Acne can change your life. Acne, however, isn’t only topically treated. These are a few tips on how to reduce acne and hopefully change your skin for the better.
- Get sleep! Sleep is so important not only for your skin but for your allover mental and physical wellbeing. Sometimes you may not be able to get a good night’s rest however you want to make sure that these sorts of days are not occurring all the time as this will have a major impact on your overall wellbeing. Your skin secretes more sebum when you don’t get the right amount of sleep and a lack of sleep also promotes stress which isn’t beneficial to acne either. The bottom line is trying your hardest to get a good night’s rest and your body will thank you for it.
- Hydrate from within. It is so important to hydrate your body with none other than water. Drinking water can rid the body of internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Water boosts the blood flow throughout the body aiding to your skin. I usually opt for two liters a day however if you think this is too much or too little there are calculators that will calculate how much water you need based on your weight and height. The alternative to this is checking your urine; if it is too yellow then you’re not drinking enough if it is too clear you are drinking too much. You want to find a balance that works for you.
- Try to get moving. Exercise helps reduce your stress levels that may contribute to acne outbreaks. Physical activity also helps your skin by increasing blood circulation, this sends more oxygen to the skin cells and aids with ridding cell waste. Keep in mind the sweat produced from exercise can also lead to breakouts as it can irritate your skin. Thus, it’s important to make sure your skin is clean prior to and after a workout.
- A misconception many people have about acne is to dry it up by using soaps and harsh chemicals on it to rid the face of any bacteria and strip your skin from oil as that is the main cause of acne. This, however, can have a negative impact on your skin. When you dry your skin out your oil glands produce more oil to overcompensate for the dryness your skin faces thus leading to more breakouts. Instead, try opting for an oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t block pores (non- comedogenic) and hopefully your skin will produce a lot less oil than before.
These are some tips that aid with the removal of acne and overall they are beneficial to your daily lifestyle.