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5hAcne-prone skin that has been exposed to sunlight can become hypersensitive when using medications including tetracyclines or isotretinoin. Therefore, how to heal the acne completely even in the summer?

In the summer, people with acne-prone skin should consider carefully before sunbathing. Many acne treatments are photosensitizers: the treatments can trigger the rashes on the areas that have been exposed to ultraviolet (UV), especially shoulders, hands, forearms and face. It is even worse when we are wearing swimsuit. The rashes will appear more and spread to other parts of the body.

What if we do not use the photosensitizers for the skin when exposing to the sunlight? The only solution to deal with these rashes is to protect the skin against the sunlight regardless of the medications.

We cannot prevent youngsters or women from catching some rays. However, it is advisable to follow some acne treatments prescribed. Applying a high sun protection factor sunscreen is highly recommended.

Remember:

    • Apply the sunscreen after every 2-hour period and about 15- 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun. UVA protection factor ratio should be equal to or less than 2, and the protection should be 50. Prefer oil-free and water-based one with fragrance to avoid photosensitivity and irritation, fat or comedogenic one is not recommended. Sunscreens with mineral filters (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) able to reflect the UV rays and sunlight rather than absorbing them is preferable.

 

    • Two of the most effective sunscreens are hat and T-shirt. People suffering from the severe acne will be at a higher depigmentation risk. Therefore, sunscreen is especially important.

 

    • Avoiding the sun exposure and UV cabin between 12- 16 hours.

 

    • Moisturize the skin several times each day, with a suitable amount of oily moisturizer in and it should be non-comedogenic.

 

  • If possible, continue the acne treatment regularly because we will benefit from the guidance and monitoring.

Acne treatment possible in the summer

We can continue the acne treatment even in the summer with several precautions taken.

The fruit acids-based treatments (AHA)

The dermatologists sometimes prescribe the fruit acids which include glycolic acid from sugarcane. They are not harmful.

The benzoyl peroxide treatments

Benzoyl peroxide in soap (Panoxyl), cream and gel (Cutacnyl, Effacné, Erylik, Eclaran, Pannogel, Panoxyl) is photosensitizer. Therefore, you should apply them at night, then use the sunscreen during the day.

Warning: The sunscreen is less active in water, so people practicing some water sports should not follow this formula.

Topical antibiotics products

Topical antibiotics products, especially erythromycin (Erythrogel, Eryfluid, Stimycine) in lotion or gel, or Dalacin T topical solution and lotion (clindamycin), contain alcohol, irritants and/or the propylene glycol. Apply them at night, and remember to associate with the moisturizer.

Warning: use them in short period to avoid antimicrobial resistance.

Oral medication for acne treatments less compatible with the sunlight

The oral treatments are less compatible with the exposure of sunlight.

The treatments based on zinc

Using Zinc gluconate or Rubozinc is less risky in the summer. However, its effectiveness is limited to the small acne, with local treatment.

The isotretinoin treatments

The isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Acnetrait, Curacné,Contracné and Procuta) are prescribed for brittle skin and severe acne. The medication continues in eight months. It causes a skin thinning which is no longer as UV-VIS barrier. This makes the skin become more sensitive to the sunlight, causing a rapid sunburn different from the phototoxicity or photoallergy.

Using broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is effective in avoiding UVA and UVB.

Oral Antibiotics

We must stop using some oral antibiotics or tetracyclines antibiotics like doxycycline due to the significant phototoxicity risk. Then preferred zinc salts is preferred by the doctor.

Only a lymecycline treatment (Tetralysal) with the least phototoxic risk are able to be prosecuted if the acne is moderate or severe with effective moisturizers and photoprotection.

Hormonal Treatment

Diane 35 treatment maintains a favorable risk/benefit ratio to the acne after some antibiotics and the local treatment fail. This treatment is prescribed when there are signs of hirsutism and hyperandrogenism affecting the acne and it persists after some previous treatments. Moreover, we do not use it with oral contraceptive.

Diane 35's composition has no special indication when exposed to the sunlight.

spAccording to many reflexologists and Chinese medicine practitioners, spots and pimples on your face map out internal health problems. Understanding what causes spots and breakouts, is the key to finding the most effective solution.

The human body is a fascinating and complex wonder. Every single cell or atom the body consists of, has a specific function with a calculated purpose. When something is not functioning correctly, your body tells you exactly what is wrong, you just need to know how to understand the language.

When a virus enters your system, you feel sick. When you've been in the sun for too long, freckles appear on your nose. Therefore, why would spots and pimples be any different and just appear at random? It's your body's way of telling you something is wrong.

To treat your problem skin, you need to fix the internal problems first. Not all pimples are because of health issues, sometimes they can form due to clogged pores caused by makeup or other factors, therefore you also need a good facial cleanser to clean the skin of those impurities.

The following solutions are guidelines to treat internal problems, based on the location of spots and pimples;

Forehead:
Eat less sugary foods
Go to bed early and get enough sleep
Drink at least 2 litres of water per day
Exercise at least 20 minutes every day
Find a relaxation method like meditation, to ease your tension

Temples:
Eat less fatty foods and junk food
Include more cucumber in your diet

Between eye brows:
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Eat less butter and cheese
Stop snacking late at night
Do less strenuous exercises

Nose:
Eat less spicy foods, meat and salt
Go outside for 10 minutes and do some stretches
Include more Vitamin B in your diet

Left cheek:
Get into a daily routine
Change your mood through a positive mindset
Eat more green beans
Don't overeat
Avoid working late at night, rather wake up earlier

Right Cheek:
Avoid junk food, mango, wine and seafood
Eat less sugary foods
Be sure to get enough fresh air
Do more cardio while exercising

Around the mouth:
Include more fibre and fresh fruit in your diet
Eat less oily or spicy food

Chin and Jaw Area:
Avoid late night snacking
Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
Get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep at night
Take omega 3 supplements to help regulate your hormones

The best advice for better skin, is to focus more on your lifestyle. When you live a happy, healthy lifestyle with enough exercise to relieve the extra stress, you will find that you have better overall health and healthier looking skin!

f5Anyone can be afflicted with acne; they don't have to be a teenager! Acne plagues adults, too. In fact, about 50% of women who are in their 20's and 30's are plagued by acne. One may have even seen a dermatologist doctor and still had no success clearing it up. Thankfully there are alternative methods that have proven to be successful for many who suffer bad breakouts, and want clear and beautiful skin.

Sure, there are oral antibiotics for bad cases of acne that are prescribed by a dermatologist doctor; however, many will develop resistance to these treatments and in turn, they are less effective.

Low-Dose Options

Many dermatologist doctors will use a low-dose version of an antibiotic to treat acne.A low-dose of a drug, for example doxycycline, acts like an anti-inflammatory and can prevent acne flare up. At the same time, it won't aid in antibiotic resistance which is a bonus. Anyone that is on an antibiotic and worried that maybe they've become resistant should ask about low-dosage options.

Start Taking "The Pill"

Hormonal imbalances play a large role in acne for women. In fact, it's one of the major sources! This is especially true for those women who had no issues with acne or other skin conditions during the teenage years. There's a type of acne that shows mostly on the jawline and it is perfectly treated by taking the pill, or birth control.

Some patients gain additional benefits by decreasing the amount of testosterone in their system. One drug that was developed as a diuretic to treat high blood pressure is often prescribed for women with this type of breakout. Ask a doctor about Spironolactone if you suffer with this. It controls the action of the testosterone without altering levels within the blood.

A Change in Diet

The main cause of acne is oil, so elimination of oily foods or foods that encourage oil production is one step that many dermatologist doctors recommend. Anyone that has oily skin should know that the combination of oily skin and bacteria produces acne. More specifically, they produce inflammatory acne. The dead cells produce both white heads and black heads.

Refined carbohydrates often cause a rise in insulin, which in turn causes oil production. One way to help is reduce the consumption of things like processed foods including cereal, white bread and sugar. In addition, some find success when lowering the amount of dairy they consume. This helps with black and white heads in particular.

Chemical Peels

While it may sound a bit frightening, when used together with other treatments, a chemical peel can easily aid in quick acne recovery. Glycolic peels work when the acid within dissolves the particles that hold together undesirable bacteria and dead skin cells living in the pores. Dermatologist doctors report that this treatment works for both non-inflammatory and inflammatory types of acne. There are even at-home versions of glycolic peels that help many when used as prescribed. There are many peels on the market but it's super important to connect with a professional dermatologist doctor before trying it. Every skin type is different and will react differently to the various methods.

Skin mapping is an option for those who want to try and figure out what will work best, and a dermatologist doctor can help with this crucial analyzation. The bottom line is that there is no reason for anyone suffering with acne to lose hope. There are many alternatives to medication, and many of them are extremely successful. Explore the options with a professional and it won't be long before clear and lovely skin is being shown off.

niSkin conditions are not rare these days, especially with changing lifestyles. One such condition that has affected a number of young adults is Acne which means the development of spots. Naturally, no one likes spots. It reduces confidence levels and makes social life hell. But there's not much you can do or can you?

What Research Says: Research in the field of dermatology shows that skin diseases like Acne could very well be improved with 'specific diets'. These diets are healthy, fresh and should be consumed on a regular basis. In 2010, scientists conducted 27 tests, 21 observational while 6 clinical. These tests indicated that 50% Acne situations improved with the consumption of specific diet. A study in 2006 showed that boys in the age group of 15 to 25 with mild acne admitted dramatic change by consuming a healthy diet. Successive tests indicated the relationship of Acne & diet.

Acne & Diet

Studies based on population reveal that non-western diets correlate with the absence of acne.

It was duly noted that western diets were deficient of Omega-3s fatty acids whereas the non-western foods particularly in larger parts of Asia & Oceania had Omega-3s fatty acid.

Omega-6s fatty acids are known to encourage pro-inflammatory mediators and associated with the development of inflammatory Acne. Diets containing Omega-3s decrease inflammatory factors drastically.

Outcome shows that a diet rich in fish and seafood decreases Acne to new levels. Also, intake of carbohydrates & caloric restriction control sebum production in the body.

Foods to Eat

Green Tea

It helps fight Acne. After solid research, it was found that applying EGCG (green tea antioxidant) reduces the sebaceous glands. EGCG also reduces sebum production. Drink enough green tea and apply cooled tea bags to acne-prone areas.

Fruits & Vegetables

Our parents have always focused on eating fruits & vegetables; for a concrete 'reason'. They have multiple 'benefits'. Fresh fruits & vegetables contain beta-carotenes which reduce skin oils and are anti-inflammatory. Dark-berries, leafy vegetables also help clear toxins from body.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

It helps ease inflammation which leads to skin irritation (Acne). Foods like walnuts, flaxseed oil, almonds, seafood, fish like salmon & sardines must be encouraged.

Minerals

Zinc & Selenium rich foods contain ingredients that make life hell for acne producing bacteria. Turkey, nuts, tuna, ham, wheat germ, oysters, roasted pumpkin contain enough of these minerals.

Probiotics

They are bacteria that help reduce gut inflammation reducing acne & helping skin. Consume yogurt, dark chocolate, pickles, microalgae etc. regularly in sufficient quantity.

Vitamin A

In the 'required' amount, Vitamin A works as a wonderful acne-fighting agent. Severe acne could also clear if foods like spinach, eggs, broccoli, pumpkin and carrots are consumed.

The very basic medicine for Acne is Water. Drinking huge amounts of water helps fight Acne. This is the simplest habit you can follow.

Foods to Avoid

Consuming the above mentioned foods can surely help fight Acne but 'not consuming' some foods could speed up the process. Insulin-spiking foods should definitely be avoided.

The main foods to avoid are: Cow's milk, sugar, high-glycemic food, junk food, fast food, gluten-rich products, alcohol, Vitamin B12 (nutrient) etc.