Acne is an inflammatory skin condition characterized as clogged pores, blackheads, and pimples. The oil glands (sebaceous gland) release oily material known as sebum that lubricates hair and skin. When the glands generate too much oily substance that combines with dead skin cells, the follicles become blocked and inflamed. Without proper treatment, the inflammation can flare up into the deeper level of our skin, the dermis.
Acne is most familiar in youth. In grown-ups, acne persists longer in women, but men are more expected to have more severe cases. Although acne is not a dangerous health threat, severe acne can be distressing and may cause permanent scarring.
Inflammation Exacerbates Acne And Causes Acne Scars
Acne has been linked to inflammation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Other causes such as enhanced sebum secretion, follicular hyper keratinization (the process in which cells from beneath the skin are changed to hair and nails), attack of acne bacteria can also initiates acne.
The following reasons may intensify acne:
– Personal history of acne
– Hormonal ups and downs during adolescence, pregnancy, or menstruation
– Using fatty skin care or hair products
– Taking certain prescriptions such as corticosteroids and oral contraceptives
– Crushing and pulling blackheads
– High glycemic diets and certain foods such as milk and whey protein-based products.
Cooling Off Inflammation Is Critical For Acne Cure
Acne and acne marks are the consequence of inflammation within the skin. The scar is created by the wound trying to rebuild itself leaving large amounts of collagen in one area. Inflamed acne are identifiable with red marks. These reddish acne marks can diminish with time which may take months to years, whereas acne scars may go on forever if untreated.
The best method of limiting scarring is to treat acne early enough by minimizing the amount and the duration of inflammation.
Cooling Inflammation With Anti-inflammatory Remedies
Many herbs and natural medicine have been used safely for centuries to treat inflammatory skin disorders including acne. Most widespread anti-inflammatory remedies include goldthread, turmeric, aloe vera, tea tree oil, green tea extracts, chamomile, echinacea, mangosteen, resveratrol, etc.
Anti-inflammatory herbs provide several advantages:
– Diminishing inflammation and inflammation-related injury and pigmentation without dangerous side effects and risk of developing drug resistance
– Nurturing healthy immune response against allergens, oxidative stress, and infections
– Reestablishing endogenous (i.e., derived internally) antioxidants, the most effective disease-fighting molecules in the body
– Nourishing irritated skin and promoting healthy wound healing
Other Methods That Can Relieve Acne
Acne is a chronic condition often involving the therapy for a long period of time. There is an increasing concern that treatment with antibiotic for extended time can lead to antibiotic resistance, and is linked with undesirable effects. Additionally, pregnant women should avoid retinoids, isotretinoin, and antibiotics because they can be harmful to the fetus.
Following alternative approaches have been helpful to relieve acne:
– Low carbohydrate foods may help keep blood sugar stable with less insulin spike.
– Zinc deficiency can cause acne. Zinc supplement may support growth and wound healing. However, high dosages of zinc can cause anemia, vomiting, and immune system suppression. Zinc also interacts with tetracycline, which is often advised for acne treatment.
– Topical Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) may have anti-inflammatory, anti-irritation, and skin turnover properties.
– Oral L-carnitine helps the body turn fat into energy, lowers oxidative stress.
– Vitamin A is necessary for the safeguarding of healthy skin and hormonal stability. However, too much vitamin A can be harmful.
– Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) deficiency has been connected with hormone related acne. EFA-rich foods and oils can help hormonal imbalance that leads to acne.