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Treating Acne At Home -
Many factors come together to form acne. Some people have a natural predisposition towards formation of acne. Increase in the hormone testosterone during puberty causes increased sebum production. The exfoliated skin cells and increased keratin production in the hair follicles may block the drainage of sebum from the sebaceous glands by blocking the pores. The accumulated sebum is infected by bacteria and gives rise to the pustules and cysts of acne.
Propionibacteria are bacteria that are important in the formation of acne. They are found in the sebaceous glands. Propionibacteria proliferate in the sebum, especially when the pores get blocked by desquamating skin cells. This causes the formation of active compounds and enzymes that promote acne inflammation and attract inflammatory cells to the site of the acne. This worsens the acne.
Acne inflammation is mediated by several enzymes that destroy the walls of the sebaceous gland and cause a seepage of sebum into the neighboring dermis. This causes an inflammatory response that leads to scarring of the skin. This inflammation can be minimized if early attention is paid to the acne and natural skin care treatment begun.
Natural skin care is essential to control the formation of acne as well as act as an adjuvant when treatment with drug therapy is required. Natural skin care can help remove circumstances that can cause worsening and spread of acne. Before any drug therapy is initiated, it is necessary that the face be washed at least twice a day and dried gently. Attention should be paid to the diet as it has been found that increased intake of carbohydrates in the form of refined cereals and sugars is associated with an increased risk of acne. Whole grain cereals and a low fat diet help in decreasing acne and prevent recurrence. A diet rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene helps as retinoids present in these foods increase the turnover of skin cells, opening up the follicular plugging. Picking, squeezing, and rubbing pimples should be prevented as these can cause scarring later. These natural solutions for acne should be followed even if drug treatment is taken.
Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine practiced in India for over 5000 years, is now becoming popular in the USA. Herbal skin care using Ayurvedic methods have been researched. Sunder Vati, a herbal skin care formulation made up of the herbs Zingiber, Holarrhena and Embelia, was found to decrease acne lesions. Another herbal skin care product, tea tree oil, has shown to be effective in treating acne. Other herbs that have been shown to be effective are Scutellaria, Glycyrrhiza, Mentha, Angelica and Paeonia all of which are ingredients of the Japanese herbal skin care medicine, Kampo. These organic skin acne products have shown promising results. The advantage of these medications is that there are minimal side effects. The main complaints of irritation and redness experienced with retinoids and other topical acne treatments are minimal with herbal skin care treatment.