Say goodbye to acne with these simple lifestyle tips.
1. Stop over-washing: It’s easy to fall prey to the idea that to have bad skin we must be dirty, and so washing more will help. Wrong.
Over-washing can irritate our skin, stimulating oil production to create even more problems, and drying out the more sensitive bits. It’s asking for disaster.
What we need is gentle face-wash formulas that have small, smooth grains. Also, avoid anything with apricot or almond shell fragments that can tear skin, irritating it even more.
2. Eat the things that are ingredients, not the things that have ingredients: Greasy and sugary foods do not cause acne- there is absolutely zero concrete evidence to suggest diet plays a role in spots. But, a healthy diet does mean healthy skin, and that gives our faces at least a fighting chance of being brighter by doing some good from the inside.
Skin is the body’s largest organ. Food that is good for the rest of us is good for our skin, too. We know that a diet high in fat and sugar is bad for us, and so whilst those things won’t make skin worse, they certainly won’t help, either.
Have a salad, instead.
3. Go on The Pill: This is controversial, but raising oestrogen levels lessens the effect of testosterone in women. Birth control increases the sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in the blood, and this acts as a sponge to testosterone. That means there’s less testosterone around to cause acne.
Talk to your doctor about it.
4. De-stress: Stress, emotional anxiety, worries, day-to-day problems that build up and build up- all of it contributes to hormone change, and changing hormones mean spots.
We can’t just avoid stress. It’s an inevitable part of our lives. But we can take steps to minimise the effects of it. Sleeping enough, consuming a healthy and balanced diet, and finding at least 30 minutes a day for ourselves is imperative to not going insane.
You’re worth that much, at least.
5. Take some time: Any tips or tricks we try for better skin won’t ever work overnight- and just because it works for one of us it doesn’t mean it will work for the other, either.
Anything that we experiment with is individual and unique to us. The biggest gift we can give our skin is time. After all, skin takes time to deteriorate, and so a solution will take time to work its magic, too.
Patience is key.
This post was guest authored by Laura Jane Williams, who has just released a free acne guide, ACNE: a comprehensive guide to identifying and treating spots.
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased based on your skin profile.