Topical Good Things
Help your skin help itself.See also Good Things for Sebum Quality
Acne is not about cleanliness. The bacteria on your skin is the least important factor in acne formation. The pores have to get clogged first
and except in cases of some extreme environment full of pollutants, or pore clogging topicals, they get clogged way below the surface by dead skin cells that don't exfoliate properly. That's where you want to try to stop acne. Acne comes from the inside and there's no benefit and quite a lot of harm from scrubbing your face, harsh cleansers and anti-bacterial soaps and topicals.Take care of your Acid Mantle
. This is the level of acidity on the surface of your skin created by sweat and sebum. It should be about 5.5 with 'normal ranges' between 4.5 -6. It protects your skin from bacteria and fungus as few can survive in an acidic environment. The PH level is also important for the function of the enzymes that separate skin cells so they are shed freely without clogging pores.
The acid mantle gets washed away with soap, which is alkaline, and can take many hours to restore. Meanwhile your skin is vulnerable to bacteria and fungus. Importance of Skin PH thread.
Avoid harsh, irritating soap, cleanser, and topicals. Wash with water only or when using alkaline cleansers, follow with something acidic such as the diluted ACV toner below. But why waste money on cleansers when they don't help? Note, even plain tap water is slightly alkaline.Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
- Mix 1/3 or less vinegar with filtered water. Or better yet, brewed green tea
which is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant (may prevent free radical damage from sun, pollution), reduces the oxidation of skin lipids a factor in acne, may inhibit DHT and reduce oiliness, soothing, and seems to help with the vinegar smell. The ACV is also a mild exfoliant.
Avoid exposure to chlorine: Get a shower filter
to filter out the chlorine. If you take baths, there are also vitamin C bath balls that bind up the chlorine. Both of which will have the added benefit of stopping you from breathing in the chlorine in the form of vapor. And don't hang out in pools or hot tubs. Free residual chlorine in bathing water reduces the water-holding capacity of the stratum corneum in atopic skin..Study involving 10 minute exposure at concentrations similar to that in swimming pools. Effect of regular sauna on epidermal barrier function and stratum corneum water-holding capacity in vivo in humans: a controlled study.
A more stable epidermal barrier function, an increase in stratum corneum hydration, a faster recovery of both elevated water loss and skin pH after exposure to 2 x 15 min sauna at 80 degrees C could be demonstrated in volunteers with regular sauna. Heart beat rate and ionic concentration in sweat as well as epidermal blood perfusion showed a training effect under regular sauna. A decrease in casual skin sebum content on the skin surface of the forehead was observed in these volunteers.
I wonder if the same results can be obtained with an infrared sauna. I'm not sitting in a hot room.Oils -
Jojoba, Camellia, rose hip seed, almond, grape seed or other plant oils. There are claims that rose hip seed oil has retinoids or retinoid like properties and is used for scars in South America. Acne prone skin/sebum has been found to be deficient in linoleic acid
. (also applies to other skin problems and to other animals) but doesn't necessarily correlate to a dietary or systemic deficiency, just topical. Topical application has been found to correct this and can be done by applying it elsewhere on the body although results will be slower. Linoleic acid is an important component in sebum that functions normally protecting skin and has many benefits. More info: Grapeseed and Safflower oils are both over 70% linoleic acid. These oils are prone to oxidation and should come only from a quality source, be in a dark bottle and should be stored in the refrigerator. http://www.acne.org/...pical-solution/Castor oil/Oil cleansing
- google it. Especially good for removing makeup. Helps clear blackheads.The oxidative breakdown of squalene and other skin lipids may be directly 'acnegenic to the skin' and topical application of antioxidant nutrients Vitamins E, A and C were found to support of normal keratinization http://www.ncbi.nlm....32/?tool=pubmed
Other antioxidants include zinc, sulfur/quercetin, D, green tea, nicotinamide, caratinoids, CoQ10, lactoferrin, etc. see this journal article about the role of oxidation of squalene in sebum and acne http://www.ncbi.nlm....32/?tool=pubmedTopical Nutrition Antioxidant/anti-inflammatories
absorbable through the skin
-Polyphenols in tea and coffee
-A - various retinol and tretinoin creams
-C - Needed produce collagen
-E in the form of d-alpha-tocopherol
-Niacinimide- also helps with hyperpigmentation. There is a prescription acne topical involving niacinimide. More below.
-Vitamin D from the sun - antioxidant and anti-comodone...
- Zinc and sulfur
. It's usually sulfur that provides the benefit in those old world mineral hot springs, baths and spas. There are all kinds of prepared ointments, soaps and lotions. Or use epsom salt or tumeric (can stain) for sulfur and mineral powder makeup and mineral sunscreen for zinc.
Clay powder for masks - Many people like the Aztec Indian Healing clay powder that can be mixed with various ingredients such as ACV. Or you can buy food grade bentonite clay to use internally and externally. People also use it in tooth powder that can help remineralize teeth. It can be sodium bentonite or calcium bentonite. Or a mix.
Or Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
- a dirt cheap sulfur and zinc filled clay mask. People used to rave about it. I don't know why I don't see it mentioned much anymore. Clay masks can worsen dry skin
Other:Milk of Magnesia
- Topical application absorbs oil and some magnesium gets absorbed through the skin which is very beneficial. But!!!,
It's alkaline and the surface of your skin should be acidic to protect it from bacteria and other microbes. So use with caution. Maybe consider limiting this to days when you really need to look your best, won't be able to blot away oils for some reason like makeup, really humid miserable days, etc. And first apply something acidic to neutralize the alkalinity like diluted ACV. Some people have reported success with Magnesium citrate, with the citrate implying that it is more acidic. It's a clear liquid, usually in a glass bottle (which is always a good thing) that I've only seen in dollar stores. Epsom Salt Soaks/Baths/concoctions
- Rich in sulfur and magnesium which are absorbed through the skin. Good for wounds and all kinds of skin irritations. Also relaxes muscles and will really help you sleep. epsomsaltcouncil.orgAloe Vera
- soothes all kinds of irritations. Reduces inflammation and therefore scarring. Supposedly the same PH as skin should be. Worked as well for my rosacea as the prescription cream I was prescribed. And good for mixing in other ingredients for your own topical concoctions. Also makes a good hair gel, I hear.BHA/Salicylic Acid
- Hydroxy acid that specifically helps exfoliate inside of pores.For Hyperpigmentation
According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, author of the Skin Type Solution
, topical products containing soy increase hyperpigmentation because of their phyto-estrogens. Unless, the manufacturer has removed the estrogenic components as she says Aveeno, Neutrogena and RoC do. And if so, soy can help. However, the CosmeticsCop kinda says the opposite
.Dr Baumann, a mainstream, non-holistic pro-drugs-and-topicals doctor recommends a diet low in high glycemic foods and high in anti-inflammatory foods for acne sufferers, btw.Niacinimide
- Does all kinds of good things like helping with hyperpigmentation, skin elasticity and acne. I mix a capsule with aloe vera. Olay and Paula's choice also have products with niacinimide.Kojic acid
- inhibits melanin production
Edited by alternativista, 19 June 2012 - 04:44 PM.