Did you know that 90% of dermatological consultations in young people are due to acne? But what is acne? it is a disease in which the pores of the skin become clogged, causing the accumulation of dead cells; what we know as “pimples”, “ blackheads ”, “pimples” , “comedowns”, “barillas”, “muds”.
These obstructions can occur in various areas of the body such as: face, back and arms.
Causes of acne
Specialists still do not determine the causes of acne for sure, but here I list some of the possible causes:
- Age: Acne can actually appear at any age, but commonly in adolescence, between 12 and 18 years old, it is when we are most prone to this happening. Why? Because it is when the production of hormones such as testosterone increases; causing increased oiliness of the skin.
- Not removing make-up correctly: by not having a correct cleaning of the remains of make-up or dirt accumulated during the day; the pores clog giving rise to undesirable pimples.
- The use of very greasy or unsuitable products for your skin type: greasy skin is the most prone to acne; so if you have oily skin and use oil-based products, you will favor the appearance of acne.
- Bacterial proliferation: we all have bacteria that live on our skin, but there is a specific one that causes acne; this is the Propionibacterium acnes(P. acnes) that lives inside the pores, and is responsible for producing a molecule that causes an inflammatory response within the pore. Resulting in the typical redness of acne.
- Hormonal imbalances: any condition that alters the hormonal balance of your body can cause acne; for example, polycystic ovary syndrome, insulin resistance, hormonal changes in adolescence, menstrual cycle, and hormone treatments. Hormones are responsible for: maintaining an adequate production of sebum by the sebaceous glands, as well as a correct immune response.
- Diet: surely you have read or heard that the consumption of certain foods predisposes to the appearance of acne; high-fat foods, chocolates, dairy products, sweets. The truth is that high fat foods have nothing to do with acne.
This is not so in the case of chocolates or sweets since these have high sugar content, thus causing high blood sugar levels, a fact that is related to acne.
In the same way, the intake of milk, which according to a series of investigations, is also associated with the manifestation of acne, this is because milk is rich in a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), and this harms the metabolism and hormonal balance.
- Not staying hydrated: remember that our body is made up of 80% water; therefore, the deficit of the vital liquid leads to a series of alterations in our organism, among them we have dry and weak skin, pores and inefficient sebaceous glands.
- Medications: some medications such as anti -inflammatory, corticosteroids or even vitamin B12 , can cause inflammatory reactions in the skin with the consequent appearance of acne as part of their side effects.
- Do not use sunscreen: prolonged exposure to UV sun rays without any protection causes direct damage to skin cells, inflaming them and thus increasing the number of dead cells and their accumulation in the pores, as well as accelerating the production of fat.
- Genetic background: the activity of your sebaceous glands, the configuration of your follicle or pore, your hormone levels, and your immune response to bacteria are directly affected by your genetic background; that’s why if your parents suffer or suffered from acne, you have a predisposition to suffer from it too.
- Pregnancy: in some women when they are pregnant, acne may appear, this is due to the increase in the production of progesterone, which implies greater oiliness of the skin.
- The climate: your environment can directly affect the appearance or exacerbation of acne. Cold climates cause the skin’s sebum to become denser, causing the pores to clog. On the other hand, dry climates generate greater production of sebum by the skin, as a protection mechanism.
Instructions to remove acne
Once you have all these elements, put on your gloves and follow these steps:
- Take 10 ml of coconut oil and give yourself a facial massage in a circular and ascending manner. Do it for approximately 5 minutes. This will help soften and remove dead cells on the skin’s surface.
- Wash your face with neutral or glycerin-based liquid soap to remove coconut oil, dry with a towel and then
- In a cup: mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of sugar or coffee, once they are well mixed, apply it to your face with circular and ascending massages for 5 minutes, respecting the eyelid area. Honey plus sugar or coffee act as magnificent natural exfoliates.
- Moisten cotton with water and remove the remains of honey and sugar/coffee with upward movements, repeat this step as many times as necessary so that your face is clean, dry with the towel and then
- Soak cotton with rose water; apply it all over your face with compressive movements. Rose water is an excellent tonic, being refrigerated its cold temperature helps the pores to close. When this toner dries, continue with the next step:
- In a cup: combine 2 tablespoons of powdered red clay with the amount of water necessary to make a homogeneous mixture with a semi-soft consistency, resulting in a wonderful revitalizing mask. Cover your entire face with the mask, respecting the eyelid area. Relax and wait for it to dry completely, then
- Wash your face with plenty of water, removing the mask completely, dry with a towel and that’s it.
With these 7 steps you will feel the difference from the first time and the best thing is that it is perfect for all skin types. You can repeat it once or twice a week.
What do you need to remove acne?
Because it has several possible causes, you must take into account various points: maintain a healthy diet including adequate hydration, do physical exercise regularly, practice activities that relax you, consult a specialist if you think you have a hormonal problem and the most important, pay special attention to the care of your skin.
The skin is the largest organ of our body, so it is not for less that you should take care of it as such. For many years thousands of treatments, preparations, ointments, recipes, among others have been used to prevent or cure acne, but which of all is the most effective? Keeping your skin free of impurities is the key to fighting acne, so I’ll give you a list of everything you need to put an end to acne:
- coconut oil
- Neutral or glycerin-based liquid soap
- honey bee
- sugar or coffee
- Rose water (previously chilled)
- powdered red clay
- 2 cups
- drinking water
- 1 towel
- A pair of gloves in your size
Tips to get rid of acne
As we mentioned before, knowing your skin type and keeping it free of impurities is essential to cure acne, but there are also a series of cares that you must take into account every day:
- Wash your face with neutral liquid soap or glycerin-based soap, 3 times a day.
- Use a moisturizing face cream.
- Protect yourself from the sun using Sunscreen or Sunscreen SFP 50 or higher in gel or spray.
- Always remove your make-up very well.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water daily.