Acne Acts Up Starting In the Teenage Years

Acne, or the inflammatory skin condition that causes pimples and spots on the face, neck, shoulders, back and chest, is the most common skin condition in the United States affecting nearly 50 Million Americans each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. It is most common to appear on skin during puberty, but it can occur at any age. Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology Association reports that at least 85 percent of people in the U.S. experience it between 12 and 24 years of age. It is reported in an article published by Medical News Today that acne can be triggered by a variety of things including a person’s hormones, emotional stress, menstruation, cosmetics and some medications, among others. There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can be used to treat acne. Additionally, practicing good hygiene such as washing your face no more than two times each day and avoiding oily makeup and greasy hair products will also help to prevent acne. Furthermore, experts recommend watching your diet may also help with acne prevention and suggest eating foods with vitamins A and E may help limit break outs. For teens that have tired some- or all- of these prevention elements and are looking for a more holistic approach to skin care, regular sauna sits may be a beneficial option to incorporate into their regimen.

Infrared Heat May Help to Breakouts

Traditional saunas use heat to warm the air around you, while an infrared sauna heats your body directly. Infrared saunas are one of the few mediums that provide infrared heat in a controlled environment. Infrared heat is an invisible electromagnetic wave with a wavelength longer than that of visible light that helps improve blood flow. Saunas cause vigorous sweating and an increased heartrate, similar to the affects triggered by moderate exercise. If you cannot tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna, a more accessible way to achieve these affects would be through an infrared sauna because they produce the same results at lower temperatures. Scientists have found that human sweat contains a large amount of antimicrobial peptides. A protein that is found most commonly in sweat called dermcidin, can prevent the proliferation of propionibacterium acnes by lowering the bacteria’s ability to create the proteins and RNA it needs in order to survive. Furthermore, research has also linked the presence of acne on the skin to the decreased expression of dermcidin. This link suggests that the increased amount of sweat produced when a person sits in a sauna may help to diminish the overgrowth of Propionibacterium acnes. Experts recommend washing your face first before your sit in a sauna to help prevent from clogging pores. According to an article published in GQ magazine, experts say when you sweat, your body releases salt, which needs to be washed away after sweating to prevent additional breakouts. A shower is recommended following your sauna sit because the combination of salt, sebum and bacteria can all build up and cause blemishes. Skin cells produce oils called sebum, which is found when acne is present. After you cleanse, experts say you should rinse off in cold water, which helps to contract pores back to their resting size. Dry off and be sure to moisture as the hot temperature can dry out your skin.

How to Start Using Saunas

Although saunas have increased in popularity in recent years, the use of saunas dates back thousands of years in cultures around the world, most recently the discovery of a bath house in Scotland dating back to the Bronze Age, around 2000 B.C., as reported in an article by the Observer. Regular sauna sits have been shown to have positive effects on skin. In one study, participants’ skin was measured in order to study the effects of regular sauna sits. The results found that sauna sits contributed to changes in skin pH regulation and also reduced the amount of skin sebum production. When the pH level in skin drops it can help to reduce peeling of the outermost membrane layer of skin, also known as desquamation. If you are considering incorporating regular sauna sits into your health routine to aid in acne breakouts, be sure to speak with your doctor first and foremost before adding it to your life. When you start with the sauna, it is recommended that you do not spend any longer than 10 minutes your first time in. Experts recommend slowly increasing the time you spend in a sauna and never mix alcohol intake in with your sauna use, instead be sure to drink two to four glasses of water following your sauna sit. It is important to remember these safety tips when using a Sauna:

  • Do not spend more than 15 to 20 minutes in a sauna
  • Cool down slowly after use.
  • Stay hydrated- it is recommended you drink two to four glasses of water after each sauna sit.
  • Avoid alcohol before and after sauna sits.

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