Often, we think that treating Acne only has to do with what we put on our skin (skincare, makeup, etc.). Being able to successfully treat acne has many steps. Here are the most important:
CHANGE YOUR DIET: Many foods cause inflammation, and inflammation can be linked to acne. Other foods actually help your skin! Here’s a list of what to avoid and what to include:
Foods to avoid:
Sugar, refined white sugar and brown sugar
Refined carbohydrates (e. g. breads, rice, pasta)
Fruits that cause inflammation (e.g. bananas, mango, papaya)
Vegetables that cause inflammation (e.g. corn, peas, potatoes)
High concentrations of natural sugar (e.g. fruit juices, dried fruit)
Dairy (for some people)
Foods to include in your diet:
Water (lots and lots of water! Drink at least 8 glasses a day)
Nuts (e.g. almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans)
Green vegetables (e.g. brussel sprouts, asparagus, celery, lettuce, kale, spinach)
Fruits (e.g. apples, berries, cherries, honeydew, pomegranate)
Protein such as chicken, turkey, and fish (salmon is great due to the omega-3’s it has!)
DE-STRESS:Stress can cause acne in many ways. Skin sebum production can increase during stressful times, making your skin oilier. Stress also causes inflammation, which exacerbates acne. Here are some ways to reduce your stress levels:
Get more sleep: A lack of sleep causes many diseases and illnesses, and it also produces acne! Make sure you get between 7-9 hours of restful sleep.
Exercise: Exercise is a great way to release stress. A simple walk around your neighborhood works. While you’re walking, maybe choose to take a run for a bit!
Meditate: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress. Just 1 minute of taking time to pay attention to your breadth makes a difference. 5 minutes would be great! Incorporate a meditation practice into your every day. Remember, meditation is as simple as noticing your breadth as you inhale and exhale.
TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR SKIN
Cleanse your skin with a facial skin cleanser appropriate for your type of skin. Just because you have acne does not mean you need an oil free cleanser! You might be stripping your skin from needed oils, over drying it, and causing your skin to produce even more oil. You do not want to do this. Instead, look for a mild cleanser. There are great milk and soy based cleansers in the market.
Exfoliate your skin. How often again depends on the type of skin you have. The range could be from daily to once a week. Test different frequencies to see what works best for your skin.
Moisturize your skin. This is very important! Again, many times it is believed that acne prone skin has too much oil and should not be moisturized. This is a mistake, and it will lead to over drying your skin. When your skin is over-dried, it will produce even more oil, which leads to more acne. Use the moisturizer that is right for your skin (if you do indeed have oily skin, there are oil-free moisturizers in the market for you!).
Use a topical acne treatment where you have acne breakouts if need be.
BE CAREFUL WHAT TOUCHES YOUR SKIN. You are now eating healthy, managing your stress by getting the right amount of sleep, exercising, and meditating. You are also taking care of your skin with a nice skincare routine. Great job! Now make sure you do not become your worst enemy by bringing germs to your beautiful skin:
Make sure your cell phone doesn’t come in contact with your skin. Cell phones have a ton of germs on them. Use a hands free head set for your phone calls.
Keep your hands away from your face! Picking at your face, or touching it throughout the day brings unwanted germs to your skin.
Have you noticed that many times you breakout where your hair touches your skin? You might want to keep your hair away from your face with a bobby pin until your skin gets under control.
We wish you all the best!