Do you struggle with ongoing acne or the occasional monthly outbreak? You are not alone. Even though it can be really tempting to pop pimples, this can cause them to come back with a vengeance and often leads to scarring.
Though some people seem to be more predisposed to acne, due to hormones, for everyone else the main causes of acne are:
- Excess oil (sebum) production
- Clogged pores
- Dirt and dead skin cells
There are numerous topical treatments as well as pills that are prescribed for severe acne, however, not everyone has severe acne or opts to take medicine as a means of managing acne. So for those of you who only deal with mild acne or breakouts, or for those of you wanting to try some more natural approaches as well, here are some lifestyle changes that will help you manage and prevent your skin from breaking out.
Don’t touch! - This is a really simple yet effective way to help reduce and prevent pimple outbreaks. Any dirt, bacteria, or dead skin cells from your fingers will get smeared into the pores of the skin on your face each time you touch or rub it. So try not to touch your face for no reason. Also, avoid picking and popping pimples as this also aggravates them and can lead to more damage and even scarring.
Up your vitamin A - Vitamin A not only works to strengthen the protective layers of your skin, which works to reduce pimple occurrence, it also reduces the production of sebum, the oil secreted by the glands in your skin. Vitamin A is rich in loads of delicious vegetables including carrots, sweet potato, apricots and dark leafy greens.
Spice up your diet - Turmeric is a medicinal spice that has been used for thousands of years for its anti inflammatory properties, its bright yellow colouring and its mild earthy taste. Because it is such an excellent anti-inflammatory it really helps you fight against skin outbreaks and acne.
Curb your dairy - Excessive amounts of dairy in your diet will cause your oil glands to kick into overdrive. So if you are dealing with acne, then consider cutting down on your dairy intake. These days there are so many delicious and nutritious alternatives to most dairy products. For example, try almond milk and coconut yoghurt!
Cut down on sugar - I know this is a hard one for many people, but sugar really is the culprit of many health issues people face these days. Sugar spikes your insulin levels which revs up your hormones as well as your adrenal glands, which in turn encourages break outs.
- Keep it clean - Anything that touches your face, such as your glasses, phone, or pillow cases have the potential to harvest bacteria that will aggravate and cause pimples and acne. So keep these clean by regularly washing or wiping with antibacterial wipes. This includes the keyboard of your computer too, keyboards often grow loads of bacteria which you then touch with your fingers and transfer to your face! Eww!