While we usually associate acne with those formative teenage years, the reality is it can rear it’s ugly (white) head at any age. Fortunately, with age comes wisdom. This is especially true when it comes to treating pimples. And the key lies in working from the inside out.
The best way to treat adult acne is to use a variety of approaches: diet, supplements, and/or topical treatments. On the diet side, try to avoid refined sugar and foods high in sugar. Sugary foods over-stimulate the sebaceous glands and can trigger excess oil production. Refined sugar can also contribute to blood sugar imbalances, which can worsen symptoms of anxiety and stress, both of which can lead to breakouts.
Next, include vitamin A in your diet. It not only helps improve the overall health of your skin, but it is especially helpful in suppressing oily skin and acne. In fact, one study found that high doses of vitamin A helped clear up even the most severe cases of acne in 90 percent of people treated with the vitamin. Since too much vitamin A can adversely affect liver function, opt for its water-soluble precursor—beta-carotene. Dosages between 15,000 and 25,000 IU daily should provide you with adequate skin protection.
If you do break out, treat the blemish with tea tree oil. After washing the infected area, place one drop of Australian tea tree oil directly on blemishes. Read the product label carefully to be sure the oil contains 50 to 60 percent terpenes (preferably terpin-4-ol) and no more than 15 percent cineole. A $5 jar will most likely last longer than your acne!