When Life Give You Oranges, Use Them to Fight Acne-Secrets from My Husband’s Vault

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My husband suffered with acne, as most of us have at some point in our lives.  He has teenage acne, and now in my late 20’s, I have a sudden onset of adult acne.

I’ve been schlumping around the house all, “Woe is me! My face hurts, damn the hormones, damn them to hell!”  while my husband sits on the couch thinking for ways to get me to stop.

He suggested Vitamin C.  Ingesting Vitamin C and thoroughly washing his face helped with his own acne problems years ago.

I did a little research, and found that the best way to get your daily dose (to help your skin) of 100mg of Vitamin C per day is through natural resources.

Facingacne.com suggests if you refuse fruits and veggies, you can get your Vitamin C two other ways, “Take vitamin C with bioflavonoids or Acerola with Vitamin C USP. One capsule or tablet per day is enough.
Use skin care products that provide the form of vitamin C known as palmityl ascorbate. But be sure to buy it in tube form and to close the tube tightly to prevent the oxidation of the palmityl ascorbate by exposure to the air.”

YoDerm.com explains how Vitamin C works for acne:

How Exactly Does Vitamin C Help Your Skin?

“The science behind the effects of vitamin C for acne:

  • Breakouts: Free radicals (environmental toxins and bacteria) are one of the root sources of acne, but vitamin C can work to clear out these harmful toxins.

Free radicals break down the proteins and fatty acids that make up the skin, disturbing the normal pH of the skin and harming the sebaceous glands. This increases the production of sebum, leaving the skin open to breakout-causing bacteria. As an antioxidant, vitamin C breaks down these free radicals and reduces them to harmless compounds before they can damage the skin.

  • Inflammation and redness: One of the more noticeable effects of taking a vitamin C supplement is the clearing of redness caused by skin inflammation.

Your immune system releases inflammatory chemicals called leukotrienes to destroy acne-causing bacteria, but the bacteria have a “decoy” system that sometimes causes the chemicals to redirect towards the skin and cause redness. In large doses, vitamin C works to calm the immune system rather than stimulate it, preventing it from destroying healthy skin rather than the bacteria in your pores.

  • Acne scars: Vitamin C helps rejuvenate the skin by promoting collagen and elastin production, essential proteins needed to generate new skin.

Collagen and elastin are the main proteins that makes up your skin; when not produced in sufficient amounts, the integrity of the skin is affected. Without vitamin C the proteins weaken, causing the skin to become more susceptible to acne scars as well as preventing existing scars from healing.”

I personally haven’t tried this method for helping with the inflammation for my acne problems, but I do have a giant bag of oranges from my latest trip to Trader Joe’s… So on that note, cheers to orange smiles!

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…Creepy orange smiles…

Obviously visit your dermatologist before starting skin regimens, and research, research, RESEARCH!

Have you tried any natural acne remedies?

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