Acne particularly bad in winter

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Acne symptoms particularly bad in winter

In winter, skin diseases such as acne of many sufferers worsen, as Andrea Schlöbe from the Society for Dermopharmacy in Cologne reports. Dry heating air, the change in temperature between warm rooms and the cold outside and the lack of sun rays make it difficult for the skin. In addition to conventional medical therapies, there are numerous homeopathic treatment options that provide relief.

What is acne? Common acne is called acne vulgaris. It occurs during puberty and usually disappears before the age of 30 at the latest. It is not uncommon for the symptoms to appear longer. Men are affected more frequently than women.

Symptoms include reddening of the skin, pimples and pimples that can appear on the skin of the face, across the neck, and back. The expression can range from a few reddening to large-area inflamed pimples. Those affected often suffer not only from physical complaints but also from psychological stress due to aesthetic problems.

How does acne develop? In addition to a genetic predisposition, so-called androgens, male hormones, are primarily responsible for stimulating the sebaceous glands, which increasingly excrete skin fat. Due to the simultaneous increase in the production of horn particles, the channels of the sebaceous glands become blocked and backflow occurs. Bacteria find optimal living conditions here and can multiply rapidly and cause inflammation.

Why does acne get worse in winter? The natural balance of the skin is disturbed in winter. If the temperature drops below eight degrees, it can no longer completely build up its protective jacket. If it bursts open, bacteria can penetrate the skin unhindered and make acne worse. In addition, there are the large temperature changes from warm, heated rooms and the low temperatures outside, which are extremely unfavorable for the skin. While the skin is adequately supplied with the positive sun rays in summer, this does not apply in winter.

What helps against acne? In general, a healthy lifestyle is considered conducive to healthy skin. Smoking and stress, on the other hand, are factors that have a very negative effect on the skin and can significantly worsen acne. The impact of diet on acne has not yet been fully clarified. Acne sufferers are generally advised to avoid fatty foods and sweets such as chocolate.

Because the skin is exposed to too little sun in winter, light therapy is used in some cases. The results are often not very convincing, especially since there is a risk of phototoxic reactions, especially if additional medication is prescribed. In the conventional treatment methods with medication, the goal is to reduce the sebum production and to bring the increased cornification in the execution channel of the glands to a normal level. At the same time, bacteria are to be combated in order to counteract further inflammation. For this, ointments are often used, which are applied to the affected skin areas.

The Munich doctor for internal medicine, naturopathy and homeopathy Dr. Ulf Rieker reports in the spring issue of the specialist journal Homeopathy of the German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ) that it is possible to treat acne purely homeopathically, i.e. to do without conventional medical therapies. The only problem is that some patients suffer a lot from acne, but still have difficulty describing the symptoms clearly. This is always a challenge for finding homeopathic medicine.

Care of the acne skin Those who are affected by acne cannot avoid thorough cleaning and care of their skin. There are numerous products that have a positive effect on the complexion. These care products are labeled as comedogenic and therefore not cause pimples. The special care series against acne are antibacterial and additionally contain substances soothing for the skin. The pharmacy is a good place to get advice. Natural cosmetics are also suitable. The fewer emulsifiers etc. contained in the products, the better. In any case, oily creams and aggressive soaps should be avoided.

Home remedies for acne Home remedies for naturopathy for pimples have already helped many sufferers to alleviate symptoms. For example, silica and zinc can be applied to the skin as masks. Another home remedy is steam baths with chamomile, which have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin. If you apply the pure juice of the aloe thinly in the evening, the complexion can improve after just one week. The juice of aloe is also suitable for internal use and can support the healing process. Bach flowers are also suitable for internal and external use. Depending on the complaints, different Bach flowers can be used. Herbal teas can be used to remove toxins that would otherwise be removed via pimples and blemishes. (ag)

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