Did you know that more than 25% of the adult population worldwide suffers from acne? If we leave the pages of statistical data and look at people with plain eyes it will be hard to find a man or a woman who did not suffer the gnawing problem of zits. However, even though this problem is “skin deep”, its effects germinate into bouts of despair and social angst, which jeopardizes quality of life.
Sebum secreted from the hair follicles moves to the skin pores and lubricates the skin. But sometimes the oil glands expand, producing an excess of sebum, which ultimately gets trapped in the hair follicle and clogs the pores. These clogged pores permit bacteria and growth of Propionibacterium acnes. This bacteria causes inflammation of the hair follicle and the surrounding skin and thus acne emerges.
Though till now the exact causes of adult acne are not known, most of the theories suggest hormonal imbalances as the root cause. Some other causes proposed are evolutionary biology, diet, stress, vitamin deficiency and the list goes on.
All these things are medicines, all of which may have side effects and should not be taken without a prescription and the guidance of a doctor.
You will be glad to know that chocolate or fried foods do not cause acne. These foods are often seen as unhealthy food habits and therefore “must be” related to skin breakouts, but this theory has no scientific backing.
However, foods which are high in refined sugar, trans-fatty acid (milk products) oxidized fatty acids (fried oils) and synthetically hydrogenated vegetable oil contents may not cause acne but are definitely not very good for your health, and so an excess of these foods should be avoided. You can be infected with intestinal toxemia if your diet is low on fiber and essential vitamins and high on these contents. The result of glut of toxins may show on your skin.
The good news about the use of natural things is that they come without the risk of side effects.
Name And Fame Of Some Natural Ingredients
Azelaic acid – This acid makes the keratin production stable and you will get almost same results as using Benzoyl- Peroxide or oral antibiotics.
Tea Tree Oil – Reduces acne with its antibacterial and antifungal qualities.
Green Tea – A renowned antioxidant, which trims down inflammation and infection
Topical Vitamin C And E – Both are strong antioxidants, which improve skin condition by diminishing inflammation and infection.
Fruit Acids (AHAs And BHAs) – These acids gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth.