Whether you have been dealing with acne your whole life or it is just something that comes up every once in a while, I think we can all agree on one thing: acne sucks!
Acne Tip #1: Check Out Your Cleanser
If you wash your face everyday and you are still getting acne, it may be time to take a look at your cleanser.
For sensitive skin
Make sure you are using a gentle cleanser that won’t irritate or dry out your already sensitive skin. Try Aveeno Ultra-Calming foaming cleanser which contains feverfew, a natural ingredient relate to chamomile, another calming agent.
Acne Tip #2: De-stress
How are stress and acne correlated? In a few ways.
According to Acne-Resource.com, stress causes the Adrenal glands to secrete two hormones, Norepinephrine and Epinephrine, both of which are known for stimulating the sebaceous glands in your skin to produce more sebum and thus clog pores…aka Acne City.
Have you ever noticed that you start to break out when you are stressing over midterms or something important? Maybe work is running you ragged or you’re just partying too much…whatever the cause, you gotta take a second to breathe and relax.
Make time for yourself
Whatever it is you’ve got going on, make time for yourself. So you studied all day for an exam, reward yourself with a hot shower and vegging out in front of the TV for an hour or so.
Working out is a great way to relieve stress in your life. Working out won’t solve your problems, but it gives your body a chance to use up all the extra energy it has generated from stress.
Not only will you be getting rid of excess energy, it will also give you something to focus. Try a new playlist on your iPod or setting a new milestone for your workout. Keeping yourself distracted is half the battle.
- I know how this sounds, but meditation is actually a great way to de-stress and take time for yourself. Try downloading a meditation track from iTunes or Amazon.com, lying down in your bed with your iPod buds in and relaxing.
- Taking the time to de-stress after a hard day can help to calm your body and your mind. Meditation is particularly good because it gives you a chance to completely clear your mind of all stressful thoughts; you may even catch a few Zz’s!
Acne Tip #3: Watch Your Diet
There are conflicting opinions about whether or not diet and acne are correlated. But there are a few things that are indisputable. Drink lots of water, eat clean and healthy and pay attention to the foods you intake and how they make you feel.
Acne like most other ailments are usually improved or made worse by your stress levels, general health and response to these factors. Keeping general overall health will improve all the little aspects of your health along the way.