If there is one thing that you may agree on, this is what trying to figure out what causes acne and how to get rid of it can be disturbing, gersh-dern confuses (to put it mildly).
Let me help you by explaining two different aspects of the cause: the root cause of acne versus the symptomatic cause.
Knowing this can help you quickly figure out and stay up to date with the long term.
Symptomatic causes of acne
The reason why acne is so confusing is because it is such a multi-faceted song and dance. Throw some inflammation, hormones, oil, clogged pores and bacteria in the pan together, and acne occurs.
The above factors are what comes down to what is called the symptomatic cause of acne.
These are the ultimate factors that actually create acne.
Due to the balance, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone trigger oil production and the rapid separation of skin cells, leading to clogged pores.
The bacteria penetrate the pores and get stuck in the shutter, which then causes your body, creating inflammation there to cure the infection.
If the inflammation in your body is higher than it should be, then your acne will be bigger, redder and stick longer.
How to Treat Symptomatic Causes of Acne
You can try to treat acne on a symptomatic level, interrupting one of the above processes.
So you can, for example:
- Use supplements to balance hormones (examples such as vitex or DIM)
- Use antibacterial agents in your skin to kill bacteria (for example, tea tree oil or manuka honey)
- Using external skin care oils (such as hemp oil) to dilute and balance skin's own oil and protect the skin barrier
- Use a supplement to lower inflammation (for example, curcumin) or support the liver (for example, Thorne SAT) or something that helps the functioning of the digestive system (for example, digestive enzymes)
In addition, common allopathic remedies, such as benzoyl peroxide and other creams, antibiotics, birth control, and everything else they give you, are all treatments of acne for a symptomatic reason.
I definitely prefer natural remedies, as they have fewer side effects, if any.
The problem is only with the symptoms of acne symptoms.
The only problem with treating acne on a symptomatic level is that you ignore the questions:
- What causes inflammation?
- Why are my pores clogged?
- Why am I over-producing butter?
- Why are my hormones from being hit?
- Who invited these bacteria to my pores?
The answer to these questions is the main cause of acne.
If you treat only the symptomatic cause of acne, then you either cannot completely clear (if at all) or, if you wish, it may not last long. Because the root cause is still unresolved.
Root acne treatment
Root causes for acne potentially include:
This is what ultimately leads to problems with digestion and liver overload and stress on the HPA axis.
These things can then lead to inflammation and hormonal imbalances, which lead to oils, clogged pores and blackheads.
You most likely have several reasons, and they all intertwine with each other, so it is very important to use a holistic approach and not put all the eggs in one basket.
For example, stress and lack of sleep increase blood sugar levels, and your strange blood sugar levels can affect your mood. Or inflammatory foods can affect your intestinal microbioses, and your bowel function or exercise levels can affect your mood and stress.
The problem is only in the treatment of root causes of acne
The only problem in treating the underlying cause of acne is that it can sometimes take a long time to heal the root causes.
While each one clears up at a different rate, many people have to stay in line with changes in underlying causes for many months before they see their skin being cleansed.
It’s worth it at the end, but at the same time it can get pretty unpleasant!
Therefore, it is usually better to do both.
Treating the symptomatic symptoms of acne will usually help you get a little faster when you work on root causes.
Reliably cleanse your skin for life.
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