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10 Effective Natural Remedies For Acne

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If you experience chronic breakouts medication, isn't the only option. These natural solutions will help alleviate symptoms and address causes of the condition.

In the U.S., millions of men and women struggle with acne breakouts. A study from the American Academy of Dermatology found that acne affects more than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29, and more than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49. The study also surmised that, compared to men, a disproportionate number of adult women are affected.

The skin is our largest organ, impacted by various factors, including lifestyle and hormones. Acne is a disease that affects the skin's oil glands, causing inflammation, blocked pores, and pimples. The condition can be worsened by factors such as use of progestogen-only contraceptive pills, the natural hormonal shifts associated with menstruation and pregnancy, and certain medications. Thankfully, there are tried-and-true tips and methods that offer healing--soothing natural remedies that don't just minimize symptoms, but diminish causes as well.

1. Mindfulness
Stress has been proven to impact hormonal balance, which in turn affects the skin. While it might not seem like a quick enough fix, embracing a simple breath practice can do wonders for cultivating calm and staving off the stress and anxiety that can influence breakouts. A foundational practice such as alternate nostril breathing is a great way to build resilience for a lifetime of balance and stress reduction.

2. Diet
What we eat has an impact on our skin. Studies have shown that when we cut high-glycemic foods (carbs such as those found in white foods--wheat, rice, potatoes--sugars) symptoms can decrease. When we're rushing or overtired, we tend to resort to comfort carbs that are easier to grab on the go. Plan for these moments by preparing healthy snacks--vegetable sticks and hummus/bean dip, a handful of low-sodium nuts, or an apple are great easy foods to pack for the day. When planning meals, be sure to include cruciferous vegetables--broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower. These vegetables offer fiber, phytochemicals, and are packed with nutrients, especially Vitamin A, which is a powerful defense against acne and sebum production.

Erin Casperson, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Kripalu Yoga Teacher, says that, from an Ayurvedic point of view, acne signifies an excess of pitta (heat) in the digestive system. "The pitta-aggravating foods to avoid are ones that are acidic/sour, overly salted, overly fatty, and overly heating: processed salty foods, fried foods, fermented foods, cheese, alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. Choose fresh vegetables, whole grains, sweet fruits, legumes, lean meats, and water (at room temperature)," says Casperson.

3. Probiotics
Research demonstrates that healthy intestinal flora plays a big part in our overall wellness. New findings suggest that the health of the gut flora can also affect acne, meaning probiotics can be a solid internal intervention for dealing with the causes of acne. "The probiotics will line the gut and create a healthy, sealed barrier that prevents inflammation that can trigger acne or rosacea," according to Whitney P. Bowe, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.

To learn seven other natural remedies for acne, read the original article on Sonima.com.

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