Part one of this series starts here.
Here are few tips that you should follow to control your acne.
This is going to be divided into two parts:
Super easy part is going to have very basic steps whereas; easy ones are going to be a little enhanced.
Let’s begin! :)
- Beauty sleep: We all know stress can be harmful for us both, physically and mentally. Getting sleep of at-least 7-8 hours is very important as your body, mind and skin needs a break from all the stress you put it through whole day.
- Cleanse Twice a Day: The face has more oil-producing glands than any other parts of the body. Top that with a day’s worth of makeup, sweat, smog, dust, and dirt, and you’re left with a pore-clogging concoction that, if not washed away regularly, will seep into and clog pores, resulting in blackheads and pimples. Even if you don’t shower twice a day, it’s important to cleanse your face in the morning and at night. ( you can use Himalaya neem face wash, also check the review and it’s pictures here: http://crystalbeautie.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/review-himalya-purifying-neem-face-wash/)
- Exfoliate: Dead skin cells mix up with dust and oil clog your pores and lead to acne. It gets really important to exfoliate to get rid of those dead skin cells. Buy a gentle one. (If you want a natural, homemade exfoliant check this simple recipe with just one ingredient)
- Drink Water: Drinking water is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out.
Your body needs to neutralize and get rid of waste materials produced during metabolism (by drinking water). When the immune system weakens, the body finds itself unable to fight toxic substances alone. This raises the levels of toxins and ultimately, the inner detoxification system gets weak, and you have more breakouts.
- De-Germ Your Cell Phone: Several studies have shown that cell phones are hotbeds for germs. Throughout the day your phone is exposed to thousands of bacteria, which spreads from your fingers (via texting) to your face (via talking) and vice versa. In addition, the heat produced by your phone can aid in the multiplication of bacteria. Yuck! To keep the germs from landing on your face, wipe the surface of your phone with a little hand sanitizer each day.
- Consume less sugar: Certain foods cause blood glucose to rise rapidly, triggering a boost in insulin and resulting in inflammation on a cellular level. Excess levels of insulin in the bloodstream trigger a hormonal cascade and endocrine response that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells, as well as overactive oil gland activity.
A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that people who consumed a low-glycemic diet, which included more whole grains, beans, and vegetables, and limited white pasta, rice, bread, and sugar, had fewer breakouts.
- Exercise: Exercise reduces stress (which has been found to contribute to the production of acne lesions), regulates your hormone levels, increases circulation that delivers more oxygen to skin cells and carries cellular wastes away, and boosts your immune system. But there’s a fine line - sweat from exercise can also lead to breakouts via skin irritation. It is very important to remove any perspiration-trapping garments like sports bras, and to shower immediately after working out.
- Wear sunscreen: The sun dries out skin, hence you feel that your skin is less-oily/pimpled. And if you don’t wear sunscreen and your skin gets burned, the inflammation aggravates acne lesions and pores, potentially leading to worsening acne.
It’s important to wear SPF each and every time you’re in the sun. Read the ingredients list on the back of your sunscreen, and if you’re acne-prone, look for the lighter, non-occlusive chemical ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, or octocylene. Physical sunblocks containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide tend to be thicker and sometimes more likely to block pores and aggravate acne-prone skin.
- Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids: It seems like there’s no end to the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids (aka “good fats”). And here’s one more for you: Omega-3s have been shown to control the production of leukotriene B4, a molecule that can increase sebum and cause inflammatory acne. To reap the benefits of the complexion-perfecting nutrient, pop a daily omega-3 supplement, or add foods like walnuts, avocados, flaxseed oil, and salmon into your diet.
- Style Strands Carefully: Pomade acne is a common condition characterized by breakouts that are caused by hair-care products including conditioner, shampoo, gel, and hairspray. This form of acne occurs when the oils from styling products seep into skin, usually around the hairline, and trap acne-causing bacteria in pores. To combat, apply the hair products before you wash your face so that any pimple-producing residue can be washed away.
- For good skin care, start developing healthy habits that will take care of your skin. It's the only skin you'll ever have, so your daily habits mean everything.
- After you cleanse your skin, follow with a toner and moisturizer Toners help remove fine traces of oil, dirt and make-up that you may have missed when cleansing. Moisturising is necessary even for people with oily skin.
- Buy a moisturizer that is best suited for your skin type (dry, normal or oily)
- Eat a balanced diet. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Avoid fried and greasy foods.
- I am no skin expert so if your condition is getting worse each day do not hesitate to go to a good dermatologist.
- Love yourself. It is said that if you believe and tell your mind often that you are beautiful your skin will start listening to your mind and work that way. So, believe! :)
Hope this helped, see you soon.
I am working on the other parts too, they will be up soon. :)