5 Small Things You Can Change to Improve Your Acne January 18 2016, 0 Comments
by: Sophia Brigstock
I’m a big believer in the importance of details and I think when dealing with acne, attention to detail, or lack thereof, can be your downfall. There are many things that can eventually lead to acne and for truly clear skin, it’s important to rule out all possible causes. Here’s five easy things that you can do in your daily routine to help combat possible breakouts:
- Increase your water intake. Water is essential for our body’s health and functioning – on top of that, it helps to flush out ugly toxins that can cause acne. Pollution in the air, chemicals in tap water, bacteria in our homes and surroundings, and find their way into our bodies everyday. Part of the job of the liver and kidneys is to flush out these toxins and harmful substances from our body and water plays a key role in this. When you’re not properly hydrated, it becomes difficult for your body to expel these harmful toxins. These toxins can be secreted through the skin and also cause sebum to oxidize, which leads to acne. The recommended intake is eight cups a day, but I personally like to drink two liters per day if I can. Keep a liter bottle with you and sip on it throughout the day!
- Drink more green tea. Green tea has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for years and rightly so! Its high antioxidant content is powerful in curing and preventing many different things, including acne. Antioxidants combat sebum oxidation by fighting the free radicals and toxins that cause the oxidation. It’s also a great way to stay hydrated! Try to drink around four cups a day and make sure you drink the tea right after you make it as the antioxidant content lowers as the tea sits.
- Keep a food diary. We all have foods we don’t necessarily react well to. Personally, I find that after I eat refined carbs or dairy I bloat like crazy. Everyone is different, but digestion and gut health could possibly be one of the causes of your acne. To rule out this possible factor, keep a food diary! Pay attention to things that make you feel uncomfortable, bloat, or give you gas and on days that you break out, refer back to your food diary and rule out things that you think might be a factor. Common food intolerances are wheat, dairy, and sugars – these could be some to watch out for!
- Cut the towels – go for paper. This isn’t the most environmentally friendly tip but it might save you from a few embarrassing spots. Use paper towels to pat your face dry! Regular towels are used for other body parts (ew.), possibly by other people, and often are some of the last things to get washed (at least in my household), so these things have the potential to carry a lot of bacteria. It seems counterproductive to cleanse your face and remove all the bacteria, only to transfer more by drying your face with a towel. Instead, pat your face dry with a paper towel after cleansing and avoid the risk of a possible breakout.
- Oil cleanse with coconut oil. I usually take off my makeup at night in the shower and I find that the running water plus the cleanser takes off my makeup pretty well. However, some nights, whether it be I come home late or I’ve had a long day, I just can’t muster up the strength to shower (don’t judge). So on nights like that, to ensure I get all of my makeup off, I take half a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil and rub it onto my skin until all my makeup is dissolved. Then, I take a paper towel or a cotton ball and wipe off all the melted makeup. Finally, I take my cleanser and wash my face like I normally would and my face is fresh and clean! I find that after doing this, my face is much softer and moisturized, even after cleansing!