Acne is a common and annoying condition of skin which occurs when skin hair follicles become blocked and plugged with oil as well as dead skin. It leads to formation of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads on chest, upper back, shoulders forehead and face. It is seen most common among teens and people of almost all age. Effective treatments are available, but acne can be stubborn. In this the pimples dry out and heal slowly leading to cropping up of others. This condition can lead to low self - esteem, emotional and unwanted scars on the skin.
Symptoms include the following:
Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin (nodules)
Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin (cystic lesions)
Blackheads (open plugged pores)
Small red, tender bumps (papules)
Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
It is advisable to go for medical help in case of below situations: If after using a skin product you experience:
Swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue
Tightness of the throat.
Difficulty in breathing
Factors causing acne can be:
Excess production of oil.
Hair follicles which get clogged with oil and dead skin cells.
Activity of a type of hormone.
Factors that may make the acne worse and painful:
Hormones- During hormonal changes Androgens increase in boys and girls and cause sebaceous glands to become enlarged.
Medications- Drugs which contain corticosteroids, testosterone and lithium.
Diet-Skimmed milk and food rich in carbohydrate like bread, bagels, chips and chocolates.
Stress. Stress is the prime factor for acne.
MYTHS ABOUT ACNE
Greasy foods - Oil sticks to skin and blocks the hair follicles and cause acne.
Hygiene - Scrubbing skin hard, cleansing with alkaline soaps and chemicals too irritate the skin making acne worse.
Cosmetics- Non- oily cosmetics have little interference over effectiveness of acne drugs.
TOPICAL MEDICATIONS WHICH CAN BE USED FOR ACNE
Retinoids and retinoid-like drugs
Salicylic acid and azelaic acid
LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES FOR TREATMENT OF ACNE
One should wash problem areas with a good quality gentle cleanser. Twice a day, wash your face with a mild soap and warm water. If you tend to develop acne around your hairline, shampoo your hair every day. And be gentle if you're shaving affected skin.
One must also try the over-the-counter acne products for drying out excess of oil and helps in peeling –Use products which have benzoyl peroxide as active. Non- prescription acne medications might lead to initial side effects like redness, dryness and scaling which improves after the first month of using them.
Try not to come in contact of irritants – Stay away from oily food, sunscreens, greasy cosmetics, hairstyling products and acne concealers. Use only water-based and non-comedogenic products.
Always protect your skin from sun- Sun worsens acne.
Avoid excess and annoying friction or pressure on your skin- Try to protect acne-prone skin from phones, helmets, tight collars, straps, and backpacks.
Avoid touching, peeling and picking at the problem areas- This is because it may trigger more acne and lead to infection along with scarring.
One must take shower after strenuous activities- This is required because oil and sweat on your skin can lead to breakouts.
HERBAL REMEDIES FOR ACNE TREATMENT
Aloe Vitals Capsules
These capsules are prepared from the standardized extract of Aloe vera herb (Aloe Barbadensis), which has proven properties for managing different types of skin ailments. These capsules are abundant in Vitamins C and E and is a wonderful formulation for overall skin health.
Aloe Vitals capsules have remarkable capabilities for treating eczema, keeping the skin hydrated, providing proper nourishment to the skin, alleviating redness and dry skin patches, stimulating the development of skin cells, and maintaining the natural glow of the skin.
Dosage: 2 capsules with plain water, two times a day, after meals.
Radiant Skin, Hair, Nails Formula
This product is in the form of capsules, which is prepared from some very potent herbs which can treat several conditions related to the skin, hair and nails. The herbs used for preparing these capsules include: Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Yashtimadhu (Glycerrhaza glabra), and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis).
The use of this herbal product gives positive results in several skin conditions, provides the required nutrition and nourishment to the skin, and improves the healthy growth of hair and nails.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day, with plain water after meals.
For preparing these capsules, pure and standardized extract of the Neem herb (Azadirachta indica) are used. The herb is widely known for its amazing medicinal value, and is considered a time-tested remedy for skin problems.
Neem has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and anti-bacterial properties. Neem capsules give proper nourishment to the skin, remove excess of oil from the skin, purify the blood, and eliminate toxins from the body.
Dosage: 2 capsules with plain water, twice daily, after meals.
This wonderful herbal oil is prepared from a number of useful herbs which are very beneficial for the overall health of the skin. The herbs used for preparing this oil include: Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata), Ushira (Vetiveria ziznioides), Rakta Chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Padmaka (Prunus puddum), Vat (Ficus benghalensis), Pipal (Ficus religiosa), Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea), and Til (Sesamum indicum).
Kumkumadi oil possesses astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, and deodorant properties. The use of this oil can keep the skin healthy; remove pimples, scars, blemishes, and wrinkles; treat uneven skin tone and pigmentation spots; and prevent and fight skin infections.
Usage: 3-5ml of the oil should be massaged over the affected area of the skin.