It is sometimes tough to sift out good advice from bad when it comes to advice on dealing with acne. There are so much conflicting advice on what willand what won’t work that it is a veritable minefield. The best way to sort out the good advice from the bad is to consider whether or not the advice seems to make sense to you.
You may find that the number 1 piece of advice for dealing with acne will come as a big surprise. Forget old wive’s tales about not eating oily food and cleaning your skin several times a day – concentrate on maintaining a stable level of blood sugar. Excess sugar in the blood leads to excess levels of insulin being released and this, in turn triggers an imbalance in the hormone levels.
Making sure that your blood sugar is under control is vital in the fight against acne. Stress can also affect the hormone balance and, to add insult to injury, dampen the immune and healing response. The hormonal changes affect the way cells grow and this can cause problems in terms of acne – the cells grow too quickly and the body cannot keep up with ridding itself of the dead skin cells. These then block the pores and cause acne.
Exercise is one of your most effective weapons. If you get enough exercise, you will be healthier, be more able to cope with stress, enjoy balanced systems throughout the body and boosted energy levels. It also increases the circulation of blood and oxygen to the skin and helps the body become a lot more efficient in terms of waste disposal. All of this from just half an hour of exercise every day.
The next tip is to hit the bottle – the water bottle. Dehydration plays havoc with the body and affects all areas of it. The skin is largely considered by the body to be a non-essential organ so if you become dehydrated, the skin will be the first area to show the effects. Getting enough water helps to improve circulation, allows for the efficient removal of waste and boosts cell function.
The last tip is quite an obvious one but one that a lot of people overlook – be careful what you use on your skin. This includes the range of skin care products, acne medications, makeup and sunscreen. All of these products must be as gentle as possible, water-based and should be noncomedegenic. A moisturizer is a must as acne meds can dehydrate the skin. Protection against the sun is also vital.
If you apply these tips and a little common sense, you will soon be looking at a clear and radiant face in the mirror. Never give up!