Acne is a condition caused by blocked pores which have become infected, symptoms range from slight blemishes to deep skin infections. It may appear as a local infection of the skin, red sores, pimples, blackheads or whiteheads and can led to scarring if poor hygiene, secondary infection or trauma has complicated this problem. Too much oil (sebum), accumulation of dead skin and blocked pores all contribute to this condition, as well as taking certain medications like birth control pills, bad cosmetics, puberty and stress.
Very common amongst teenagers and young adults specially during puberty, as there is a lot of hormonal fluctuation. When hormone levels increase so do oily skin conditions and stress levels. These hormonal changes are the reason for the problem of acne among women who are premenstrual or who take oral contraceptives and men too.
Poor diet also plays a major part in outbreaks of acne. You need to decrease your intake of refined sugars and saturated fats and eat more raw fruits and vegetables and maintain a clean regime for skincare. Facial steams to unblock pores and hair follicles are a key component of any acne treatment. Keeping the skin very clean and oil free and pores clear are crucial. An antibacterial cleanser (not adulterated) to fully clean the skin and an antiseptic toner and a light moisturizer with essential oils that are antiseptic and healing are very important to clear this condition.
Over washing, over manipulating and over drying skin that has acne can complicate the healing process, as well as cause scarring. Additional aromatherapy treatments should be done several times a week to help exfoliate dead skin cells, and thoroughly clean and balance the skin. These weekly remedies include facial steaming, deep cleansing, clay masks and compresses. The aim is to clean, exfoliate and draw out impurities and accumulated sebum.
When the pores are kept clean, a healthy diet is maintained, exercise is regular and stress levels are at a minimum, then acne will diminish or disappear. Healing acne must involve good diet, lifestyle and skin care modifications. There is no magic to attack this ailment, a comprehensive approach is required. Aromatherapy has a lot to offer in acne treatments, because essential oils are very potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents, unsurpassed by modern acne treatments in the market today. Used correctly therapeutic essential oils are highly antiseptic without harsh side effects, such as dryness and peeling, a healing aid, safe and gentle on the skin.
Why not give Aromatherapy a chance, after all it is nature’s pharmacy which can only work accurately on all skin types.
Integrated Holistic Therapist