A lot of ladies (and some guys) in our society today have serious battles with severe acne due to a couple of factors but majorly unhealthy lifestyles and sometimes due to the non-existence of proper skin care regimens.
According to mayoclinic.org, acne vulgaris or simply ”Acne” is a skin condition when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. In layman’s terms, it’s a skin problem where oil and dead skin clog up your pores. It commonly appears on the chest, neck, back, shoulders and majorly on the face. The severely persistent ones could really disfigure the face and it’s not very pretty. But the good news is acne can be treated, chemically or naturally. There are many drugstore soaps, creams and cleansers that claim/promise to eradicate acne within a particular period of a time. Some have proved thoroughly effective while some, otherwise. It all depends on what works for your skin type. And then there are natural remedies which can be consistently used for a while and are almost always effective even though they take a much longer time to work. When you finally gotten rid of you have pimples and blackheads, how then do we prevent them from recurring? There are certain habits we need to incorporate into our lifestyle to stop acne from becoming annoyingly persistent.
As usual, it starts from our diet. An unhealthy diet often leads to unnecessary break-outs. Add more vegetables, fruits & fibres targeted at clearer skin to your diet. Apples, Avocados, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas and Spinach are some should be consistent in your diet.
Next up, drink water. I know how difficult it is for a lot of people to drink 8 glasses of water a day but the thing is your skin needs it to stay hydrated. Water is boring and unexciting so you can add some lemon and/or lime to it AND hydrate and detoxify your system of any toxic substances that causes acne. Ditch the caffeine. Green tea should be your best friend. Regular consumption definitely chases acne away and soothes the skin. You could spice it up with honey and lemon.
Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation is the process of getting rid of dead cells that have built up on the skin. If they aren’t removed regularly, they will clog your pores thereby causing acne. You could buy a ready-made scrub from the store or make yours with White/Brown Sugar, Honey and Olive oil. This should be part and parcel of your skin care regimen and should be done weekly.
Change your sheets/pillow cases frequently. Dirty sheets harbor dirt which will clogs your pores. Change them as frequently as possible.
Wash your face with a mild cleanser twice daily. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. First thing in the morning and last thing at night after which you moisturize to prevent it from drying.
Check your make-up regularly. Don’t wait until it’s finished before you dispose them. Some make-up expire and it’s not really safe or healthy for your skin. Wash your brushes regularly to get rid of bacteria that causes acne and avoid heavy make-up.
Once in a while, bi-monthly maybe, you need to give your skin a treat. Lay your hands on different facial masks. Try a variety of recipes to unclog your pores, open them and absorb the various nutrients and benefits of the mask. You could start with something as little as honey. Honey has tons of anti-bacterial, healing and moisturizing properties that are of optimum benefit for the skin. It should be a staple. Did I also add that it’s the best natural remedy for acne? Consistent use will heal and fade acne scars.
Stress and/or sleep deprivation also leads to break-outs. You need to get at least 7 hours of sleep daily to avoid breaking out.
These habits might look daunting but trust me, it’s better to prevent acne than combat it because it could get frustrating. Start with a simple regimen that incorporates al that l I’ve listed above. You don’t have to go overboard or buy expensive products that might not even be useful OR that you’re allergic to. Open your kitchen cabinet and start from there. These little things go a long way and are often times more efficient in preventing and treating acne.
It’s also not about starting and giving up after a while. You need to be able to maintain that lifestyle. Apart from the fact that you’re aiming for an acne-free skin, you’re also working towards a clear and healthy skin overall.
Originally posted on Connect Nigeria