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Taking Care Of Acne

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Whatever you want to call them, adult acne can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem to have. Some people don't go through a teenage spotty phase before they are affected by painful adult acne.

Teenage acne and adult acne are different, so the latter requires a different approach to treatment. The lower half of the face is usually where adult acne appears; teen acne is normally on the upper face. Adult acne comes up under the skin, which can't be drained; it is deeper and appears as a cyst.

So where does this acne come from?

An acne occurs when sebum, the lubricant that naturally moisturizers our skin and hair is trapped under dead skin cells and debris in a hair follicle. Normally, sebum conditions the skin when it rises to the surface. If sebum clogs the pore and gets trapped, it creates an excellent environment for bacteria to multiply in. Inflammation, cyst, pustules, whiteheads and blackheads are the result. If left untreated, these can erupt, creating stretched large pores, unsightly scars and even post-inflammatory pigmentation.

To achieve a new equilibrium for the skin to maintain its own healthy, breakout-free appearance without harsh chemicals and irritants, and treat adult acne effectively, we have to look at addressing the internal causes of acne and have a long term approach using appropriate skin treatments and skin care.

Treating acne will be easier if you follow these recommendations:

Check for food intolerances first; inflammation and toxicity in the system can result from excess burden on the digestive tract or immune system, worsening acne. Skin is the largest organ of elimination, so any toxins that aren't eliminated properly through the bowel can cause congestion and oxidation in the skin.

Find nutritional deficiencies and develop a plan for supplements that is tailored to your needs. Nutrient rich, high fiber foods, fruits and vegetables, and essential fatty acids should be part of your daily diet. Antioxidant nutrients specific for skin health include supplements like Vitamin A, C, E complex. They support collagen production, help repair skin and balance hormones, increase elasticity and hydration, balance oxidation in the skin, and reduce inflammation.

A balanced, anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in nutrient dense foods is essential for skin health. You will improve digestion and elimination, restore your acid/alkaline balance, maintain healthier insulin levels, and support a normal hormone profile. The basic diet for acne is grounded in plant based foods, lean protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber rich complex carbohydrates.

You can work toward achieving an acne free complexion by addressing the internal causes of acne.

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