Help your body fight acne by giving it what it needs to stay strong and healthy. Follow these simple daily rules and you may find everyone sees your good health reflected on your face!
There is no miracle diet to clear acne, but a healthy, balanced diet can help your skin fight acne. While most foods don't contribute to breakouts, recent studies show dairy (because of hormones) and some shellfish (because of iodine) may trigger acne flare ups. Also, there is some evidence that teens who eat more vegetables have fewer breakouts.
In general, choose fresh, unprocessed foods from all four groups and drink eight glasses of water a day, or more when you exercise.
To maintain clear skin, stick to a daily acne-fighting skin-care routine. Gently wash your face with a soap-free exfoliating cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells. Avoid over washing, which dries out your skin and causes it to produce even more oil.
While small amounts of sun exposure may seem to clear acne at first, the sun actually dries your skin, causing it to produce more oil and dead cells, creating the ideal environment for blemishes. Avoid excess sun exposure and wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even if it's cloudy.
A good night's sleep (7-8 hours) can do wonders for your complexion and immune system, which helps fight infection to clear acne more quickly.
Your skin benefits from an increase in blood flow and blood oxygen level achieved by exercise. If you are prone to body acne, wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing when exercising, and shower with an acne-fighting body wash soon after.
Drs. Rodan and Fields say, "We love makeup, skin-care products and pampering, and we'd never tell any of our patients to stop wearing their makeup." But women with acne need to understand that makeup migrates into pores, and that's why your makeup choices should be oil free and non-comedogenic. Your best choices are Proactiv and Sheer Finish brand makeup, which are designed to not promote acne. Selected medicated makeup products actively fight acne as you wear them.
Acne starts inside hair follicles, where your sebaceous glands produce the protective oil that keeps skin soft and supple. Hormones control these glands, and psychological stress affects hormone levels. Too much stress can yield too much oil and trigger the acne cycle. So relax—take a bath, go for a walk, do yoga or whatever you want to make you feel happy and calm.