Living with acne can be embarrassing and cause low self-esteem. It seems that are there so many new products and gimmicks that claim to reduce or eliminate acne for good, but most lack scientific proof. Even though there are cases that warrant medical treatment in order to cure acne in some people, there are still lifestyle changes that can be made in order to reduce outbreaks.
In order for the body to remain in peak condition, it must be well-rested and nourished. With today’s busy lifestyle, making changes can be a daunting task. The question is what changes may decrease those unwanted breakouts.
The first change that should be made is to increase the amount of sleep the body gets every day. If you have ever gone even a few days on very little sleep, it is obvious how deprivation negatively affects your body. What you may not know is that sleep is also a great stress reducer which is also an acne trigger. When the body is under stress, it increases the production of a steroid hormone called glucocorticoid.
Glucocorticoid helps the body regulate stress and helps it return to homeostasis or a balance, but when the body produces too much over a period of time, it can cause abnormalities and blemishes in the skin. Try to increase the amount of sleep you get each night because of even small incremental increases in sleep with making a difference.
When the body is tired, it craves instant energy in the form of sugar. While sugar may taste good and provide your body with that extra boost that it needs to function when tired, it is very bad for your skin. That insulin spike that is caused by that extra dose of glucose can cause your endocrine system to increase the amount of oil that the glands produce which can clog pores and cause outbreaks.
As previously stated that stress can cause outbreaks, it makes sense that anything that will reduce and regulate stress will help to reduce outbreaks. Exercise is a great way to get in shape and feel great in addition to being an excellent stress reducer. Just make sure to stay hydrated as water is needed to flush out toxins that can also cause breakouts. Also, be sure to increase water intake in addition to exercise. Drinking your eight glasses of water each day will do wonders for your skin.
All that dirt and sweat that accumulates on the face during the day and night can clog pores and cause breakouts. Facial cleansing will help remove that layer of accumulated dirt and sweat and help prevent breakouts. It is also important to note that in addition to cleansing, the face should also be exfoliated a few times a week to remove layers of dead skin cells. Those dead skin cells can clog the pores and also cause breakouts.
There are a number of exfoliating scrubs on the market that also double as a facial cleanser that can be used two to three times per week. After exfoliating and cleansing the skin, a lite moisturizer should be used to help rehydrate the face. Increasing the amount of water intake will hydrate the body internally as a moisturizer will hydrate the skin externally. Well-hydrated skin is healthier and more radiant.
The important is to make sure you are drinking enough of water. Implementing new lifestyle changes can be difficult, but it can also do wonders for your skin. It is important to implement healthy changes to your daily routine gradually, and your body and face will thank you.
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