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Solutions to Your Acne Woes


Solutions to Your Acne Woes

If you suffer from acne, you’re not alone; it’s the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting about 50 million people of all ages and ethnicities. Acne may occur due to hereditary factors, but more commonly it results from an overproduction of sebum on the skin and clogged pores that block oil flow out of the follicle.

Here Are Some Solutions To Your Acne Problems:

- Go dairy-free

One of the most common culprits for breakouts is dairy, while it’s a great source of calcium and protein, if you don’t tolerate it well, dairy can make acne worse. Stick with lactose-free options like soy or almond milk or choose cheeses low in casein, such as mozzarella or ricotta.

If you must have a glass of milk with dinner, try not to let it linger too long; wash your face as soon as possible afterward so that no residue sticks around all night long.

- Use face oils

Oil-based acne treatments, like tea tree oil and lavender oil, help clear clogged pores by penetrating your skin, if you’re not already using face oil, it’s time to try one out.

Put it on after washing your face, before you moisturize with a cream or lotion, to apply correctly, dab just a drop or two of your face oil onto your fingertips, then pat that little bit into different areas of your skin where you have breakouts; be careful not to rub too hard or tug at sensitive areas like near your eyes and mouth.

Let these oils soak in for about 15 minutes and then apply moisturizer so they don’t make you look shiny later on.

- Go gluten-free

While only 1 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease, recent data suggest that up to 8 percent are reducing gluten in their diets. 

The reason? More people think they're sensitive to gluten, and it may be working: A 2014 study published in Gastroenterology found that 90 percent of patients who adopted a gluten-free diet for three months reported improvements in gastrointestinal symptoms and overall quality of life, compared with just 33 percent of those who followed a low-FODMAPs diet.

- Try alternative medicine

Do you have a health concern that needs some extra care? If so, your dermatologist might be able to refer you to a qualified specialist. For example, if you suffer from severe acne scarring, your dermatologist can help refer you to a physician who has experience treating acne scars.

Some of these alternative medical practitioners include acupuncturists, cranial-sacral therapists, naturopaths, and nutritionists, with such an array of options for conditions like dry skin, rosacea, and eczema (to name just a few), experts say it's best not to rule out any particular therapy, especially when talking about something as sensitive as skincare. Dermatologists are happy to answer questions or connect people with physicians they trust, just ask!

- Do yoga

Yoga can improve your health in several ways, including reducing stress and anxiety while helping you develop a sense of balance and harmony between mind and body.

Research even suggests that yoga can make women feel better about their bodies by increasing self-esteem.

And now there’s a bonus for people with acne, a recent study found that practicing non-Asana poses like standing balancing poses (called Ardha Chandrasana) twice a week for 12 weeks significantly reduced acne symptoms, even more so than practicing just Asana poses (called Sun Salutations). 

That’s because exercising with less stress on your joints translates into decreased oil production, and reduces sebum buildup, so your pores are less likely to get clogged.

- Minimize stress

Is it possible that stress is at fault for your acne? Not only is it possible, but studies show that many people with acne have high levels of stress.

Stress may seem like a passive issue, but there are ways you can actively deal with it, such as through exercise and meditation. Regardless of what your specific cause of acne might be, controlling your level of stress is key when trying to overcome blemishes. You can also try reducing dairy intake or quitting smoking if these are contributing factors.

- Change your diet

If you’re struggling with acne, change your diet, a diet rich in foods that encourage glowing skin can help clear up acne by keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. a typical American diet is filled with processed food, simple carbohydrates, and sugar.

If you want a clearer complexion, it’s time to improve your eating habits and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables while reducing high-glycemic foods like white bread, cakes, and pastries. Don’t forget fiber either, fiber promotes healthy digestion which keeps your body in good shape overall, and more importantly, helps keep stress hormones low so they don’t inflame pimples while they form under your skin.

- Get enough sleep

When you’re sleep-deprived, cortisol (the stress hormone) levels rise, making it harder for your body to process nutrients properly. Not getting enough shut-eye can trigger breakouts and make existing acne much worse, for healthy skin, aim for a minimum of seven hours a night. 

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