Most of us experience a case of bad acne at least once in our lives. Whether this happened when you were a pre-teen going through puberty or if you experience adult acne, there are some easy solutions. Though these may not (and probably won’t) get rid of your acne all together, they will help diminish or ensure the acne doesn’t get worse. Here are seven easy lifestyle changes to make to clear up acne.
1. Change your diet.
By changing a few things in your diet, you can see noticeable changes in your skin. Did your Mom ever tell you that eating more sweets and junk food would cause breakouts? She may have been right. Simple carbohydrates are often metabolized as sugar causing an imbalance in hormones. Try foods such as whole grains, green veggies, and lean proteins can help the prevention of breakouts. Herbal teas can also help detoxify your liver, which will lessen breakouts.
2. Clean your cell phone.
It’s not surprising that your phone is down right dirty. Yes, I said it. If you are experiencing breakouts on your jaw-line where you are likely to hold your phone, give it a nice clean. Between the bacteria and oils from your fingers (texting) and face (calling) to the germs is picks up in your bag or on your office desk, better safe than sorry. The heat generated from your phone actually makes the bacteria spread faster. Wipe the surface with hand sanitizer to clean it. Tip: this is where headphones come in handy.
3. Omega 3s
Learn to love omega-3. They have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4 which can cause inflammatory acne. Not to mention fatty acids like Omega-3 can help can act as an antioxidant and protect your body from harmful substances such as UV rays. They can also help in the hydration of the scalp so you can get luscious hair. omega-3 can be found in supplements or in foods like walnuts and avocados.
Drinking water is a great way to stay hydrated while flushing out any toxins in your system. While there doesn’t appear to be specific research on toxins resulting in breakouts, water is a natural cleanser and will help metabolize the foods you eat. Plus, water will help boost your blood flow.
5. Hands off
Speaking from personal experience, my mom used to always get mad at me for touching my face with dirty hands. At the time, I though she was just nagging me, but turns out, she was right (again) and knew what she was talking about. Your hands are always full of bacteria because of everything you touch and come into contact with daily. The worst thing you could do is spread the bacteria onto your face, which is much more sensitive than your hands. Ever breakout when you had bangs? Your hair produces oils which can be absorbed into your skin. Though usually this happens on the hair-line, try keep your hair pushed or tied back when possible.
We’ve all been told to wash our faces once or twice daily and ensure that all makeup is removed before going to bed, correct? Well, another way to combat acne is to exfoliate and get rid of the dead skin. Dry skin has small cracks where bacteria can reside, which can cause clogged pores. Use a gentle exfoliate for the face and be sure to moisturize right after.
You may be hesitant to apply sunscreen on your face, but it helps. While your skin may look well and dandy after a full day in the sun, UV rays and sunburn can actually inflame your already existing acne and make dark spots worse. Brands like Aveeno make great face sunscreens which are light in consistency and gentle to the skin.
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