Unfortunately as everyone’s skin is different there are no definitive steps that help to cure acne, but there are a few rules that are essential if you are going to fight those pesky skin blemishes. Read our top do’s and don’ts and you will be well on the way to seeing improvements in your skin. But be patient it won’t happen overnight.
- Start your acne treatment regime with all natural help: clear skin – we are not saying it works for everyone but it is designed to fight the bacteria associated with the most common type of acne – acne vulgaris.
Praventin – the key ingredient in help: clear skin – is rich in Lactoferrin, known to reduce the development of bacteria responsible for many skin impurities. In addition, Lactoferrin also helps to prevent blemishes and spots forming due to its antimicrobial effect. Just one sachet a day will show results within 4-6 weeks
- Cut out the sugar – Eating foods that cause your blood sugar to rise – like bagels, candy bars and juice – may be tied to acne flare-ups. Researchers say foods that spike blood sugar can also increase hormones. The hormones can stimulate oil production, which in turn, can trigger acne.
Refined carbs/sugar = more insulin = more hormones = more sebum (oil) = more bacteria = more acne
Opt for a low-glycemic diet, eat foods that are high in antioxidants and stay away from processed foods. Green tea, fresh vegetables and fruits, lean fish, all contribute to your body’s antioxidant arsenal.
- Get active – Exercise is great for both your body and your skin. It charges your internal systems to work at peak power, and that actually helps in your battle against both stress and acne. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.
- Get plenty of sleep – Believe it or not, a good night’s sleep can do amazing things for your skin. Why? A healthy, well-rested body has the resources to build a strong immune system. This can help fight acne blemishes when they occur, and that makes combating your acne a whole lot easier.
- Avoid the sun – You might be having fun in the sun, but the same can’t be said for your skin. The sun’s rays can accelerate acne and increase inflammation.
However all that said, sunshine stimulates the creation of vitamin D in the body — an essential vitamin for healthy skin. A little bit of fresh air and sunshine every day will help reduce stress and increase oxygen to the skin but we are only talking 10 minutes! And always remember to protect your skin against harmful UV rays.
- Don’t stress – Well, it’s certainly easier said than done, but do your best to chill out. Some studies indicate that there is a strong association between acne and stress. So visit a friend, take your dog for a walk, do some yoga — whatever works best for you. Relaxation can be a form of acne treatment, and if you can master the mind, your skin may follow.
- Don’t overwork your skin – Firstly acne isn’t caused by dirt. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required. Don’t wash so much that your skin becomes over-dry and forget about exfoliating your skin, it may sound like the solution to getting your skin ultra clean but constantly using really abrasive scrubs can do more harm than good. Vigorous scrubbing can irritate the skin, aggravate inflammation and tear the tops off pimples.
- Don’t touch! – It is essential not to touch or pick at the sores on your face to avoid irritating them even more or cause scarring.