Healing Options for Acne

“Acne is the common cause of spots. Most people with acne are aged between 12 and 25 but some older and younger people are affected. Boys are more commonly affected than girls. Acne usually affects the face but may also affect the back, neck and chest. The severity can range from mild to severe. About 8 in 10 teenagers develop some degree of acne. Often it is mild. However, it is estimated that about 3 in 10 teenagers have acne bad enough to need treatment to prevent scarring. Untreated acne usually lasts about 4-5 years before settling. However, it can last for many years in some cases.” [1]

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Recent research

Acne vulgaris is the most common skin disease, affecting nearly 80 percent of persons at some time between the ages of 11 and 30 years. Estimates of the prevalence of acne vulgaris in adolescents range from 35 to over 90 percent. It can persist for years and result in disfigurement and permanent scarring, and it can have serious adverse effects on psychosocial development, resulting in emotional problems, withdrawal from society, and depression. Acne vulgaris is a disorder of the pilosebaceous follicles characterized by comedones, papules, pustules, inflamed nodules, and canalising and deep, inflamed, and sometimes purulent sacs. [ncbi]

Dietary supplements (9.6/10)

Top Foods for Acne Diet

“Here are the top foods that reduce inflammation and increase good bacteria in the gut which is the main way to heal acne.

Probiotic rich foods – Kefir, yogurt and cultured vegetables are foods that help crowd out yeast and bad bacteria which lead to acne.
Zinc rich foods – Sprouted pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia and hemp seeds are high in zinc which improve immunity and heal gut issues.
Vitamin A rich foods – Spinach, carrots and beef liver are high in vitamin A which supports healthy skin.
Fiber rich foods – The fiber in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds support cleansing the colon and growth of good bacteria in the gut which can help eliminate acne.
Clean lean protein – Organic chicken, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and wild caught fish balance blood sugar, which is essential in fighting acne.”

Acne Foods to Avoid

“Sugar and carbohydrate rich foods – Consuming excess amounts of sugar and grain products can feed yeast and candida in the body increasing acne.
Gluten and wheat – These foods cause inflammation of the gut which affects the skin.
Chocolate – Is high in compounds that can trigger acne.  Eliminate chocolate completely if possible but if you consume it then make sure it’s pure dark chocolate.
Fried and fast foods – These foods contain a number of ingredients that cause inflammation including hydrogenated oils, sodium, chemicals, flavorings and sugar.
Hydrogenated oils – Causes oily skin and are one of the main causes of acne.  Hydrogenated oils can be found in foods like pizza and in packaged foods that contain soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, and vegetable oil.
Conventional dairy – Causes inflammation of the gut and skin.” [3]

1: Limit Omega-6 Fatty acids, Favor Omega-3 Fatty Acids

“Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids (EFAs), and a certain amount is necessary to the human body. However, excessive amounts of these fats can be harmful to people suffering from acne. Excess omega-6 fatty acids can increase inflammation associated with acne-prone skin by producing substances like inflammatory prostaglandins.

Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, have anti-inflammatory effects. Population studies indicate that communities on a traditional diet high in omega-3 fatty acids have low rates of acne. Furthermore, one study with 1,000 teenage subjects found that the primary signs of acne – including comedones, papules, pustules, acne cysts, and excess sebum production – were much lower in the subjects consuming the most fish and seafood, the best dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Many experts believe that our ancestors consumed omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in roughly equal amounts. Today, most modern diets in Western countries contain too much of the potentially inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and not enough anti-inflammatory omega-3 acids. Simply consuming less refined vegetable oils like corn oil and safflower oil that are high in omega-6 fatty acids and consuming more fats high in omega-3 fatty acids can help with acne.”

2: Follow Low Glycemic Diet with Sufficient Amounts of Protein

“Another great diet tip for acne sufferers is to follow a low glycemic diet. Carbs that have a high Glycemic Index (GI) rating are quickly broken down by the body and cause a rapid, large rise in blood glucose levels, which in turn generally triggers the pancreas to release large amounts of insulin. In contrast, low-GI carbs, which take much longer to digest, cause only a small, slow rise in the blood glucose and insulin levels (dairy products are an exception; see discussion below). Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy, but excess insulin in the bloodstream can lead to a sharp increase in circulating androgen and insulin-like growth factor, which are associated with acne.

In one study, young men with mild to moderate acne were instructed to follow either a typical teen diet high in high GI foods or a low glycemic, high protein diet. Acne of the participants on the higher protein, low glycemic diet improved by more than 50% during the twelve-week trial. Most non-starchy vegetables, legumes and fruit have a low GI rating while most refined carbohydrate-rich foods and potatoes are rated high on the Glycemic Index.” [4]

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Acupuncture (9/10)

“There are the acupressure points for relieving Acne, Pimple and Other Skin Problems. Working on these points can help you get better quicker. You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a free hand can be effective.”image00

Points (A) — Heavenly Pillar
“Location: One-half inch below the base of the skuIl on the ropy muscles one-half inch outward from either side of the spine. Benefits: Relieves stress related to skin disorders such as acne. Relieves stress, burnout, exhaustion, insomnia, heaviness in the head, eyestrain, stiff necks, and sore throats.”image01

Points (B) & Points (C) — Sea of Vitality
“Caution: Do not press on disintegrating discs or fractured or broken bones. If you have a weak back, a few minutes of stationary, light touching instead of pressure can be very healing. See your doctor first if you have any questions or need medical advice. Location: In the lower back (between the second and third lumbar vertebrae) two to four finger widths away from the spine at waist level. Benefits: Relieves acne, eczema, and bruises on the body.” [5]capture3

  • Heavenly Pillar points– “These are located half an inch beneath the skull on backside of the neck. (They are on the outward side of the spine.) Pressing these points helps relieve stress, acne, rosacea and many other skin disorders. These are also the points linked with eye issues, sore throat, headache etc.”
  • Sea of vitality– “These acne acupuncture points are located 2 -3 inches above the buttocks on the sides of the spine on the lower back. Do not over-stimulate these points if you have back pain or weak back muscles. Avoid pressing these points in case of disintegrating or fractured discs. Besides reliving acne, these points are also useful in treating eczema, broken skin, wounds etc.” [6]

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Homeopathy  (8/10)

1. Sulphur

  • “A very common remedy, especially for chronic acne
  • Rough and hard skin
  • Acne associated with comedones and constipation
  • Acne that aggravates with water
  • Pale, sickly colour of the skin
  • Spotted redness of face with black pores
  • Itching intensely in the evening and from warmth”

2. Sanguinaria

  • “Useful remedy for acne, especially in women with scanty periods and irregular circulation of blood
  • For women with sexual problems
  • Burning sensations like from hot water; redness and burning of cheeks
  • Sun headache especially on the right side
  • Nasal polyps, coryza (inflammation of the mucous membrane) followed by diarrhea”

 

3. Kali bromatum

  • “General failure of mental power, melancholy, loss of memory
  • Fidgety, fear of being poisoned, night terrors
  • Suicidal, numb feeling in the head
  • Vomiting with intense thirst after every meal
  • Diabetic
  • Exaggerated sexual desire in women; sexual excitement during partial slumber in men” [7]

 

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Chiropractor (8/10)

Big toe

 “The joint under the big toe is the point which corresponds to your adrenal  glands. Putting pressure with your thumb under the big toe will help you even out any hormonal imbalance. Rub the point with circular motions for five minutes until you start relaxing. Doing this to both the big toes will reduce the inflammation from acne caused by overactive hormones.”

Point above the wrist

 “The point above the wrist under the little finger corrects any disorder in the liver. Hold your left hand in the right. Trace your right thumb along the little finger of your left hand and stop just short of your wrist at the place where the palm ends. Put pressure on the point for 5 minutes. This helps in detoxifying your liver. Once the toxins from the liver are flushed out, you will find yourself with clearer skin.”

Ball of the thumb 

“The ball of the thumb is where you would need to put pressure if you want to balance your pituitary gland. Hold your left thumb between your right thumb and right index finger and press it for five minutes. Putting pressure on the thumb will help your skin absorb nutrients and also in improving circulation in the body.” [9]

Reflexology (7.5/10)

Adrenal Reflexology:

“The itchy skin disorders are usually caused due to inflammatory reaction in the body. This can affect a small layer of the skin or spread throughout the body. This reflex point will activate the adrenal point and will help to treat your itchy skin disorders. Wash your feet thoroughly and wipe them with a towel. Sit in a relaxed position, on a chair or your bed. Hold your right foot in your hands. With the help of your thumb press the point under the ball of the big toe. If you find it to be sore, you are pressing it correctly. Massage that area with circular movements for 5 minutes. You will feel very relaxed. Repeat the same procedure with the other leg. The massage with calm the inflammatory process and reduce itching to a great extent. Try this every day for quicker relief of your disorder.”

Gall Bladder:

“Working on the gall bladder will help to revitalize the sluggish digestive system and eliminate the toxins and waste products in the body. Look at your left hand and notice the joint between the little finger and the ring finger. Just 1 centimeter below the joint is the reflex point of the gall bladder. It is the point where the left thumb is placed in the picture given. Place your right thumb on it and press it for 2 to 3 minutes with slight pressure. Repeat the same procedure with the other hand. This will help to reduce inflammation in the skin.”

Thyroid Gland:

“To improve over all skin health you can access the thyroid gland. It will help you to balance your skin condition and provide you with better health. This point can be found in the joint of your big toe. Sit in a relaxed position and hold your right leg with your hands. Place your thumb on the joint between the big toe and second toe. Press it gently for 7 to 8 minutes till you feel relaxed.You can also use your index finger to hold the joint together. This will allow you to put more pressure to the point. Repeat the same procedure with the left leg. This reflex point is great to treat all kinds of disorders as it will nourish the skin thoroughly from the inside.” [10]

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Acupressure (7.2/10)

Heavenly Pillar:

“This pressure point is located at the base of the skull, where your spine is attached. Just one inch outward from each side is the heavenly pillar. This pressure point is marked G20 in the picture. Hold this place and press if for 3 minutes. By pressing these points for at least 2 minutes every day, you will be relieved from stress related to the skin.image03

All kind of skin disorders like acne, breakage etc will reduce. It does not just relieve you from skin problems but also helps to eliminate exhaustion, heaviness in the head, insomnia, stiff necks, eyestrain and sore throats.”

Third Eye Point:

“Located right between your eyebrows in the place where the bridge of the nose meets the center of the fore head; this pressure point stimulates the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is the main endocrine gland which helps in enhancing the condition of the skin all over the body. Place your index finger and massage this area by pressing slightly for at least 60 seconds every day. Doing this everyday will reduce the risk of skin problems.” [12]image02

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Ayurveda (7/10)

“Acne includes a close relation with stomach conditions. Hence, excessive salty, sweet, sour, non-vegetarian and oily foods can exacerbate the condition. Proper sleep, balanced diet and breathing exercises for example Pranayam are beneficial.”

Facial Cleansing

“For acne sufferers, Ayurveda prescribes specific face-cleaning regimens that will help you combat blemishes. An Ayurvedic cleansing routine begins by washing the face with a paste made from One teaspoon. of chickpea flour and enough water to produce a thick, moist consistency. After rinsing from the mixture and drying the face with a towel, apply a second paste created using 1 tsp. of almond powder and 1 cup of goat’s milk, covering all acne-prone regions of your face; allow this paste to dry for a few minutes, then rinse it off gently. Like a final step, apply a face care cream containing turmeric and sandalwood to your skin. To prevent unwanted side effects, consult with a physician before by using this cleansing regimen, particularly if you take other skin-drying acne medications and have allergies to any of the ingredients.”

Diet

“Ayurveda considers diet a principal cause of acne development and recommends modifying your eating routine as a way to heal your skin. Ayurveda’s dietary acne treatment involves limiting cold foods and beverages in support of warm-temperature fare, waiting at least 3 to 4 hours after each meal before eating again, consuming high-fiber green vegetables, eating ample amounts of fruit, avoiding excessive consumption of sugary and spicy meals and minimizing your consumption of greasy foods–especially during the summer or while residing in a hot climate.”

Lifestyle Changes

“Battling acne involves a lot more than external treatments and dietary adjustments: changes in lifestyle may also be effective acne remedies. Because Ayurveda views acne like a potential symptom of internal stress, finding methods to relieve grief, worries and fear might have positive effects on your skin, Baidyanath Ayurved explains; meditation, yoga along with other relaxation techniques can offer respite from tension. In addition, drinking freshwater, breathing clean air, exercising regularly and receiving sunlight exposure also may help treat acne by improving your overall health.” [13]

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Herbal (5.4/10)

1. Tree Oil

“With its natural inflammation-fighting properties, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil is less harsh than a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide solution and can be just as effective against acne, though it may clear up a little less quickly. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with between 20 and 40 drops of witch hazel, then use a cotton swab to apply. Try this remedy up to twice a day; more could dry your skin and make the acne worse.” [14]

2. Lemon

“Another quick way to get rid of pimples is the use of lemon juice, which is rich in vitamin C. Lemon juice helps pimples dry up faster. Be sure to use fresh lemon juice and not bottled juice, which has preservatives. There are a couple of ways to apply this remedy.

Dip a clean cotton swab in fresh lemon juice and apply it to the pimples before going to bed.

You can also mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and put it on the pimples overnight. In the morning, wash the skin well with lukewarm water. However, this particular remedy is not suitable for those with sensitive skin.”

3. Honey

“active honey is a powerhouse of antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties which help kill off bacteria, exfoliate and help heal damaged skin – the perfect treatment for acne.” [15]

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