes flushing or redness of the face associated with Rosacea, reduces brown spots, erases broken capillaries, and smoothens rough textured skin.
2. Photo Dynamic Therapy
I-Clear is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment for moderate inflammatory acne (pimples) in all age groups. I-Clear utilizes innovative Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) technology to effectively target acne-causing bacteria without thermally affecting surrounding tissues using light. I-Clear’s pure blue light means that virtually all of the energy targets the bacteria, making it the most powerful, non-invasive tool available.
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Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the two most common acne treatments. It is usually prescribed by the dermatologist or over the counter. Prior to this, consult a dermatologist for the mosts uitable and safest option for your face. Retinoids is another option that can help to combat dead skin cells from clogging your pores. It directly reduces the amount of oil your skin produces. For more severe cases, Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane is used to treat nodular acne. Accutane can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects. Therefore, always consult with a physician and never use Accutane if you are pregnant.
4. Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing
Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing utilises ultrasonic wave motions for the removal of aged surface skin cells, and surface impurities such as blackheads and whiteheads. The therapy is excellent for acne-prone, clogged or blemished skin. It can also be done as part of a maintenance regime for those wishing to retain a spot-free and poreless appearance.
5. LED Red
LED Red, a revolutionary medical breakthrough for gentle skin renewal, skin healing and pore reduction. This treatment represents a very gentle and non-invasive method to produce healthy skin. The emitted light is “coded” to promote healthy skin cell changes such as improved skin healing, increased collagen synthesis and oil reduction.
6. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are designed to improve and smoothen the texture of the facial skin. The naturally occurring “fruit acids” in these treatments will remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Removing this top layer (where most visible wrinkles are) allows the healthier skin cells to come through, allowing your skin to glow, and giving it radiance and a smoother texture. Your facial blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation will improve. Acne will be better controlled, and acne scars will be softened.
Moisturising is an important step for your skin, even if you are prone to acne and oil. There are certain myths which suggests that oily skin does not need moisturisers. However, that is certainly untrue. Using products for the treatment of your acne can cause a certain amount of drying. It is recommended to use a moisturiser one that is specifically catered to oily skin, and includes an added sun SPF component, so you do not have to use too many products at one go. Akin to popular belief, coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils on earth especially if you have dry skin. In some studies, coconut oil is found to have bacterial killing properties on acne. There is an ever-increasing need for the use of coconut oil as it contains antioxidants that replenishes hydration loss from the skin. You can easily make a homemade daily skin moisturiser for your skin. Remember not to use in any excess as there could be a possibility of a breakout occurring.
8. Get out of the Sun
For skin that is prone to acne breakouts, it is wise to avoid sun exposure. A surprising fact about UV rays is that it produces pigment producing cells. This increases the risk of acne scarring. Hence, you should turn to methods of sun protection such as sun block, and natural ingredients such as olive oil. There are also a certain number of hours of the day which should be avoided due to its peak in temperature and intensity of sunlight. The higher the intensity, the quicker it is to penetrate your skin resulting in pigmentation.
9. Low-Glycemic Diets
A recent study suggests that following a low glycemic index diet—that means one with less refined sugars, carbohydrates, and sugar-containing foods—may result in fewer acne outbreaks. As the glycemic index goes up, it affects insulin production and all the hormones. They are all in a delicate balance—your female hormones are in balance with your thyroid hormones, which are in balance with your insulin. When you have more in one area, it’s like a domino effect on the others.
10. Got Milk?
Clinical studies have recently established a link between milk consumption and acne. Milk contains testosterone precursors, which cause increased sebum production. What’s fascinating is that one study found that of all milk, skim milk has the strongest correlation with acne, and some hypothesise that skim milk has less oestrogen than whole milk. The thing is, switching to organic milk won’t remove your exposure. All milk naturally contains androgens and IGF-1, a hormone that may be a precursor to breakouts.