Friday, May 30, 2008

Adult Acne Is Natural And So Is The Cure

Adult Acne Is Natural And So Is The Cure
by Michele Robbins

Acne is a popular chronic skin disorder. Adult acne affects people from ages twenty-one through forty and up. Acne can come up as any of the following: clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. Wherever there are many oil glands, largely on the face, chest and back; these blemishes may occur. Women suffer from acne more than anyone else.

Adult acne and teenacne have different causes. Adult acne occurs on normal or combination skin as well as dry and sensitive skin, where as teen acne is usually caused by oily skin. Acne vulgaris, another form of acne, presents itself in the form of black heads, pimples, small superficial sebaceous cysts and scars.

For adults, there are numerous factors that can contribute to having acne. The most well known cause is stress, causing production of Cortisol, a hormone that is known for promoting acne. Even coffee consumption promotes the creation of Cortisol. Smoking, poor diet, and low consumption of free fatty acids can all lead to an adult acne condition.

Millions are afflicted by acne the world over. Many of the products that you can get over-the-counter for treating acne include harsh chemicals, which may contribute to the deterioration of your skin, and only be a temporary remedy for your acne. As people become more aware of the dangers of these treatments, they are turning more and more to natural and herbal acne treatments. Herbal treatments are softer on the skin, and don't contain any of those dangerous chemicals, being a mixture of natural plants and herbs.

Natural treatment for adult acne can range from lotions, creams, herbal formulations, and home made products. Herbal acne treatments utilize Echinacea and tea tree oil. Echinacea and Oregon grape help increase the body's immune system. Tea tree oil is widely used and consists of terpenoids, known for its antiseptic and antifungal characteristics. Using natural methods is a highly desired option.

Acne scars can be very embarassing, but there are several different home remedies that you can try to lessen or remove these scars. To cleanse the pores, use distilled white vinegar topically. To remove the scars try almond oil, and to get rid of the dead skin cells try apricot and citrus juices as these are natural exfoliants. Finally, to aid in the healing process, use a honey mask as this has an anti bacterial quality.

Herbs such as green tea, chamomile, and even oatmeal are great remedies for treating inflammation since they have anti-inflammatory characteristics. Any itching sensations are reduced by washing with oatmeal. Ginger also reduces redness and inflammation. Licorice surprisingly increases mucous which stimulates the adrenal gland and increases natural defense systems in the body. This removes any bacteria and germs that may be the cause of acne.

Adult acne is a common chronic skin condition suffered by people from ages twenty-one through forty and up. Factors that encourage this are very different from those involved with juvenile acne. Such factors include stress, smoking and poor diet. Acne in adulthood usually involves normal or even dry and sensitive skin, rather than oily skin which is the typical cause of juvenile acne. Acne vulgaris is characterized by the presence of black heads, pimples, small superficial sebaceous cysts and scars. Over-the-counter treatments often contain harsh chemicals, so people are now turning to herbal remedies. Some the herbal acne treatments include tea tree oil, honey, almond oil ginger and licorice.

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