Lynette D. Jones Esthetics
Acne is the most common skin condition in the world, affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and almost everyone at some point in their life. There are thousands of creams, medications and treatments available to treat acne, and in this overabundance of options, it can be quite confusing to know which one is the best.
How can I remove pimples from my face?
If your skin is prone to problematic pimples, we can help. Blemishes or a nasty breakout can negatively affect both your complexion and confidence and are never fun to deal with in any shape or form.
If you feel like you’ve tried everything, don’t give up hope. While there’s no secret recipe to clear skin, with the right acne treatment and a commitment to healthy skincare practices (including some nifty lifestyle changes), you can take back control of your skin and ultimately, improve your complexion.
- Topical Treatment – This refers to acne medications that are applied directly onto the skin, like gels, creams, ointments, and serums.
- Oral Supplements
- Self-Care – Self-care practices and lifestyle choices can also improve your complexion.
- Zinc Monomethionine – This form of zinc is the most bio-available form that acts directly as an anti-inflammatory. Many people with acne have low levels of zinc in their body. Supplementing with zinc has been shown to reduce the severity of cysts and inflamed lesions.
- Omega 3 Fish Oils – Fish oil is a great anti-inflammatory and helps to alter sebum production; HOWEVER, only if it’s molecularly distilled or pharmaceutical grade. Unfortunately, many fish oil supplements are oxidized which actually creates more inflammation. So, only take it if you are sure about your source.
- Probiotics – These are good bacteria that colonize the digestive tract and the skin. They can help people who have been on long-term antibiotics (both oral and topical). These good bacteria compete with the pathogenic bacteria and can help improve the incidence of breakouts.
How can I clear up acne fast?
Take preventative measures to ensure the process goes along smoothly when trying to successfully heal a pimple overnight. For example, cleansing your face, moisturizing, and using the right spot treatment are things to keep in mind when trying to reduce the visibility of a blemish.
- Finding a great non-irritant, soap-free cleanser is going to be the most important step in healing a pimple overnight. Gently exfoliating with a washcloth when cleansing will clean pores and remove bacteria. We recommend the Gentle Facial Cleanser from Complexions Clinical Skincare.
- It’s important to keep the skin moisturized, so you’ll want to apply a light oil-free moisturizer so pores do not become clogged. A great on to try is Complexions Clinical Skincare’s H20 Balancing Moisturizer.
- When it comes to spot treatments it’s best to find one that is non-abrasive and hydrating to the area but can work fast and clear up redness and irritation. Look for ingredients such as sulfur soothing green tea and dipotassium glycyrrhizate.
What foods trigger acne?
You may not be surprised to see dairy at the top of the list, as it is a commonly known acne culprit, and for well-backed reasons.
Research shows that dairy products such as milk may indeed trigger acne for some people. This is because milk increases the insulin-like growth factor-1, otherwise called IGF-1, which in turn ultimately leads to the production of sebum. Sebum is the oil made by the glands under the skin which combines with dead skin cells to feed and exacerbate acne-causing bacteria.
Dermatologists also encourage their acne patients to keep high-glycemic foods to a minimum. High-glycemic foods are foods that lead to a drastic spike in blood sugar, causing you to “crash” after that initial sugar high.
It won’t come as a surprise that high-fat snacks are on the naughty list, especially those containing saturated and trans-fats as they cause inflammation in the body. Avoid food such as processed meats, oily snack foods, cheese, and fast food. Stick to healthy fats found in foods such as avocados, olive oil, nuts, fish, and seeds.
Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many of us who suffer from chronic inflammatory acne may benefit from taking relatively higher doses (1000-1700mg) of purified omega- 3 oils present mostly in wild ocean fish such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring.Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and the body utilizes them in many ways. Of particular relevance to acne sufferers, they may help regulate hormones and in addition help to shorten the intensity of your breakout. Please note: that although there is no known toxicity associated with using fish oils over long term, you should check with your physician particularly if you have a chronic underlying illness or are pregnant.
We have chosen a high quality fish oil supplement to help with your acne. Our fish oil capsules are of therapeutic quality and are enteric coated to help assimilate the omega-3‘s in the most efficient way possible. In addition they are formulated not to have a fishy after taste and are guaranteed burp free.
What age is acne the worst?
Typically, acne is most commonly linked to the changes in hormone levels which is why it becomes most prominent during puberty. Acne can still appear at many points in our lives and has been known to pop up when we are under a lot of stress, have a poor diet, and can also be a symptom of pregnancy.
When hormones cause the grease-producing glands to overproduce it is usually harmless, but as it becomes more aggressive it can cause inflammation and pustules.
Pores can also become blocked by hormones thickening the inner lining of the hair follicle. Cleaning the skin does not help to remove this blockage.
If you or someone you know is affected by acne, come to Lynette D Jones Esthetics, where our kind and professional aesthetician has the knowledge and skillset to help you find relief and even your complexion! To get in touch with a specialist, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to book an appointment!