Acne

White Fillings

Acne is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands (oil secreting glands in our skin) and the hair follicles.

CAUSES:

  • Poor eating habits.
  • Poor hygiene.
  • Hormonal imbalance – during puberty.
  • Stress.
  • Drugs like corticosteroids.
  • Heredity.
  • Bacterial infection.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain in acne.
  • Itching.
  • Pus or oily discharge.
  • White heads / black head formation.
  • Scarring.

DIETARY MANAGEMENT:

AVOID:

  • Avoid fats and oils food.
  • Avoid chocolate, ice-cream, butter, cakes, white bread, sweets and fried food.
  • Limit intake of non-vegetarian food.
  • Do not break your pimples will lead to secondary infections.
  • Do not use scented soaps and chemicals on your face.
  • DO:
  • Wash your face frequently, at least 5 times a day, taking care that it does not become too dry.
  • Use non-greasy make-up or if possible do not apply cosmetics.
  • Use natural cleansers than chemical preparations:
  1. Wash face with gram flour (Chana) and little turmeric in it.
  2. Massage skin with fresh cucumber, it gives cooling effect on skin.
  3. You can massage your face with fresh fruits also.
  • You can take facial steam to reduce inflammation and infection for not more than 15 minutes and once fortnight.
  • Practice yoga – will help make your circulation better.

CONSUME:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Drink plenty of fruit juice, coconut water.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and raw vegetables.
  • Increase intake of fiber in your diet – Whole grains, bran, oat, green leafy vegetables, raw vegetables, salads, dried fruits and fresh fruits.
  • Eat whole grains rather than refined flour.
  • Possibly eat boiled or lightly cooked food, not highly seasoned food.
  • Increase intake of zinc in diet:
  • Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, beef, pork, chicken (dark meat), turkey (dark meat), milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea plants..
  • Consume diet rich in Vitamin A:
  • Liver oils of fish, egg, milk and milk products, meat, fish, kidney and liver.
  • Yellow orange colored fruits and vegetables; and Green leafy vegetables are good source of – carotene.
  • Consume food rich in Vitamin C:
  • Milk and milk products, citrus fruits, green vegetables.
  • Fruits and vegetables when fresh have maximum of vitamin C.
  • Increase intake of Vitamin E.
  • Wheat germ, whole grain, corns, cereals, pulses, nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, olives.
  • Oilseeds and vegetable oils. You can take vitamin E supplements of 400 IU twice a day.
  • Replace other oils by sunflower oil for cooking as it is the richest source of vitamin E.
  • Add little turmeric to your food; it is beneficial for your skin.

CONSULT PHYSICIAN:

  • If your acne does not respond in 2-3 months following the advice listed above see your physician.
  • Consult your physician if your acne is infected and there is pus like discharge.
  • Consult your physician immediately if you are not sure if it is acne or any other skin eruption.