As a teenager I suffered from really bad oily and sensitive skin and this sent me into an obsession to try to control and calm my dreaded acne outbreaks.
Living as a hermit was unfortunately not an option and I was completely broke not even pocket money. To my dismay the face wash all my friends were using did not like my skin and my pimples started protesting so I spent time researching more natural ways to combat this problem and find cleaner solutions to treat my sensitive skin.
Causes of acne
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S. This condition is not terminal but does so much damage not only to your skin but to your self-esteem too. It presents as a painful rash of pimples on your face and on your body.
When the pores of your skin become blocked due to oil or bacteria or even dead skin the conditions are ripe for that dreaded acne outbreak. Each pore of the skin is the opening to a follicle which is made of a hair and an oil gland known as a sebaceous gland.
The oil that is released from the gland also known as sebum, travels up the hair, out of the pore and onto the skin. The sebum is meant to keep the skin soft and lubricated. So the culprit here is the follicle which can go crazy over producing sebum and happens especially when you are a teenager. What is worse you tend to stay away from exfoliating products because your skin is sensitive and this results in blocked pores not only from the oil but from dead skin cells.
Treating acne the natural way
According to research people with lower zinc levels in their blood suffer from acne. Those with clearer skin had normal or higher levels of zinc. A study showed that 80 percent of people who took zinc three times a day for two months showed a reduction in pimples of almost 100 percent.
Medical experts recommend a daily intake of no more than 40mg because too much causes stomach pain and gut irritation. A good multivitamin should supply you with the minimum dosage of 4mg per day.
No surprise here, this fatty acid is a real hero for all kinds of diseases and conditions.
The main reason it is so effective for acne is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. You can find the best sources of omega-3 in the following food:
Now I know you could be tempted to slap this all onto a pizza but try to rather consume it less the cheese and the flour 🙂
You can also include omega-3 as a supplement daily to get in higher amounts.
Nature’s toner for oily & sensitive skin
Another way to treat acne for sensitive skin will be to incorporate natural ingredients to tone your skin.
Toner is especially important for oily, sensitive skin that is prone to an acne outbreak. My favorite natural mix includes the following :
Rose water & witch hazel is one of nature’s best kept secrets. When combined this botanical extracts helps to tighten and tone the capillaries below the skin, reducing redness and soothing skin.
Green Tea is loaded with anti – oxidants and promotes blood circulation, as a toner it fights the effects of aging and fights off bacteria that causes pimples.
Cucumber water does wonders to soothe irritated skin and calm those break outs, use a cold as possible to rejuvenate the skin’s pores.
Lemon water works as great toner for mild acne due to the citric acid, make sure to mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and apply to affected areas. You will also begin to see that if you use this method regularly any dark spots due to scarring will begin to fade.
Rooibos or Redbush Tea is a South African grown hero used in a variety of treatments and good healthy skincare is one of them, not only does it taste delicious with some honey it can also be brewed to cleanse and tone the skin. Rooibos is packed with anti oxidants and will give your skin that boost it needs while soothing it.
Daily Tips to help prevent acne
- Wash your face thoroughly twice daily to ensure all dirt and oil is removed.
- Use a toner that suits your skin type ensure : dry/ oily/ sensitive/ normal skin all have different needs.
- Exfoliate your skin as often s you can even thorough it may be sensitive you still are required to remove dead skin cells.
- Try out an activated charcoal mask , click here to read more about it.
- For severe acne have you tries a chemical peel courtesy of nature, click here to read more.
- Moisturize your skin even though it may be oily it still needs to be lubricated. Read here for more on how lavender essential oil is highly effective in moisturizing and toning your inflamed skin.
- Drink water regularly throughout the day and not just in the morning, your skin needs to be hydrated and if its is dry it will promote redness and inflammation.
- Stop touching your face , your hands are the main germ carrier to your face.
- Try using tea tree oil, it has been known to combat. inflammation and is a great antiseptic courtesy of nature and can be applied directly to the spots but first test it as some sensitive skin may experience irritation. You can also add it to your face wash or your moisturizer to start off.
- Last but definitely not the least watch what you eat, a balanced diet goes a long way to healthy skin, ditch those junk food favorites for more plant based meal options free of excess sugar, salt and flour.
So there you have it folks!
You don’t need to suffer with painful, itchy, inflamed skin any longer. There are a variety of solutions out there, whether its an over the counter or online supplement, a best kept secret from nature or just sticking to daily habits that will keep your skin clean and healthy.
If you follow any or all of these solutions above for two months and you still don’t see any results I would suggest a medical expert to take control.
Here’s to a healthier clear skin!