What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles and skin pores clog up with oil and dead skin cells creating infection, pimples and irritation. There are different causes to acne, such as hormonal challenges, diet, cleanliness and gut health
Who gets Acne?
While anyone can get acne, it is most common in teens and young adults. It is said that an estimated 80 percent of people between ages 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.
What causes Acne?
Excess oil (sebum) production and clogged up hair follicles are the cause of pimples, known as acne. Acne is caused when tiny holes, called pores in the skin, also known as hair follicles, become blocked. There are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin – these glands are attached to hair follicles, which are small holes in your skin that an individual hair grows out of. There are 5 main factors that cause acne; Hormonal changes, Certain medications, Diet, Gut Health and Stress.
How do I best manage my Acne?
First of all you need to work out the root cause of your acne. Once you know the root cause you can deal with it but in the mean time using natural topical products can do wonders.
Hormonal – (for females) if you notice pimples around your jaw line and experience breakouts around your monthly period it may be a good indication that you’re experiencing hormonal acne. Working with a naturopath can help to deal with hormonal challenges.
Diet/Poor Gut Health or Allergies – if you’re experiencing pimples on your forehead and cheeks or popping up anywhere and everywhere you’re probably experiencing acne caused by either diet, stress, allergies or gut health issues. Sugar can be a BIG cause of acne so if you notice breakouts after eating sugar we suggest cutting refined sugars out of your diet for a time. Other allergies such as medications can also lead to acne and in this case we suggest consulting your doctor or using topical products to manage your acne while you’re on the medications. Poor gut health and stress can also play a big part in acne – therefore doing some self care and reducing stress can help while also seeking naturopathic advise to heal your gut health. Taking Apple Cider Vinegar in water each morning can help to cleanse, heal and nourish your gut health. Cutting out junky foods and trying to eat more raw wholefood can be a great step as well.
Here are some easy steps and tips to ensure you manage acne properly.
- Properly wash your face. To help prevent pimples, it’s important to remove excess oil, dirt and sweat daily.
- Moisturise your skin with a quick absorbing serum or moisturiser.
- Stay hydrated. – Drinking lots is a great way to clear out toxins from your body.
- Limit your use of makeup – especially make up that is not natural.
- Don’t touch your face
- Using all natural products and skincare – especially haircare
- Use products containing ingredients such as zinc, tea tree, apple cider vinegar, lavender etc.