Instead of treating your acne when you have a blemish or a breakout, why not try to stop them altogether? Below are some simple things your can incorporate into your lifestyle that will help reduce or eliminate acne.
- Get more sleep. For every hour of sleep you lose per night, studies have shown that psychological stress increases by 14%. Stress increases the production of glucocorticoid, which can lead to irregularities in skin structure and function, which can make acne worse.
- Adjust your diet. Certain foods can cause a sharp rise in your blood sugar levels, which triggers a rise in insulin. Too much insulin can boost action in your oil glands and it sets off changes in your body that can lead to pore-clogging cells to grow.
- Start exercising. Exercise reduces stress, which is good because stress can cause acne or make it worse. Exercising also increases blood circulation, which gives more oxygen to your skin cells and carries waste away.
- Increase your water intake. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins and allows your skin to be hydrated from the inside out.
- Put on the sunscreen! Not only does being out in the sun increase your risk for skin cancer, but if you were to get sunburn, the inflammation it causes can make acne work and create dark spots. Make sure to always apply sunscreen, especially to your face.
- Get in those Omega-3’s. These fatty acids have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4. Leukotriene B4 is a molecule that can increase sebum and be the cause of inflammatory acne.
- Wash your face – twice per day. It’s important to wash your face thoroughly both in the morning and at night. Your face has more oil-producing glands than any other part of your body. Take that and combine it with all of the other stuff that gets on your face during the day (dirt, makeup, sweat, dust) and you are left with a pore-clogging mess. It’s important to wash away all of that dirt, grim, and oil so it doesn’t seep into your pores, causing acne and blackheads.
- Exfoliate. High producing oil glands can lead to acne breakouts, but the opposite is also true. Underperforming oil glands can do the same. Gently exfoliate your skin a couple of times per week to keep pores clear of dry skin.
- Clean your cell phone. Your cell phone is a breeding ground for many germs. You take your phone everywhere and it’s always by your face when you are talking so it’s important to keep it clean and germ free.
- Watch your hair products. Oils from styling products seep into skin around the hairline. This can trap bacteria into the pores and lead to acne, especially around the hairline. To help eliminate this problem, apply the hair products prior to washing your face so that any residue can be washed away.
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