Are Free Radicals Causing Acne?

One of the main culprits for skin damaging is free radicals. They are atoms or molecules that lack an electron, which makes them extremely unstable. They generate from many factors like smoking, stress, or poor diet. Besides their body formation, they are also caused by external factors, such as the harmful UV rays, radiation, pollution. In order to find the missing electron, they attack other body cells and penetrate into the deeper skin layers. This outbreak causes skin damage by lowering the collagen production, damaging the skin cells, and DNA. The fact that they cause skin damage is undeniable, but are they causing acne as well? 

Many studies have shown that free radicals can cause severe acne breakouts or worsen the condition of existing acne of acne-prone people. They are the ones to blame for skin inflammation, clogging pores, and the development of comedones. Free radicals attack the sebum and form destructive, acne-causing components.

So, how to help yourself and prevent free radicals from causing acne? It is simple. Follow these simple pointers on your way to flawless skin.

First, you have to eliminate some of the causing factors. Quit smoking, or if you are a non-smoker avoid cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke decreases the levels of vitamins A and C and allows free radicals to act on your body. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and UV rays because they trigger a ton of skin problems, including acne. Spend time in a pollution-free zone to recharge your batteries and refresh your body.

The main solution lies in the implementation of antioxidants in your diet, but also skin regimen. Antioxidants have the power to neutralize free radicals by donating an electron to them. That way they prevent further skin damaging and minimize the chance of acne breakouts. Eat healthy food rich in vitamins, crucial for a natural skin rejuvenation and radiance. Supplement with Selenium and Zinc, which are essential for renewal of collagen, tissue regeneration, and preventing inflammation. Vitamins A and C will improve the function of the minerals, while vitamin E will deliver a UV protection. When it comes to skincare, there are a lot of brands that offer superb products with high levels of antioxidants. Combine serums, best night creams for oily acne prone skin, and moisturizers and use them on a daily basis. They contain lycopene, the mentioned vitamins, salicylic and ferulic acid, and other ingredients that will provide the best results for your skin. With antioxidants, you vanish acne, but also slow down the process of premature aging, which is always a plus.

If you apply these rules in your daily life, you can easily fight free radicals and prevent them from causing future acne breakouts. Eliminate all triggering factors and include antioxidants in your diet, as well as morning and evening skincare routine. Find the ideal combo that will deliver amazing results. You will end up with a smooth, acne-free complexion and a type of skin that everyone will envy. Terminate the function of free radicals and enjoy the smooth, radiant-looking skin.

*This article is a guest post by Clara Smart.

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Author Bio: My name is Clara Smart and I'm inspired by the faith that women all over the world put in face creams and similar skin care products in order to maintain a beautiful and young looking skin.

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  1. waahh nice information dear :D

    Inge Lakawa

  2. There really a lot of factors that cause acne and other facial skin problems. Great tips on the face creams, I do use different creams for night and day.

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

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