Aloe Vera and Acne Prevention
Follow a Proper Skin-Related Personal Hygiene
Part 2: Skin-Related Personal HygieneThere are three environmental aspects to the skin condition of acne: diet, personal hygiene, and skin irritants. Part 2 of this topic examines personal hygiene, as it relates to skin care.
Your skin has a very important job: It’s the main barrier protecting you from the environmental irritants. It protects you from the bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that can make you sick. To do this, your skin produces a type of oil called sebum. The problem is that if the sebum oil builds up excessively, acne pustules can occur.
Medical research has found little correlation between the frequency of face washing and the tendency of acne pustule formation. This is a finding which may, in a simple-minded conclusion, lead one to believe that personal hygiene plays little or no part in acne prevention. However, there are other aspects of skin-related personal hygiene that contribute to this affliction.
If the soap used to wash your face is harsh or contains irritating chemicals, it may exacerbate, rather than reduce, your tendency toward acne. Similarly, if you scrub too vigorously or if you fail to thoroughly rinse your face of all soap residual, more irritations and problems will likely occur. Thus, I recommend washing your face very gently with warm water, using a mild soap that is both easy to rinse and free of harsh chemicals. In addition, any fabric item that comes in contact with your face, such as towels or pillow cases, should be considered as part of your skin-related personal hygiene. Such items must be void of any grime, dirt, mildew, bacteria, residual cleaning agents, pet hair, or other contaminants. Avoid using a dirty shirt sleeve or soiled handkerchief to wipe the sweat off your brow. For the cleaning of such fabrics, I recommend using a laundry detergent that is mild, containing no harsh chemicals or unusual additives, yet effective enough to remove grime, dirt, mildew and bacteria.
We carry a product, Aloe Liquid Soap, which is an excellent mild, easily-rinsed soap. It is pH balanced, non-irritating, and contains the skin-healing ingredient of aloe vera. As an added benefit, the convenient pump dispenser prevents the growth of bacteria that may otherwise form in a family soap-dish. Forever Aloe Multi-Purpose Detergent, is an excellent choice as a mild, yet effective, laundry detergent for people with sensitive skin.
Using the recommendations I have mentioned above, anyone suffering from the symptoms of acne can reduce the propensity of acne pustule formation by following a proper skin-related personal hygiene.
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