How to Stop Acne Without Medicine
Acne occurs when skin pores become clogged, trapping oil and bacteria, and thereby gaining in size. Snack foods and dirty environments are often cited as causes, but these are just part of a larger individual lifestyle picture. From what you drink and eat to how you exercise and wash, you can support acne-free skin throughout the day in very simple ways, without medication.
Drink water. Consume water throughout the day, particularly after exercise and in hot or dry climates. Do not wait to feel thirsty, at which point you are already dehydrated. The body requires continuous hydration to perform its tasks of sweating and elimination, key actions which can improve skin tone. Adequate hydration also supports the immune system, which can counter acne outbreaks. Consider water filtration devices, as chlorinated tap water can irritate the skin.
Exercise for 15 to 20 minutes. Exercise increases the release of toxins through the skin (via sweat) and the movement of the digestive tract (thus aiding elimination). Bathe promptly after exercising and apply oil-free skin care products to support clear pores. When exercising outside, choose non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic sunscreen and clothing that breathes (i.e., does not trap moisture against the skin), such as cotton. You may also need to change to lighter, gentler hair care products, as skin irritations can develop with increased usage.
Eat healthier foods. Select whole-grain and whole-food choices (beans, vegetables, fruits) over fried, processed and frozen foods to maintain the health of your digestive system. Try removing cow milk products from your diet, at least temporarily, to see if your acne improves. The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (2008) has determined an association between acne and cow milk intake, due to the presence of hormones in the milk. Consider limiting animal products (including eggs) or switching to organic sources, for the same reason.
Ingest probiotics to supplement intestinal health. Long-term illness or medication use (particularly antibiotics) can impair the so-called friendly bacteria present in the intestinal lining. These flora support food decomposition and vitamin synthesis and can even prevent diarrhea (due to stomach upset), thus preventing dehydration. The Journal of Current Molecular Medicine (2008) has also noted that probiotics can support intestinal function that has been impaired due to stress. Probiotics can be found in supplements, fortified yogurt products, or whole food sources such as tempeh and Japanese miso.
Wash your face lightly with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water. Then pat it dry with a clean towel. Avoid using skin care products with dyes, fragrances and preservatives. Treat your skin gently.
Change your pillowcases often. They are a hub of bacteria and potential inflammation. Consider using detergents that are dye- and perfume free and avoiding fabric softeners altogether.
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