Lifestyle And Acne
Lifestyle Changes You Can Make Now
When it comes to acne, there’s a particular emphasis on what we put in our bodies, as well as on our skin. However, in order to really strengthen these two elements, reap the rewards of clear, healthy skin, you need to make some lifestyle changes too. Here are four to get you started.
Drink More Water
One of the skin’s function is to remove toxins through sweat, but when there’s more toxins than the liver and kidneys can handle, the skin takes over. Excessive amounts can change the pH of the skin, allowing bacteria to grow and multiply. Make sure you’re drinking eight cups of water a day to flush out toxins in your body. Water also hydrates your body from the inside out. Our body is made up of about 70% water, so when it’s not at optimum hydration, it affects the skin (the body’s largest organ). This also affects circulation to the skin area and providing essential nutrients to our skin and other areas of our body.
Have A Nutrition Overhaul
How well is your current diet serving your skin? Often, acne sufferers have one or more food triggers that they’re unaware of. The main culprits are sugar and dairy, but you may find that you’ve also built up intolerance to other foods too.
We recommend visiting a nutritionist to have a food intolerance and food allergy test done. In the meantime, introduce more wholegrain foods such as brown rice and pasta, and cut out processed foods such as white rice and sugary snacks. Keep a food diary and write down any changes you notice over a period of at least four weeks. Do note that gluten takes a lot longer to leave the body.
Change Your Pillowcases Regularly
As we come in contact with our pillowcase everyday, they house a build up of dirt and oil for our day-to-day escapades, as well as the skin and hair touching the pillow. This transfers back to your skin causing clogged pores and acne.
For those with particularly sensitive skin, be wary of the detergent you’re using to wash your pillowcase too, as well as the harsh chemicals used to during the manufacturing process of your pillowcase. These can all have an effect too. Opt for pillowcases made from natural fabrics, which transfer less oil. Wash (and/or change) your pillowcase at least twice a week and avoid fabric softeners or products that leave a waxy residue (another pore clogging disaster).
Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day
Following on from the last point, you’ll definitely understand the importance of this. Our faces have more oil producing glands than any other part of our anatomy. Add an environment full of sweat, dust, dirt and pollution (and make up) and it’s a recipe for pore clogging that can cause acne. Cleansing your face prevents this pore-clogging-to-pillow transfer. Opt for a gentle cleanser and follow up with a toner, moisturiser and a serum of your choice….