Acne can be both troublesome and embarrassing for teens and adults alike. It is one of the most wide spread skin disorders affecting Americans with 85% of teenagers and 20% of adults suffering from active acne. Acne is caused by an excess production of oil in the sebaceous glands and appears in a variety of different ways. Forms of acne include blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne. It is important to understand what is causing your acne so that you can identify the best way to prevent breakouts. There are many things that can lead to acne breakouts including hormones, medication, oil based cosmetics, stress, environmental pollutants, and genetics.
Many skin care products have been created and specially marketed to those suffering from acne breakouts. Some of these remedies are packaged and labeled as natural skin care products. What most consumers don’t realize is that many of these products contain only small amounts of natural ingredients combined with harsh chemicals. These chemicals and other ingredients can sometimes further irritate and worsen acne breakouts.
If you are one of the 60 million Americans suffering from acne, a few natural skin care tips and recipes may be all you need.
Natural Skin Care Tips for Acne
1. Wash you face twice daily with a natural soap formulated for acne. It is best to wash once in the morning when you first wake up and then again before going to sleep at night. When washing use a gentle circular motion and avoid scrubbing.
2. Moisturize using a natural skin care lotion that is not oil based. Consider using a natural shielding lotion that provides oil free moisture while strengthening the skins natural protective barrier. This barrier helps protect skin from environmental pollutants, one of the potential causes for acne breakouts.
3. Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Eating a diet full of fiber rich vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can help cleanse your body from the inside. Exercising regularly and drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily can further help detoxify the body.
Natural Skin Care Honey Mask for Acne
Honey is known to have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties helping it to heal skin blemishes. When making a natural skin care mask with honey the quality of the honey is important. Many brands of honey contain additives or have gone through a heating process that would damage its healing properties. It is best to use natural, raw, unprocessed, unheated honey that is free from additives.
1 Teaspoon honey
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine ingredients in a small bowl until well mixed. Apply to the face and allow it to sit for thirty minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Also, a good natural shielding lotion protects against the elements, prevents moisture loss while still allowing the skin to breath, reduces the absorption of toxins, and is free of toxic chemicals (some skin care ingredients are even worse than chemical pollutants.)
Almost everything you do can damage skin. Spending time in the kitchen, washing your hands frequently while cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning can leave hands dry and irritated. Over exposure to water and chemicals damages the skin’s natural protective barrier and strips the skin of essential moisturizing oils. When gardening your hands are often in the dirt and can come into contact with some dangerous chemicals. The weather can also reek havoc on your skin. Harsh winds can chap and dry skin causing it to become uncomfortable. You must protect against the elements with a shielding lotion.
Here’s to natural, healthy skin!
Amber Humphries, an expert author focusing on naturally healthy skin care, contributes articles for 21st Century Formulations and their product line, Skin MD Natural ( http://www.skinmdnatural.com ). For more info go to http://www.skinmdnatural.com/dry-skin-care/
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