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Natural Treatment Options for Acne
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While many focus upon the biological or medicinal side of acne, there are many researchers who are trying to see if there might be a natural cure to this disease; a disease which effects so many people.

One commonality that these researchers are finding is that acne, although genetically passed on, can be controlled with diet. Some scientists may disagree, but we've all heard the old adage, "what you put in is what you get out". This may be true with acne; even in it's most severe forms.

First and foremost, obesity has been thought as a major factor contributing to acne. With an obese person, there is an increased activity in the glands of the body, and this includes the glands below hair follicles, which produce oil. Losing weight and exercising each and every day may help immensely. This requires no drugs, just self-control and willpower.

Diet is another major concern for naturalists striving for a cure. They are finding that a diet rich in vegetable and fruit helps significantly balance hormones that effect glands. Vegetables and fruit help keep the body in homeostasis, or in balance.

The intake of fatty foods, such as Trans Fats, or those made from animal products (milk based products, i.e. margarine and even vegetable oils), also increases gland activity in the body. There is a type of oil; however, that may be good at fighting against acne.

Omega-3 oils, commonly found in fish and sea animals, is natural oil that is good for the body, especially for the skin. Other foods that contain oils, sugars, caffeine, carbonization and heavy amounts of salts, should be avoided at all costs for sufferers of acne.

Zinc, a mineral gaining much popularity in the natural world for its medicinal qualities, helps fight the clogging of pores that leads to acne. In the form of gluconate or sulfate, it helps the skin heal blemishes and helps to balance hormonal activity.

Zinc has recently been found to be as effective as prescription strength tetracycline. Other vitamins, including vitamin A and B6 may help substantially in hormonal balance, resulting in clearer, healthier skin.

In any case, the positive effects seen from the uses of natural medications and a proper diet cannot be ignored. Even when compared to synthetic treatment options, natural healing with vitamins and minerals may help even the most severe cases.
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    Related Definitions, Terms, and Acronyms:
  • Factors linked to acne - hormonal activity, overactive sebaceous glands, stress, accumulations of dead skin cells, bacteria, skin irritation, steroids, exposure to certain chemicals, and more.
  • Dermatologist - a medical doctor who specializes in dermatology.
  • Acne scar treatment - chemical peels or acid peels are a type of organic acid, most commonly glycolic, salicylic, or lactic, that is applied to the skin so that a smoother skin layer can surface.
  • Acne caused by - excessive secretion of oils from the glands combines with naturally occurring dead skin cells to block the hair follicles. Oil secretions build up beneath the blocked pore, providing an ideal environment for the skin bacteria 'Propionibacterium acnes' to multiply uncontrolled, causing skin inflammation and producing the visible lesion (pimple).
  • Sebum - a substance made of fat that acts to protect and waterproof hair and skin, and keep them from becoming dry, brittle, and cracked.

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