Acne isn't just for teens
According to the Mayo Clinic, the four main causes of acne are oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores, and bacteria. Other factors may be stress, hormones, and meds you may be taking, including contraceptives.
What causes acne?
An unhealthy diet heavy in carbs and dairy, such as chips, bagels, (and other tasty items such as bread!) doesn't help. Avoid sugary and highly processed foods, especially those with a high-glycemic load. This includes fried chips, cookies, crackers, white bread and pasta—as well as fruit juices and soda. There is a school of thought that working in an oil-heavy environment (greasy spoons?) may contribute.
What should you be eating? Recommendations include plenty of water or unsweetened tea to eliminate toxins. Eat as many fruits and veggie as you can. Also choose foods with lots of Vitamin A (spinach, carrots, cateloupe, kale), Vitamin C (citrus fruits and brocolli), Omega 3 and 6's (avacado, salmon, nuts, olive oil) and even chocolate. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa factor is the best.
Avoid chemicals and harsh soaps on acne
You can get it at any age—from 16 to 60 and beyond. Acne can appear not only on your face and neck but almost anywhere on your body including your back, arms, and chest‚ “Wherever it is, I'm sure you want it gone,” says complexion expert Maxine Warsh. According to the experts, and we're pleased to reference the Mayo Clinic again, acne isn't created by dirty skin, although gently removing oil, dead skin, and other substances including makeup will help. But “scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
“I've believed this for a long time and I'm glad to see other experts agree with me. That's one reason I introduced the Warsh Cloth for Acne, which is designed to give your face a gentle fresh, clean with only water and is finding fans of all ages! It's important to wash (Warsh...) your makeup off before going to bed—and the Warsh Cloth does a wonderful job of this and doesn't add any chemicals to your skin.”
What can you do about acne?
There are a number of home remedies, many of them natural and probably already sitting in your kitchen, to battle acne, from honey (use as a mask) to chamomile tea--dab it on your skin— to aspirin, and aloe.
Acne scars and what to do about them
But is there anything that can minimize acne scars? Yes, say skin specialists. One handy treatment that is also natural and probably in your kitchen is to use baking soda. This can be applied in a number of ways and in combination with other ingredients to battle acne scars. Other natural remedies for acne include turmeric (what isn't it good for?) and even tomato slices.
So if you're tired of spending money on so-called “acne treatments” just take a look at home--and use the natural cleansing power of water (and the WARSH Cloth!) to clean up your skin.
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