Although most people associate acne with the trying teen years, it can actually erupt at any age. Indeed, up to 8% of those who had clear skin in their youth develop acne as adults. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to control out-breaks—no matter how old you are when they occur.
What is Acne & Pimples?
Pimples and other skin eruptions are the hallmarks of acne, a sometimes chronic condition of the face,
back, chest, neck, shoulders, and other areas of the body. The most common form (acne vulgaris) encompasses blackheads, whiteheads, and raised red blemishes with semisolid centres.
In severe cases (cystic acne), clusters of painful, fluid-filled cysts or firm, painless lumps appear beneath the skin's surface; both can lead to unsightly permanent pitting and scarring. For teenagers especially, acne can be an embarrassing and emotionally difficult condition.
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What causes Acne & Pimples?
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands at the base of the hair follicles of the skin secrete too much sebum. This thick, oily substance is normally released from the pores to keep the skin lubricated and healthy. If the sebum backs up, it can form hard plugs that block the pores and cause pimples. Should one of these oil plugs rupture beneath the skin's surface, a localized bacterial infection can develop. Hormonal imbalances can lead to an overproduction of sebum a common problem during adolescence, especially in boys. In women, menstrual periods or pregnancy can also create acne-producing hormonal disturbances. Other acne triggers include emotional stress, the friction or rubbing of clothing against the skin, and certain medications, particularly steroids, contraceptives, or drugs that affect hormone levels. Heredity may play a role as well.
Contrary to popular belief, acne is rarely caused by eating chocolate, shellfish, nuts, or fatty snacks or by drinking colas. Still, some doctors—and patients—contend that acne can be brought on or aggravated by certain foods or food allergies.
How supplements can help?
Most people will benefit from trying all of the supplements that are recommended in the chart; they can be
safely combined. It often takes three to four weeks, or longer, to notice results. All can be used long term, as well as with conventional acne medications.
Vitamin A is important because it plays a role in controlling the over-production of sebum, the root cause of acne. Because it aids in balancing levels of acne-related hormones, vitamin 85 may be useful for acne aggravated by menstrual cycles or menopause. And vitamin C promotes immune system health, helping to keep acne-causing bacteria in check.
Taken with any or all of these vitamins, zinc enhances immune function, reduces inflammation, and promotes healthy hormone levels. Because long-term use of zinc inhibits copper absorption, it should be taken with that mineral.
• Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Turmeric for local application
• Neem (Azadirachta indica)
• Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
Ayurvedic supplements for Acne & Pimples
• Neem Guard capsule
• Surakta syrup & tablets
• Haridra Khand
• Avoid excess meat, sugar, tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, soft drinks, candies, ice cream, refined and processed foods.
• Have lots of lemon juice, coriander soup, mint juice & water.
• Go for a fat-less diet with plenty of green salads and fruits.
• Apply crushed orange peel or paste of fenugreek or a mixed paste of sandalwood & turmeric on the affected area.
• Wash your face with lukewarm water, with a Neem based soap thrice a day.
• Lion (Sinhasan)