Natural Beauty Care Guide
 

Skin Problems

Growing Up With Acne

Every age has its own problems. Acne, pimples and blackheads are some of the common problems that cause anguish during the process of growing up.

Acne is mostly a problem of adolescence, though it could be due to hormonal imbalance too. The female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are produced during the early growing up years, and the body needs time to adjust to this. An imbalance is created. The androgen hormones produced by the adrenal glands also affect the texture of the skin. The result of all these hormonal changes can manifest into excessive oiliness of the skin and scalp and also excessive perspiration. Too much secretion of oil clogs the pores, leading to blackheads and spots. Infected blackheads may lead to acne and pimples. A very aggressive cleanliness regime is needed to combat this situation. A few simple Do's and Don'ts will help.

Don't ever "pick" a pimple. The natural healing cycle for a pimple is 7 days. According to dermatologists, when you "pick" a pimple, you interrupt this cycle and set back the healing process by another 7 days. The best thing is to wait and let it dry on its own.
DO'S

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Clean your face as often as you can.
  • Use astringents to help get rid of excess oil.
  • Eat more fruits and raw vegetables.
  • Bathe frequently and use cooling lotions during summer.
  • Keep your nails trimmed neatly to avoid dirt being carried to your face and increase chances of infection.

DON'T
  • Eat oily and starchy foods.
  • Use any make-up.

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