Whether you know someone who has suffered from acne or you have dealt with it yourself, I am sure it is no surprise to any of our readers when I comment on the consistent frustration that is often caused by acne. It is a condition that is experienced by approximately 50% of women and 25% of men, often introducing itself throughout the teen and adolescent years. It is an incredibly frustrating condition that can leave scars that are both physical and emotional and that often take years after-the-fact to treat and erase. While many individuals spend an arm and a leg on a variety of acne-fighting products during their lifetime, others are at a complete loss as to what they can do to treat this skin condition effectively.
While many high-priced products are well-advertised, though ineffective for the majority of patients, some less-known tricks can be just as efficient and, in many cases, more effective.
It is no secret that exercise is good for the body. However, many individuals do not correlate that to also being good for your skin. Because your skin is the largest organ of your body, it reaps the benefits of exercise as well. Increased circulation to your skin can do wonders in preventing and treating acne.
A big acne-causing factor is one’s lifestyle. If you are often stressed, agitated, or overly tired, your body and skin can reflect that. Making sure that you give your body adequate time for relaxation is something often overlooked but incredibly essential.
03. Wash your skin regularly but not too often
Many might feel the need to wash the face several times a day if it appears to be in a bad condition (i.e., acne). However, studies show that your skin only needs cleansing once per day. Over-cleansing can result in excessive dryness that can lead to more acne and less healthy skin.
04. Don’t skip the moisturizer
Going along with the myth mentioned directly above, many choose to forgo the use of a moisturizer for fear of excessive oil on their skin. However, the truth is that an appropriate moisturizer can only benefit you. Skipping moisturizer, like over-cleansing, can lead to dry skin that later causes increased oil production which leads to more acne: no bueno.
05. Go minimalistic
It is difficult to stay confident and feel beautiful when your face is covered in acne. However, choosing to wear less makeup or opting for makeup brands that are lighter and keep acne-prone skin in mind can go a long way in your treatment.
06. Use a simple soap
Like with makeup, choosing a mild, gentle soap is actually better for your skin. Sure, there are tons of cleansing, exfoliating products that claim to work wonders for the acne-prone skin. What these products do not take into account, however, is just how different everyone’s acne is. Choosing to use a gentle, yet truly cleansing soap that eliminates dirt, debris, and excess oil is just what your skin needs.
07. Use oral antibiotics
It is not uncommon that individuals opt for over-the-counter products. However, when treating acne, a dermatologist can prescribe you an oral antibiotic that is taken over a long period that can work to combat your acne.
08. Skip the caffeine
Caffeine is often overlooked when considering the things that can have a harmful effect on our skin or cause further agitation to our acne. Replacing heavily caffeinated drinks with more water or teas can help us regulate our hormones, which can help us calm our acne.
09. Saturate your diet with antioxidants
The bacteria and foreign factors that cause acne can be countered by filling your diet with antioxidants. Consuming super foods such as whole grains, spinach, green tea, berries, and onions can work wonders in your fight against acne.
10. Nourish your skin with the proper foods
In addition to an antioxidant-rich diet, it can be extremely beneficial to fill your diet with fish and other omega-3 fatty acids as well as Vitamins E, C, A, and Beta-Carotene (think orange veggies). Each of these types of nourishment can work separately and together.
By Cassandra Rowen