Although I hardly need to bother about finding out the best natural acne treatment these days, it never hurts to do a little research, in case I discover my daughter has inherited my family’s acne gene.
When I was young I never believed that acne had a lot to do with what I ate. I had always thought it was just dirt or lack of sleep. I was, like almost every other teen ager, hooked on the promises of anti-acne creams via their tv and magazine ads promising clear skin in two days and countless admirers.
According to several natural acne treatment advice sites, acne is a skin problem that comes from the actions of hormones on the skin’s sebaceous glands (see illustration from wikipedia at left). This leads to clogged pores, which are blackheads and whiteheads. Outbreak of cysts or nodules–what we know as pimples–are other consequences of the irritation of the sebaceous glands.
Acne affects mostly teenagers mainly because of their starchy, sugary and fatty diets. Irregular sleeping habits, which may lead to problems in bowel movement, can also cause acne. This is because if bowels are not moved properly, waste matter stays much too long in the body and suffuses the bloodstream with toxic matter. This of course, affects the skin, leading to the presence of acne.
Now that I know better, it’s curious why I hardly ever get acne, even during the days just before my period. I do have a nightly regimen of rubbing my face with a cotton ball and astringent, and other than that it’s the usual face washing and bathing. I don’t have to try too hard these days to keep my face acne free, but I do have scars from the time I was a teen-ager.