6 Natural Ways to Reduce Acne

Being a teenager is tough. School, homework, peer pressure, parents, and hormones. Hormones often mean acne which is the bane of every teenager’s existence. The good news is, acne is a common teenage problem with a variety of solutions today. While many teenagers take medicine, there are some sure ways to improve and even reduce acne with natural remedies.

What Causes Acne Anyway?

Acne is a condition in which the skin, especially the skin on the face erupts into tons of pimples that hurt and itch. These pimples tend to leave scares after disappearing and cause permanent damage if not treated properly. To treat and reduce acne, it is important to understand what causes acne in the first place. The skin has tons of pores and when dust and dirt particles enter these pores, pimples appear. Acne is a severe condition of this. Teenagers are often inflicted by this because they are in that stage when their body is developing and the skin excretes a lot of oil. The oil provides a sticky layer which traps dirt, dust, dead skin and other particles and gets them caught in your pores.

So what are some natural ways to reduce acne? Here’s a list of 8 great and natural ways to reduce acne and keep it under control.

1. B5 – Pantothenic Acid

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Vitamin B5 is a major component of Coenzyme A (CoA). The body uses CoA to metabolize (burn up) fatty acids (like the oil in our skin). So the more vitamin B5 we have, the faster our body can eliminate these pesky oils. This means less oil will accumulate in our skin, which will help to reduce the occurrence of acne. By shrinking the size of the skin’s pores, vitamin B5 helps to reduce the chances of pores becoming clogged by dead skin cells, sebum and other dirt. When pores are filled with all this gunk they become the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes acne. #breakout #pimples #zits #acneproblems #acnescars #skinproblems #skincare #skincaretips #acnefightingtips #acnetreatment #acnesupport #vitaminb5

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Vitamin B complex is composed of 8 B-vitamins, many of which are important for healthy and beautiful skin. In case of problems with acne, vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid, is particularly interesting. The vitamin is found in all of the body’s cells as a component of the important coenzyme A (CoA). You may not know but CoA plays a crucial role in the metabolism of fat and the formation of hormones in the body. This particular synthesis is thought to be the reason why this vitamin may be so effective in treating acne. The vitamin works by reducing the sebum production which is the basic problem in the onset of acne. So, girls, get loaded up on B5 for that flawless skin!

2. Take Probiotics to Reduce Acne 

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A well-functioning stomach is a basic requirement for healthy skin. The skin is dependent on nutrients, and these are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. If your stomach is not working as it should, you are more likely to suffer from skin problems such as acne. Nutritional deficiencies can also disturb hormonal balance which means more skin eruptions for you. An addition of probiotics is particularly important when the natural bacterial flora of the intestine is disrupted by an antibiotic course. Probiotics also help the body to get rid of toxins and improve digestion and nutritional uptake. Yogurt, kefir and fermented products are some of the brilliant sources of those friendly bacteria for your gut.

3.  Zinc

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Zinc is an important mineral for the skin since about 20 percent of the body’s zinc is stored in the skin. It also plays a significant role in wound healing and cell renewal. Acne and other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and skin eruptions can occur and even worsen if you are deficient in zinc. The mineral also plays an important role in the hormone balance. The imbalance between zinc and copper where the zinc value is lower in relation to the copper value can lead to high levels of estrogen relative to progesterone. This will not only mean more breakouts for you but may also lead to PMS symptoms and abnormally heavy flow during menstruation. So, don’t forget to include zinc-rich foods in your diet such as legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and dairy products.

4. GLA – Gamalin Oleic Acid

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The skin needs fatty acids to be healthy and particularly interesting are the GLA fatty acids. GLA fatty acids are not only needed for the build-up of the skin’s protective barrier, but also for the formation of the body’s important prostaglandins. These are hormone-like neurotransmitters that help acne and eczema by reducing the inflammation of the skin and balancing the sebum production. The same prostaglandin also affects how strongly the body reacts to the hormone fluctuations during a menstrual period, which means that the intake of GLA fatty acids can also reduce problems related to PMS. You can obtain it from vegetable oils such as evening primrose oil, blackcurrant seed oil and hemp seed oil. It is also found in varying amounts in oats, hemp seeds, barley, and spirulina.

5. Stay Away from Dehydrating Products

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Never use skin care that dries the skin, especially in acne. Dehydrating products stress the skin and sebaceous glands to produce even more sebum/fat to protect the skin. There is skincare specifically adapted to acne problems that contain healing and soothing herbs. Many also have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, which also reduces the redness of the skin. If you can’t find one at your local store, try DIY stuff. For example, use cucumber and potato juice in place of your regular cleanser or argan oil to moisturize your skin. These not only save you money but are also 100% natural. It’s simple, the right products reduce acne.

6. Natural Makeup Only

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Now makeup is the best friend of young girls. However, you need to make sure that you always use natural makeup that contains healing and soothing herbs and allows the skin to breathe. Avoid makeup that contains mineral oil, parabens and other preservatives as they can clog pores and affect hormonal balance. There are many good organic and natural brands available in the market now and you can even buy these products online. To reduce acne, natural makeup is the way to go!

Bye Bye Acne 

Acne is quite a common problem and can happen because of a number of reasons. Conventional treatments, however, often cause redness, dryness and even irritation. The good news is that there are many natural remedies that can do wonders to reduce acne. Don’t forget that for a smooth complexion and flawless skin, it is important to watch your diet and stay as natural as possible.