Natural Ways to Help Acne
From adolescence through adulthood, changing hormones, diets, stress and any number of internal and external factors can lead to an acne breakout. Since we were teenagers, many of us heard legions of tiresome advice about what to do with our skin to help deal with that unfortunate problem we have, which only served to let us know that those unsightly bumps and scabs are just as obvious and repulsive as we feared. We were scolded for touching our faces, lectured about keeping hair out of our face and off of our bare backs, told all about what facial cleansers to use and which ones to avoid, taught about how to dry up oily skin and how to moisturize dry skin, and through it all-the chemicals, products and even prescriptions, most of us still had acne. Then, if we were lucky, one day our hormones or something just balanced out, and we finally got to enjoy the bliss of clear skin, a supple and healthy complexion, and around that time we also had our braces taken off, we finally allowed to purchase our own stylish clothes and life seemed pretty good!
However, sometimes things don’t always work out according to plan, and acne continues to plague our lives, leaving us feeling self-conscious and dumping out tubes of useless and mostly unused products that promised to wipe those blemishes away for good. Well, part of the problem is that the root cause of acne is rarely a topical issue. There are a host of internal issues that can lead to blemishes, and accurately identifying the cause of each case of acne is the very best way to clear it up for the long term.
First, we’ll cover the simplest and most effective solution, and it’s no coincidence that this solution is also the most powerful skincare remedy that exists: drink plenty of fresh water. Staying properly hydrated from the inside out is one of the best things that you can do for your skin, helping reduce instances of acne by balancing out hormones, blood sugar and other chemicals in your body while also aiding in flushing out toxins. Generally, most adults should drink between 8-10 glasses (8 ounces) of fresh water daily, and more if heavy perspiration occurs.
Secondly, eat a variety of fresh (preferably raw and organic) vegetables and fruits. Include ample dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and arugula along with other varieties rich in antioxidants such as broccoli, asparagus and cabbage. Wonderful fruits to eat in wide varieties include berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. The antioxidants present in these foods are known to tame the effects of free radicals and help prevent and/or heal damaged cells.
Third, implement effective stress management techniques. Stress breaks down your immune system and over-activates several other systems such as your adrenal system and releases hormones such as cortisol that raises testosterone levels resulting in acne. Therefore, finding effective ways to manage stress will likely reduce instances of acne. Some tips to aid in stress management include: daily exercise, meditation and/or yoga, making time to play with family and friends, spending time in nature and ensuring that you get ample rest (approximately 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night in a cool, dark, quiet room).