Natural Family Health Care
Your daughter is going to her first big social event. Her hair and nail appointments are already scheduled for the morning of the big day and she has her dress, shoes and accessories. You can’t wait to see your little princess looking and feeling just like one – the first of hopefully many in her life.
She wakes up the morning of the big day, runs to the bathroom to brush her teeth and then… you hear her scream, “OH NO! MOMMYYYYY!” You rush to her side and there it is, plain as day, an acne breakout on her forehead and she’s wearing her hair up, so it’s going to show. Another breakout ruins the day!
Acne, blackheads, pimples, zits – different names for the same condition that plagues many adolescents and teenagers and often, it seems, at the worst possible times. Acne can leave scars -physical and emotional – in its wake, especially when a teen has a serious case of it. Kids can be cruel to each other and acne gives them just one more reason.
What causes acne? There are a number of theories – stress, hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual cycle, use of birth control pills), medications, and heredity – are just a few. Acne occurs when there is an overproduction of sebum, oil that’s produced by the sebaceous glands in the pores of your skin. When this oil mixes with bacteria and dead skin cells, the result is acne.
There are literally hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription acne medications, but side effects range from irritation and redness to an increased risk of depression and suicide and everything in between. Sometimes the treatment really is more dangerous than the condition that it’s treating.
Drug-free acne treatments include drinking lots of water to flush out toxins, washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, exercising to reduce stress, wearing loose-fitting clothing while exercising (to avoid friction between clothes and body sweat in areas that are prone to acne) and using oil-free makeup.
Proper nutritional support may help decrease the severity and number of breakouts. Acne is difficult to live with at any age – ask us for some guidance if you or your child needs help with this condition.