"Dear pimples, if you are going to live on my face, I need to see some rent" - Anonymous
Typically, acne is your body’s way of releasing toxins that it can’t release through normal processes (such as flushing by kidneys). And this can be due to several systemic reasons such as too many toxins, inflammation, stress, antibiotics, and food allergies.
Without knowing more about health history, no one can tell you what is causing acne in your case or what foods are best for you. But let us assume that are no serious underlying issues for the sake of our discussion here. Let’s talk about what you can do life style wise. There are several articles on internet that give you advise on what you can and cannot do, especially on the diet front. Here is an example of a good one. I won't rehash those tips here. Let me share some simple but quite effective hacks that you can try alongside a good food plan:
1. Glug glug glug:
Drink water throughout the day. Sip it. Don't gulp it down or force yourself to have a glass at a time unless you are thirsty. Just carry with you a bottle of water and keep having sips when you are semi thirsty. Do it throughout the day. This helps in two ways - keeps your skin and body hydrated, and helps in flushing toxins that could cause acne.
2. Keeping it warm first thing in the morning: May sound similar to point 1 above, but this one is different. Drink in sips about 1–2 glasses of lukewarm water when you get up. Take your time, relax and keep sitting when you drink the water. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. From my own experience, I have found this to be one of the better ways to flush out toxins and waste.
3. I must be dreaming!:
Sleep plenty. You may have noticed when you sleep less, your acne blossoms like its their woodstock. So give yourself 7–8 hrs of sleep. If you are particularly susceptible to stress, one of the main triggers of acne, you could also try just taking a break during the day, take 3-5 deep breaths at a time. If you are up for something fancier, by all means, try meditation.
4. A counterintuitive hack - Oils!:
You would normally hear that oils are the worst enemy and acne co-conspirators. This is true to a large extent. However, there are a couple that may do just the opposite. Try Rosehip or jojoba oil. Both are excellent moisturizers with no harmful effects like other heavier oils or synthetic moisurizers, and naturally help fight acne.
Studies have shown that probiotics can actually help you fight acne and give you a clearer skin. It kind of makes sense. At a very simplistic level, the presence or absence of gut bacteria can impact several factors that cause acne such as inflammation and stress. So how do you go about taking probiotics? There are lot of probiotic supplements out there in the market. Make sure you have strains that are supported by studies specifically for acne, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. If you are not into pill popping, consider natural alternatives like kimchi and sauerkraut.
Try some of these techniques and let us know in comments what finally worked for you :-) Or do you have a tip you would like to share?
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