At one point, we have all fallen victims to skin’s most loathed culprit; breakouts.. Spending countless hours and bucks trying to figure out the cause while desperately making modifications to our diet and lifestyle hoping to prevent new breakouts from appearing. However, if you’ve reached to a point where you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, don’t lose hope. Maybe you’re halfway there, maybe you’re not even close! Here are some ideas that could be the answer you’re looking for, consider this as a test, or a checklist, the more you’ve scored the better you are dealing with your acne..
What You can do On the outside?
1 || Are You Clearing Out Your Blocked Pores?
By this we are assuming that you’ve sought professional help. Sometimes we suffer from acne popping up at the same predictable spots on out skin, the issue here might be clogged pores, when sebum (oil) hardens in the pore it can cause a blockage for bacteria to form causing blemishes to keep appearing over and over again. The solution for this is to get all of these blocked pores cleared out with regular professional deep pore cleansing facials.
2 || Are You Using Harsh Acne Products?
Over-drying the skin will only exacerbate acne in many cases. If you’re someone who has dehydrated skin and gets breakouts, this is a sure sign that your products are too strong for you. Remember, oily skin can be dehydrated, as dehydration is a condition not a skin type, skin cells need water to live, so creating an environment in the skin where the skin be healthy and balanced is essential.
3 || Are You Cleansing Your Face Pre Or Post Showering?
This might be one of the most common acne-causing habits we do without knowing! Shampoo and hair conditioner have some potentially pore-clogging ingredients – such as panthenol- that seep onto the hairline and down the cheeks and leave behind some residue. To prevent this from happening, wash your face after shampooing and conditioning so you’re sure the skin gets properly cleaned.
4 || Are You Using Hand Cream Right Before Bedtime?
As rich and luxurious hand creams can be, if you’re someone who sleeps on the side with their hands on their face, all those oils and emollients could potentially be clogging your pores leading to breakouts. Mmmm, never thought of that before right?
5 || Is Your Chosen Moisturizer Both Oil-Free And Lightweight?
Fact: wearing moisturizer does not cause breakouts. Acne happens when the cells that line the inner pores fail to fall off properly, clogging the pore. So whether you moisturize or not, the acne causing factor is clogged pores, even those with oily skin must use moisturizer, as your skin needs water to keep it healthy and balanced. Otherwise, skipping moisturizer can cause the skin to stimulate oil production, thus causing more breakouts!
6 || Are You Exfoliating?
It’s proven very helpful to be removing surface cell buildup on the skin regularly. Exfoliating regularly will prevent breakouts from happening while getting rid of dead cells and un-even skin tones..
7 || Are You Familiar With Salicylic Acid?
If there was one word of the day, salicylic acid would be it! skincare products with salicylic acid will up you exfoliation game. This acid has the ability to smooth the skin without causing irritation, reduce acne-causing bacteria and oil to prevent blemishes, all while penetrating the pores to help clear out impurities..
8 || Are You Washing Your Face 3 Times A day?
Doing so is so easy, all you need is to fit a third washing and cleansing session throughout your day besides morning and night routines.. Why? Because oil causes bacteria and bacteria leads to breakouts. Therefore, the less oil you have on your skin, the less likelihood you have of breakouts forming.
What You can Do From The Inside?
1 || Are you Familiar With This Supplement?
Get rid of annoying and painful cystic acne by considering DIM (Diindolymethane), a supplement derived from cauliflower, kale and broccoli is said to affect estrogen levels to improve hormonal acne. It’s basically like getting a super dose of greens every day that may clear up hormonal acne, and can even lessen PMS symptoms.
2 || Are You Aware Of The Dairy Limit In Your Diet?
In the case of cystic breakouts in the chin and jawline area, you should know that the consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt are major factors that influence endogenous hormones and mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin to ignite the acne process. Our tip is to eliminate all dairy for two weeks to determine if this is the cause of your cystic breakout activity.
3 || Are Your Guts Clean?
You are what you eat is a statement we live by! Eliminating sugar, processed foods, dairy as mentioned above and gluten from your diet is worth giving a shot. You will surely see less acne if you have a clean gut. Another great habit to maximize gut cleanliness is popping a probiotic pill and increasing your good bacteria in your intestines..
4 || Do You Drink Hot Lemon Water First Thing in the Morning?
Drinking hot lemon water first thing in the morning will help flush out and purify the body internally, potentially reducing toxins and bacteria in the small intestine where acne can be formed. It has another plus as well, maintaining the balance of pH in your system.. Out of experience, drinking lemon water feels and looks great!
5 || Are You Considering Birth Control Pills?
Contraceptive pills can have a positive effect on breakouts for many girls and women, so it’s worth considering taking it if you believe your breakouts to be hormonal. They may help due to their affect on natural hormonal balance.
6 || Last But Not Least: Are You Open For Oral Prescription Medication?
If all else fails, consider oral prescription medication. If you’ve exhausted every possible option, this may be another option to try. Possible options that your doctor might prescribe are antibiotics, (such as tetracycline, doxycycline or erythromycin), Spirolactone or isotretinoin (formerly known as Accutane). Consult your doctor for the best option for your case..
What You can Do As A Lifestyle?
1 || De-stress.
When was there any wellness list free from ‘de-stressing’?? Research always links stress to any mishaps we face in our lifestyle.. Stress not only affects acne flare-ups but in general, it worsens the overall skin condition. It induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil resulting in oiler skin.
2 || Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Get more beauty sleep. Without a doubt, sleep and proper rest can work miracles for the bodies’ healing processes, make sure to sleep a minimum of 8 hours every night..
3 || Stop Popping Your Pimples!
Like really, are you still committing this crime?