Clear Skin without Hormones

photo credited to whitneysociety.com

photo credited to whitneysociety.com

In previous postings, we have discussed how doctors are very quick to prescribe birth control pills to women suffering from acne, without considering the potential for harmful side effects to the patient’s body due to the introduction of artificial hormones.  The risks of taking hormonal birth control include liver and gallbladder disease, migraines, hypertension, depression, and more.  Thankfully, clear skin can be achieved without the use of birth control pills.  Read on to learn some simple strategies for obtaining the beautiful skin you desire.

First, there are several foods which can have an impact on your skin health.  For example, Brazil nuts, which are rich in selenium, increase skin elasticity, and walnuts, which are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, lower skin inflammation and decrease breakouts.  Macadamia nuts contain oils and fatty acids with skin repairing properties.  Foods such as watermelon, which are rich in lycopene, reduce redness and damage caused by the sun.  Red grape skins contain a strong antioxidant known as resveratrol, which fights wrinkles, lines, and sagging caused by other environmental irritants.  On the other hand, dairy products should be avoided, as they contain cow hormones that stimulate your oil glands.

Next, make sure things that are touching your face on a regular basis are kept clean.  Makeup brushes used to apply loose powder should be washed every two to three weeks, and brushes which apply foundation should be washed once per week in a mixture of lukewarm water and gentle facial cleanser.  Additionally, you should wipe down the front of your cell phone with an antibacterial wipe a few times each day.  This will keep unwanted dirt and bacteria away from your pores.

Finally, it bears repeating that one of the most important things you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection every day year-round.  This can greatly reduce your risk of a broad range of skin ailments, from wrinkles to cancer.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/birth-control-for-acne-treatment?page=2

http://www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/beauty-style/skin/108/30-easy-tips-for-glowing-skin/

 

Achieve Clear Skin without Hormonal Birth Control

The birth control pill is frequently prescribed to young women to control acne.  In fact, 3 brands of birth control pills- Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Estrosep, and YAZ- have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as acne treatments.  They work by lowering the usable testosterone in your body, which in turn decreases your skin’s ability to produce pore-clogging sebum.  While taking a pill to cure acne sounds like an easy fix, you are actually introducing synthetic hormones into your body which can have negative effects as well.  These include nausea, headaches, gallstones, breast tenderness, depression, high blood pressure, and many more.

woman washing her faceIf you are seeking a natural way to achieve clear skin, below you will find some helpful tips.

  • Wash your face in the morning, evening, and after you exercise with a cleanser that contains up to 2 percent salicylic acid.
  • Resist the urge to squeeze or pop whiteheads and blackheads.  This can cause scarring and inflammation.  Worse, the pus coming in contact with your skin can actually create more acne.  If you do pop a zit, be sure to disinfect your skin with a cleanser containing 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide afterward.
  • Acne treatments containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid are considered to be the best.  However, you should understand they won’t work immediately.  Use a product for a full six weeks before deciding it is not the correct one for you.
  • Consider using a retinoid cream before you go to sleep at night.  While these formulations are commonly used for wrinkles, they can also plump up skin that is pitted from acne and help fade acne scarring.
  • Acne treatments can dry out your skin.  At least once per day, you should use an oil-free moisturizer that will hydrate the skin without clogging your pores.