After summer and sun exposures, teenagers, but not only, sometimes suffer from acne flare-ups a few weeks after returning from vacation.
What causes acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin reaction.Stress and hormones are important factors that can lead to the development of pimples.
Your body responds to stress by producing more cortisol (the stress hormone), which causes excessive stimulation of the sebaceous glands.
What are the sebaceous glands for?
The skin consists of 3 layers; epidermis, derm and hypodermis.
Touch nerves, sweat glands and sebaceous glands are found in the derme.
These sebaceous glands have the function of producing sebum; a fatty and toxic substance whose primary purpose is to waterproof the skin, protect it from germs and prevent it from drying out.
However, this sebum is then stored in your pores, where bacteria are trapped. When the pore bursts under the skin, it causes inflammation around the affected area, forming a cyst on the surface.
As a result, acne is a common and chronic dermatological disease of the hair-sebaceous system (which includes the hair follicle, hair shaft and sebaceous gland secreting sebum, at the root of the hair).
It usually occurs in adolescence and is related to sebum hypersecretion (hyper-seborrhea) and keratinization abnormalities resulting in obstruction of the excretory channel of the pilo-sebaceous follicle, and the formation of comeedons.
These lesions, known as “retentional,” can be complicated by inflammation, secondary to an anaerobic bacterium of the skin flora, Propionibacterium acnes, which proliferates in the sebum. This often chronic disease is considered to require induction treatment and follow-up, with possible maintenance treatment.
Does diet play a role in acne?
Diet plays a very important role in the beauty of our skin. While some people can eat very fatty and have a porcelain complexion, this is unfortunately far from a generality.
When eating “anti-acne”, it is also important to avoid high GI foods, which promote the appearance of pimples (the glycemic index is calculated by the proportion of carbohydrate absorbed by the body).
Here is the list of foods to avoid to keep a pretty skin:
- All that is industrial: biscuits, pastries …
- Steamed potatoes, fries, mashed potatoes
- Bread (white or whole)
- White sugar
- White rice
- Cooked carrots
- Corn flakes (yes!)
- The polenta
- Meat and especially deli meats should be avoided when you are prone to pimples
- Chips and all aperitif cakes
- The mayonnaise
In short, junk food in general…
But let’s be reassured, there are vitamin B6 food sources; perfect ally in case of skin problems.
Vitamin B6, also known as pyroxin, helps prevent and reduce skin disorders.
Naturally, they can be found in:
It is also advisable to drink plenty of water.
A 100% natural effective recipe?
There are some very effective essential oils to fight acne:
– Major anti-infective, antibacterial (anti-infective effect by activation of white blood cells, activation of monocyte differentiation)
– Anti-inflammatory (mainly at the skin level by reducing the proliferation of inflammation mediating cells and their mediators)
– Activity on various dermatological conditions (skin and mucous membranes), such as vulgar acne
– Anti-acne on Propionibacterium acnes
– Present at 5% in the form of a gel, the effect would be comparable to benzoyl peroxide at 5%
– Medium-intensity antibacterial
– Anti-inflammatory (inhibition of pro-inflammatory cytokines)
– Anti-infective effect by activation of white blood cells, activation of the differentiation of monocytes
– Anti-acne on Propionibacterium acnes
– Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant
– Skin regenerator
– Nourishing, very penetrating
Formula Idea: Dilute in a 10 ml bottle filled with argan vegetable oil, 0.1 ml tea tree essential oil and 0.1 ml marjoram essential oil (i.e. a 1% dilution rate for a dermo-cosmetic action).
Mix to be applied daily on clean, dry skin 1 to 2 times a day until symptoms improve.
Precaution of use:
- Contra-indicated in pregnant or lactating women and children under 12 years of age