Acne can be one of the most embarrassing experiences for someone of any age to endure. Whether you’re a pre-teenager who’s adjusting to fluctuating hormones or an adult who thought you’d get to leave acne behind in your teenage years, it’s hard for anyone to proudly face the world with bumpy, blemished skin. Thankfully, there are ways to clear up your acne, heal your skin, and move forward. Consider the following tips.
Monitor Your Diet
As scientists continue to uncover more and more about our bodies, such as the connection between gut health, digestion, and brain function, it’s clear that the stomach can easily be considered the second brain. What you eat can directly impact the rest of your body, including your skin and its health.
Therefore, it’s in your best interest to do what you can to consume mainly foods that support things like skin health such as green, leafy vegetables and sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fatty fish, walnuts, etc). Acne is a sign of inflammation in the body.
By consuming anti-inflammatory foods (fruit, lean protein, healthy fats), you’ll increase your chances of healing your acne from an internal perspective. Not to mention you’ll likely feel better as you begin to heat a healthier diet.
Invest in Acne-Eliminating Products
Water and soap aren’t enough to clean out your pores or get rid of the dirt and grime your face comes into contact with. In fact, you should never use the soap you use for your body on your face. If you’re used to cleansing your face with the same soap you use on your body, it’s time to stop.
You need a skincare regimen that’s specifically designed for your skin, whether that be to combat acne, dry skin, or simply to prevent skin problems if you think you’re at risk. Look for something like an acne-prone 4 step regimen kit, facial scrubs or washes, or cleansing pads designed to handle clearing skin in order to attack the issue from a topical perspective.
As you consistently use the products you need to address the problems, you’ll be able to properly facilitate your skin’s healing journey.
Clean Your Surfaces
Your phone and your pillow are the two main surfaces that come into constant contact with your face. Coming into contact with your face can lead up to a build-up of oils and dead skin, along with whatever else they, especially your phone, may come into contact with throughout the day.
A bed can be more than a place you sleep, and as a result, many different things can come into contact with your pillowcase. The same goes for your phone, in fact, more so since it sees daily use throughout your day in a variety of situations and environments.
For this reason, you should do your best to clean them daily if not routinely. Purchase a few pillowcases that you can change consistently. After all, you spend at least eight hours in bed every night, and the build-up can end up back on your face.
Sweat and germs pile up on your pillow easily. When you’re talking on the phone, your face is pressed up against the glass, along with whatever else you may have touched before putting the phone to your face. This is yet another breeding ground for acne to flourish as a result.
Instead, focus on using your headphones or the speakerphone option in order to communicate if you can. It’s also wise to sanitize your phone at least once a day, wiping it off to clear it of bacteria and debris.
Consume More Water
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and like all organs in your body, it requires an adequate amount of water in order to thrive. If you’re not getting enough water, this will reflect in your skin’s ability to flush out toxins from your body, which can contribute to the state of your skin.
Do your best to drink water throughout the day, staying as hydrated as you can. As you drink, you might think about adding a tiny bit of sea salt to your water bottle. This will help your body absorb more of the water for the best results, and is known as a saltwater flush.
Be sure not to do this too often though, as you don’t want to risk a sodium overload. Also, it’s recommended not to drink salted water on an empty stomach, as this can lead to nausea or vomiting.
If you’re struggling with your acne woes, know that it’s more common than you realize. A lot of people struggle with acne. There’s nothing to be ashamed about, and there are ways to work on your self-confidence so that you feel good when you enter a room.
In the meantime, implement these tips as you work to clear the acne, and don’t let anything stop your ability to shine.