Essential facts to know about acne

It is important to know what causes acne and the lifestyle changes you must make before resorting to chemical treatments.

Some of the most common – and the most troublesome – forms of skin problems can be traced back to the composition of the skin itself. For example, acne is often the direct result of dry and aging skin, or skin that is inadequately hydrated or even stressed from poor nutrition.

Acne is also caused by hormonal imbalances, and often manifests itself in the teenage years. It can occur during pregnancy as well. However, acne does not come and go without a trace: it tends to leave its mark on the skin. These marks, or acne scars, are clearly visible to the naked eye. While some scars, like discolouration, may fade naturally, other scars like pits may be permanent in nature.

It is important to know the reason behind your acne so that you may treat it correctly. Consider the following facts about acne and treatment for acne:

* Acne is a sign that all is not right inside the body. If you have tried several treatments to no avail, it means that some deeper malaise is causing your acne. It could be the result of a spike in toxic or acidity levels in the body, or even sudden hormonal changes triggered by illness or infection. Or it could simply be the result of low hydration levels in the skin, or a metabolic disorder. Undergo a skin analysis test or even a comprehensive health check up to find out what ails your skin.

* Acne is preventable. It logically follows that since acne causes scarring on the skin, acne itself must be prevented so as to remain scar-free. Doctors and skin experts advise that drinking at least one litre of water every day and consuming fresh seasonal produce, especially leafy vegetables and water-rich fruit, helps keep acne at bay. The best treatment for acne is to stay away from alcohol, cigarettes and oily, spicy food. Adding nutrients to your plate helps the skin hydrate and repair itself faster, thus becoming clear and more radiant. You will find that your skin remains acne free even with sufficient sleep every night.

* Acne need not always leave scars. Most acne scars are caused by fiddling with the acne or popping it with a fingernail. Touching the acne causes bacteria and oils on the fingertips to transfer to the acne site, thus infecting it. The result? Acne scars. Instead, allow the acne to subside by itself and do not trouble it at all. Soon, it will scab and dry out, disappearing without a trace. If your acne leaves a scar or discolouration at the site, apply tomato juice or lemon juice at the site to lighten the scar.

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