Let’s be honest, everyone’s skin is different and our skin is a reflection of our internal health. Beautiful skin symbolizes proper hydration, and proper hydration allows our skin to prosper. For some of us, however, acne can prevent our skin from reaching its full potential due to occasional breakouts and chronic acne. This not only affects the individual, but it also affects the individual’s self-esteem as well. Although acne impacts over a million Americans each year, doctors are still unable to find a way to prevent breakouts from happening.
Normally, acne is caused by bacteria, clogged pores, excessive oil, and dead skin. On the other hand, acne can also be influenced by poor dieting, smoking, medication, sleep deprivation, and stress. With all these different possibilities, it’s no wonder why doctors haven’t found a successful treatment yet due to the fact that, acne can be caused by a variety of things.
This, unfortunately, causes people to turn to harsh chemicals and medications which can lead to more complications further down the road.
Before you consider giving up on your skin, here are five inexpensive ways to help minimize your chances of breaking out.
That’s right, the cheapest ways to avoid sudden breakouts is by not touching your face. According to the Huffington Post, we touch our face anywhere from 2,000-3,000 times a day without even realizing it. With that being said, something as simple as turning a doorknob, typing on a computer, or talking on our phone can cause us to come in contact with millions of germs. Which means if you are prone to acne, your skin is at risk from exposure to bacteria, dirt, and even viruses. So next time you decide to touch your face, remember to wash.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”? Well, this phrase doesn’t necessarily apply here since acne can be caused by different variations. However, in order to reduce acne breakouts, it’s important to eat food that will help enhance your clear skin, meaning stay away from junk food and eat more green.
Researchers also recommended that you drink a lot of water. Drinking water is a good way to flush out those internal toxins and most importantly, it allows your skin to stay hydrated. Although there’s no evidence that says toxins cause breakouts, research workers at Vanderbilt University discovered that the more water we drink, the more our blood flow increases. In other words, water increases blood pressure, raises alertness, and energy expenditure which gives our body the ability to fight off infections.
Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day
Throughout the course of the day, our face is exposed to makeup, dust, sweat, and lots of dirt. Which in the end, can result in clogged-pores. This can also lead to blackheads and unwanted pimples. To help prevent that from happening, it’s important to wash your face twice a day: when you wake up and before you go to bed at night. Or in some cases, whenever you feel it’s necessary to do so. For example, if you participate in active events that make your body sweat, you may need to wash your face more frequently than others to avoid clogged-pores. But as long as you cleanse your face twice a day, your skin won’t disappoint you.
At Home Remedies For Acne
The one thing a lot of companies don’t tell you about their skin care products is that, it doesn’t work for everyone. Skin, like personalities, are all distinctive. To put it differently, our skin is a unique feature that can’t always be fixed by store bought products that promise overnight changes. With this in mind, if your skin is anything like mine, sometimes you have to take a slower approach and treat your acne on a case-by-case basis.
If you’re up for the challenge, here are a few at home remedies to try:
|Treatments:||Things you will need…||Directions:|
|Apply some apple cider vinegar||● Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar|
● Fresh water
|Before applying the vinegar, you should wash your face with water and pat it dry. Then, using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish. Make sure you leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.|
|Make a cinnamon and honey mask||● 2 Tablespoons of honey|
● 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
● Paper towels
|Begin by washing your face with water and pat dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly blended and have formed a sort of paste. Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry. This is a sticky mixture, so make sure you have some paper towels at on hand.|
|When life hands you lemons, make lemon juice for your acne||● 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)|
● Q-tips or cotton balls (optional)
● Yogurt (optional)
|Rinse your face gently with water and pat dry. Dab fingers, a cotton ball, or a Q-tip in lemon juice and apply to pimple. If it stings, try mixing it first with a bit of yogurt.|
Your Skin is Your Friend
Just like the heart, stomach, and brain, your skin is an organ. In fact, your skin the biggest organ on your body that protects you from bacteria, viruses, infections. You shouldn’t take your skin for granted. Instead, try and take care of it and allow it to prosper. The point is, using harsh acne products can damage the skin beyond repair. Leaving your skin exposed and prone to infections. Natural at home remedies are a good to avoid this from happening. It’s inexpensive, and keeps your skin healthy while getting rid your acne.
Author Bio: Cody Hill
Growing up Cody loved reading, and exploring the wilderness to get out the house. Throughout his childhood, Cody always managed to get his hands on books and loved playing with animals. Now, as an adult, books are still a part of Cody’s life and he loves reading them.
Cody is also a recent graduate from Boise State University, receiving a degree in English, Writing Emphasis. Today, if you can’t find Cody online reading articles, you can catch him watching football (go Seahawks!) or chasing his dog, Bruno out in the park.
Thank you again for taking the time to read my article. I would like to know, do you have any tips for treating acne. Or do you prefer using over the counter acne products? I will be checking for comments, so feel free to express your thoughts and opinions.