(NaturalNews – Talya Dagan) Acne is a skin condition can be caused by a variety of nutritional deficiencies, as well as food allergies food intolerances and fungal infections. Natural remedies for acne include vitamin B6, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C and herbs like tea tree oil. Acne occurs when the skin becomes inflamed. Oil glands secrete sebum that is a normal component of skin lubrication, however when the glands produce too much oil, the pores become blocked and blackheads and pimples occur. The pores then become filled with bacteria, which causes inflammation and redness.
Acne occurs commonly during the teen years because of the increase of hormones during this time. However, this type of acne usually resolves itself by the time people are 30 years old. Acne usually occurs on foreheads, cheeks, chins, noses, and sometimes on backs or torsos. Acne can cause whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and inflamed lesions on the skin, which can leave scars. Cysts can also occur, which are inflamed lesions that form under the skin.
Causes of the excess sebum vary and can include any form of inflammation or blood sugar irregularity. Hormonal imbalances can also cause acne, because it causes increased sebum production.
Blood sugar imbalances, or insulin resistance, create an inflammatory cycle that leads to acne as well. Some pharmaceutical drugs also can lead to acne, especially oral contraceptives, steroids, Phenobarbital, excess iodine, and lithium. Those with a family history of acne are more at risk for the condition. Food allergies and fungal infections, such as Candida, also can cause acne.
Fat consumed in the diet goes into the bloodstream and reduces the body’s ability to regulate insulin. Air pollution or exposure to second-hand smoke can cause acne, as can food allergies. White sugar and other chemical additives in foods find their way to the skin and cause acne as well.
Hygiene to treat acne
Washing the face twice a day is recommended for those with acne. Mild cleansers are advised, as strong soap or scrubbing the skin can make the condition worse. Use of water-based skin care may help alleviate the clogging of pores. Clothing, such as headbands or collared shirts, can encourage acne to develop.
Vitamins to treat acne
Studies have shown that adding zinc to the diet may reduce the appearance of acne. The dosage used was 30 mg twice a day for one month. Niacinamide as a 4% gel may also be useful. Vitamin C is also important for skin health. L-carnitine has been found helpful but can interfere with some pharmaceutical medications, such as Coumadin. Vitamin A, another helpful nutrient for skincare, can cause toxic reactions from overdosing, so a doctor’s recommendation is advised.
Herbal remedies for acne
Herbal remedies may help reduce the appearance of acne as well. The herb Guggul from the Commiphora wightii, plant, taken internally, has shown some effectiveness, as has the use of tea tree oil externally. Tea tree, or melaleuca alternifolia in a 5% gel can be applied to the skin to reduce inflammation. Studies reported that the effects of the gel were similar to using benzoyl peroxide lotion.