How to combat male acne

17 May 2013

AcneUnfortunately, the end of adolescence does not mean the end of skin problems – acne can rear its ugly heads any time it feels like it. So here are four ways to combat any attack you might find yourself on the receiving end of – or even prevent one happening at all.HerbsMale acne is often due to a rush of hormones – so the best thing to do is take herbs that normalise and stabilise these. Choose Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus castus), Saw Palmetto (Serenoa serrulata) and Nettle root (Urtica dioica). But you’ll have to be patient, turning hormones around takes time. Give it three months.Dietary dos and don’tsBacteria – the stuff that makes up the spot’s lovely white head – loves sugar. Starve bacteria and beat pimples by avoiding sugar. Also make sure you drink plenty of water, good skin needs to be hydrated. Try for at least 1.5 litres daily.See a professionalBeauty therapists are trained to assess skin problems and facials are not just for the ladies. Think of it as a grease and oil change. Cleansing and moisturising is really important for skin health so ask the professionals what products they recommend.SupplementsA combination of vitamin A and zinc is excellent for the skin. Vitamin A has an important role in the maintenance of healthy epithelial cells, and Zinc is used by hundreds of enzymes, including those that regulate hormones and sugar metabolism.