Updated: Mar 4
So you have acne. You have tried all kinds of products to get rid of it. Nothing is working. You feel embarrassed and it is affecting your life. You don't want to go out with your friends. All you want to do is hide in your bedroom. Now what?
Let's look at the cause. What exactly is acne and why do you have it?
Acne is an inflammatory disorder. It is an inflammatory response to a combination of things. These things include, excess oil(sebum) production, hair follicles that are clogged with dead skin cells, and bacteria overgrowth. When all these things happen at once, your body causes an inflammatory response.
This inflammatory response shows up in many ways. Some of the ways include pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and large painful lumps under the skin. It can show up on your forehead, face, upper back, shoulders, or chest.
It tends to happen during the teenage years due to changes in hormones during puberty. During these years, your sebaceous glands get larger and make more oil. It has also been found that acne may worsen from a diet that is heavy in unhealthy white carbohydrate foods, such as bread and bagels. Some people have found giving up gluten or dairy will help improve acne. In addition, stress plays a significant role in acne flare ups. Teens tend to have high levels of stress with all the demands placed on them nowadays.
If you are using all different kinds of skin care products to try to defeat your acne, you are most likely making it worse. Aggressive skin care products will cause your skin to get angry and flare up even more. Think twice before applying those strong products that promise to get rid of acne. Don't scrub hard. You may make matters worse. It is important that you do not have the mindset that the stronger the better when it comes to treating your acne. Your skin needs gentleness to help it heal.
So now we know why you have acne. We also know that nothing you have used on your face has helped to get rid of your acne. But there is hope.
A few recent studies have shown that using probiotics as a topical on your skin may help to improve acne.
One study found that individuals with acne who were treated with topical probiotics experienced a reduction in the severity of the acne and improvement of the skin. It would make sense that if acne is a result of an inflammatory response to "bad" bacteria, that adding "good" bacteria to balance out your skin microbiome could help. This is the same way that oral probiotics help to balance your gut health. Topical ones may do the same for your skin.
The idea behind topical probiotics in skin health is that it will help to build a healthier mix of all kinds of bacteria, therefore, keeping the "bad" bacteria controlled. This is all still very new technology in skin care. There are not many skin care brands that contain probiotics. A skin brand that does contain probiotics and may be beneficial is TreSkinRX. This company has formulated an advanced skin care line that contains probiotics and uses healing medical grade aloe vera in their products. The combination of these two ingredients has shown promising results for those that suffer from acne and rosacea.
Currently the traditional treatment for acne is using oral antibiotics. These kill both the "good" and the "bad" bacteria. But, we want to keep the "good" bacteria because it is beneficial to healthy skin. Plus, these antibiotics have a long list of undesirable side effects, such as nausea and diarrhea. They are not good for long-term use. Perhaps trying a topical skin care that contains a natural healthy probiotic would be worth a try prior to jumping into any prescribed pharmaceutical drug.
Research has found that taking oral probiotics in combination with using a topical probiotic may create even greater results in helping you get rid of that dreaded acne. These are both a natural and safe options when finding a solution for your acne problem. If you have tried a product that contains probiotics and have had positive results, I would love to hear from you! Please comment or message me.
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