What causes acne? These simple tips will help you stop acne before it starts, and will help you to find acne sensitive skin treatments that work and that help you look and feel great without skin irritation.
It used to be that doctors thought acne was the result of bacteria infecting the skin. Now we know that acne is an inflammatory process in the body.
Knowing this can help us to find acne sensitive skin treatments that address the "root" of the problem.
If we know what causes acne, then we can find solutions!
There are amazing and complex processes of communications that happen every day between different glands, organs and hormones in our bodies which are connected to our skin.
That is why we tend to develop acne during times in our lives when our hormones are changing, like our teenage years or during pregnancy or menopause.
That is also why if we tend to develop acne, why we get breakouts during stressful periods. Our bodies release stress hormones which can cause an acne eruption.
There are other complex hormonal interactions which can indirectly cause acne, such as insulin resistance which affects the thyroid gland, which then affects the other hormones of the body.
In addition to hormonal changes, there are other factors which can contribute to what causes acne. I am going to discuss some of these here so you can take a look at these in your own life. Do any of these ring a bell for you?
Yes, I'm sorry to say, those yummy, fun to eat sugary sweets that we all love are REALLY bad for your sensitive skin. Why? Eating sugar produces more insulin, which creates more testosterone in our bodies. Yes, both men and women have testosterone!
The testosterone increases the body's production of sebum which can cause an acne breakout. If you can only do one thing for your acne sensitive skin treatment, you might try simply eliminating sugar.
Sugar is one of the leading causes of acne and many other health and dental problems. Why then do so many of us LOVE to eat it?
Well, sugar gives us a 'rush' and makes us feel good. It raises our blood sugar temporarily, causing what some people call a 'sugar high'. Then after a few hours, our blood sugar drops quickly, and we end up feeling more tired than we were before.
Some people find that they have an addiction to sugar, and that they have trouble eliminating it from their diet, no matter how hard they try. Here are some tips for eliminating sugar.
You can learn more about this at our foods that cause acne page.
Say it isn't so!! Yes, caffeine is thought to be one of the causes of acne because it stimulates an increased level of stress hormones in your body, which definitely aggravates acne!
Caffeine is in coffee, tea, sodas, pain relievers and many energy drinks. It sure is easy to get addicted to the rush of energy that caffeine provides!
What if you really REALLY love your morning cup of coffee?? Or can't get your eyes open without it?
The key is to taper down your caffeine use slowly and gradually. Try our Gentle Eight Week Caffeine Cleanse!
You are welcome to document your progress through our free Natural Beauty Blog Journal service. It's a fun way to share!
Congratulations!! You're already at 'half and half'! Are you starting to notice any changes to your acne And how do you feel?
Congratulations!! Do you notice any changes to your acne? And how do you feel?
A recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that acne can be reduced by half simply by eliminating processed and refined foods and by eating a diet of whole grains, lean meats, fish and fruits and vegetables.
Yes, what causes acne is eating too many processed and refined foods, which deprives our bodies of the fiber that we need for healthy elimination, and the enzymes, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to detoxify and balance ourselves in today's stressful world.
This is a REALLY important cause of acne, with a VERY simple solution, but it does take a little more effort than just putting a cream on your face. The rewards however, are GREAT!
Imagine having healthy, glowing and radiant skin, more energy and less fatigue and exhaustion.
Sound good? Go here to our MOST Effective Natural Acne Treatment page!
Some medications such as such as corticosteroids, immunity-suppressing drugs and thyroid medications can cause acne. If you are taking any of these medications, talk to your doctor and see what might be possible to help clear your skin.
In some cases, the products you are using to help your sensitive skin may actually be contributing to acne. Yes, in some cases what causes acne is your sensitive skin products!
The reason for this is that skin care ingredients are not regulated in most countries, and so your skin care products may contain ingredients that can cause skin irritation, inflammation, hormonal disruptions and acne.
Please see our Guide to Safe Cosmetics for some suggestions on skin care ingredients to avoid which can be causes of acne and which can inflame sensitive skin.
If you want to get rid of acne I highly recommend you use less irritating skin care products. We seen many people with acne clear up their complexions in a few weeks by using very pure hypoallergenic skin care products . Use them according to this simple, four step acne sensitive skin treatment program and you will see an improvement within 2 weeks, guaranteed!
Some physicians believe there is a connection between aluminum toxicity and acne. There are many toxins that we ingest every day from our air, our water, our food and our personal care products.
Aluminum accumulates in our bodies and our brains, and is found in our cookware, in aluminum foil, in pain relievers, antacids, and personal care products including deodorants and douches. Aluminum is also found in foods such as processed cheese.
Though doctors still disagree about the effects of aluminum toxicity, I recommend you avoid aluminum wherever possible. Use stainless steel or cast iron cookware and use a hypoallergenic deodorant that does not contain aluminum. There are plenty of healthier alternatives that are still effective will be less toxic for your body.
Remember, the fewer toxins you put into your body, the less work your body has to do to stay healthy. Be kind to your body and your complexion will thank you!
If you have makeup and facial products that you bought last year, let them go and buy a fresh supply. Bacteria can accumulate on cosmetics that are over 6 months old and irritate your skin.
Now that's a new one on me. I had no idea about this, but your pillowcase is a little know contributor to acne outbreaks.
Here is a very simple acne sensitive skin treatment for you. Use a fresh pillowcase! Bacteria can accumulate on your pillowcases especially when you have acne outbreaks. Be sure to wash them at least twice a week.
Some people with severe acne find that it helps to change the pillowcase every other day by sleeping on one side the first night, then turning the pillowcase over and sleeping on the other side the next night. Then, they put that one in the laundry and put on a fresh pillowcase!
This is a very simple and effective acne sensitive skin treatment!
Now that you have a better idea of what causes acne, you can see that it IS possible to get rid of acne WITHOUT using toxic skin creams or expensive treatments.
In fact, in my own personal experience, acne can be mostly or even completely eliminated by making some simple changes to your lifestyle. These will not only help clear your acne, but will also dramatically improve your overall health.
My very favorite program for helping to clear up acne naturally is the Acne No More which helps to eliminate ALL the causes of acne naturally. This is one of THE most popular acne treatment programs, and it is my top choice for several reasons.
This program is written by certified nutritionist Mike Walden, who suffered from acne himself, which motivated him to search for seven long years to find a solution.
It is is aimed at helping to permanently free you from acne by fixing what causes acne in your unique body.
Although you are likely to begin to see results right away, this doesn't happen overnight, and so should not be undertaken by those who are looking for a quick fix.
Mike offers a huge amount of information (the book itself is 223 pages long) which is organized into practical easy to follow steps, complete with checklists and charts to help you get started.
His program is customizable to your own unique skin challenges, is interactive at each step of the way, and is continually updated with new information.
The program is interactive and offers free professional counseling with a certified nutritionist. This alone is worth the price of the program in my opinion!
Perhaps best of all, the program is practical and simple to follow. So many of the holistic acne treatment programs out there are so complicated and expensive that you simply don't have the time OR the money to do them.
Of all the natural acne treatment programs I've found, the Acne No More system is the best value and my top recommendation for affordable and effective acne sensitive skin treatment.