Is acne your worst nightmare? Don’t worry, we can help you.
Acne can be of several types. Hence, precautions and treatment of your acne begin with the identification of the type of acne. Acne can generally be divided into blackhead acne, whitehead acne, cysts, nodules, pus, and aggregated acne. This blog focuses on cystic acne which is a more serious form of it. That’s why we don’t recommend the treatment of cyst acne at home. The help of a professional dermatologist is the best aid you can provide yourself.
Let’s have a look at some things you can do to avoid or curb the effects of cyst acne.
Whatever you eat, shows up on your face. Want to get rid of your cyst acne? Keep your diet as light as possible. Drink lots and lots of water and eat more vegetables and fruits. Keep your diet low in oil, sweets, stimulation, foods containing pigments, and artificial spices.
Also, avoid smoking, drinking, spicy foods, supplements, and foods containing caffeine like teas, coffee, cocoa, chocolates, etc. These foods excite oil secretion and promote endocrine disorders which can worsen your acne. You can rather add more anti-inflammatory foods like non-spicy red chili, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, apple, purple grapes, and black tea. Additionally, foods with 3 fatty acids like cheese pears, nuts, walnuts, nutmeg, curry, and olive oil are amazingly anti-acne.
Clean it right and clean it well
Cyst acne is only one of the several infections your skin may have. You can even end up developing pus. Hence, you should avoid vigorous rubbing of your face while washing it with a face cleanser. That can make your acne even worse. So, be gentle on your face and do not wash it more than three times a day. It’s also recommended not to have a too long face wash time.
Use quality anti-acne products
Cystic acne can take days for self-curing. It is thus a good idea to get a few quality anti-acne products for faster results. These products can wipe out, or at least, shorten the recovery time of your acne.
For daily usage, you should avoid anti-acne products containing irritants like mint or alcohol. Always go for mild anti-acne products to avoid inflammation and have better repair and defense ability for your skin. You can use the local disinfectant containing benzene peroxide in combination as it’s more effective in curing your acne.
Disclaimer: Use benzene peroxide only in the guidance of your doctor.
Do not pop your acne
Do not pop your acne. If you do it, you’re only going to escalate your problems. You have a lot of bacterias on your hands and a popped up acne can allow those to enter and infect your skin tissues. Also, extruding your acne makes your skin more prone to damage and inflammation, and even worse, leaves acne marks and scars. If you really can’t stand your cystic acne, you should get it extruded correctly with your doctor’s help.
Cystic acne is generally the result of intensive skin infection due to pore blockage. These blocked pores obstruct the discharge of the sebaceous gland secretions which upon accumulation cause cyst. Improper handling of cystic acne may lead to more serious problems and that’s why we recommend proper treatment under your doctor’s guidance.
Cut down your intake of dairy products
Whether it is full fat or skim milk, it can complicate your acne. Milk contains some inflammatory ingredients like 5alpha reductase, IGF-1, Leucine, etc. These ingredients are difficult to be inactivated during the production process. Along with the protection of casein in milk, these ingredients aren’t easily decomposed by the digestive system and are consumed directly by the body.
However, yogurt doesn’t promote acne. This is because the lactic acid in yogurt uses the IGF-1 in fermentation. Also, the IGF-1 content in yogurt is significantly lower than that in other dairy products.
Protect yourself against the sun
Many people believe that with acne on their faces, they shouldn’t be using cosmetics and even sunscreen. However, the ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the primary culprit of acne. So don’t forget to protect your skin against the sun.
You need to be extra careful while choosing a sunscreen for your acne-ridden skin. You should always go for the product that’s refreshing and not greasy. The best ingredients to have in your sunscreen would be butyl phenol, aflatoxin, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide. Make sure you buy something that contains these active ingredients. In case your acne is too serious or you just don’t want to use sunscreen, make sure you go out well covered with physical sunscreens like hats, umbrellas, etc.
Note: For acne-prone skins, the following foods are most beneficial
OMEGA-3 rich foods
OMEGA-3 fatty acids cannot be synthesized by our body and hence we need to get it from our diet. These fatty acids reduce inflammation and boost the skin defense system. Flaxseed oil, sesame oil, perilla oil, sea fish oil, etc. are rich in OMEGA-3. Having said that, the conversion rate of vegetable oil in the body is quite low, and hence, sea fish oil is your best source of OMEGA-3. But, you need to be careful to choose sea fish oil with low mercury. Sharks, Salmon, Swords, etc. are high in mercury due to bio-concentration. Tuna, Sardines, etc. are good choices.
Disclaimer: Some marine organisms like Sharks aren’t recommended in diets just because of their particularity. Respect mother nature.
Carotene and vitamin B rich foods
Carotene is converted into vitamin A in our body which maintains the normal metabolism of skin keratinocytes and keeps the sebum secretion in check. So we recommend you to eat citrus fruits, tomatoes, oranges, and other foods containing carotene.
Another important fact to consider is that vitamin A is fat-soluble and its excessive consumption may lead to poisoning. On the other hand, vitamin B is water-soluble and both its supplement and consumption is faster. You don’t have to worry much about the side effects of vitamin B supplementation. Hence, we don’t recommend the consumption of vitamin A.
Disclaimer: Vitamin supplements must be taken under your doctor’s guidance. You can avoid these supplements if the normal vitamin containing foods can meet your daily demands. In case you need additional vitamin supplements owing to typical conditions, do seek your doctor’s guidance.
Zinc regulates the secretion of skin oil. In the case of lack of zinc in our body, the skin sebum overflow increases which may easily lead to acne. To include zinc in your diet, you may opt for animal internal organs, seafood, nuts, oysters, kelp, and other zinc-rich foods.
Disclaimer: Seafood isn’t recommended for people allergic to it. Also, too much animal internal organs aren’t recommended. Occasional consumption is acceptable, though.