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Picture perfect skin – banish spots and acne in time for Christmas

November 15, 2012 by Works with Water
Banish Acne

As the countdown to the festive season begins, distant memories of all those pictures taken at Christmas and New Year parties begin to loom.

We all want to look great – or as good as nature will allow us – in a photograph. Many of us don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera and suffering from spots and acne only makes the experience worse.

Whichever remedy you find most useful in your attempt to get rid of acne, it’s important to first understand what’s behind this problematic skin condition and how some daily habits can make acne worse.

What Causes Acne?

Acne triggers are unique to each individual, but they’re all rooted in fluctuating androgens (male sex hormones), especially testosterone, which tells the skin to produce an oil called sebum that keeps skin moist. Acne occurs when this oil mixes with dead skin cells and stimulates bacteria growth that can lead to pimples. Click to find out more about acne.

Acne is most common during adolescence, when testosterone levels are especially high, but for many people, acne is a problem which continues well into adulthood.

Common Acne ‘Triggers’

  • Wearing Straps – Shoulder pads, helmets, head bands and even bra straps, among others, are a breeding ground for bacteria that can spread to the skin and make acne worse.
  • Cosmetics and Hair Products – Women in particular may find that some cosmetics and hair products clog pores and lead to a breakout. Oil-based skin products are notorious offenders.
  • Aggressive Cleansing – Scrubbing the face too hard or too often can lead to acne.  So have a gentle touch when cleansing and exfoliating.
  • Touching Your Face – It’s estimated that the average person touches their face around 5000 times per day. While this statistic is questionable, touching our faces is a natural action…and it’s more than likely you’re spread acne-causing bacteria when doing so.  How many times a day do you think you touch your face?!
  • Hair Touching Your Face –  fringes and hair that hangs in your face can increase oily skin, with acne sometimes the result.  You wash your face daily, so ensure you wash your hair regularly too.
  • Stress – Yes, it’s thought stress can lead to or exacerbate acne.  So try to keep cool under pressure.
  • Some Medications – Corticosteroids, certain barbiturates and lithium are linked to acne. If you have concerns about your skin condition and are on prescription medication for other ailments, seek advice from your GP.

Unfortunately acne is often genetic. Many premenstrual women find that acne flares up before their period begins. Athletes and body-builders taking steroids are also at high risk of acne.
And yes, diet choice may also play a role in development of acne. Although there’s no conclusive evidence linking junk food to acne in the general population, in some people it does appear to have a negative effect on skin.

Try a natural option for clear skin

Try and opt for natural ingredients to improve and manage your skin from the inside. And look at the factors that might be aggravating your skin condition and contributing to hormone imbalances and the flare-ups that go with them, including stress, diet and lifestyle.

With the adverse health issues linked to common acne medications, antibiotics and isotretinoin, to be kind to yourself and your skin, your best option may well be to take a natural supplement such as help: clear skin.

With 39 days to go, you’ve still time to achieve camera-ready, clear and blemish-free skin this Christmas.

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