Home Remedies for Acne: Eliminating the Root Cause
Breaking out is a nightmare, no matter your age. Those pesky red bumps are just impossible to outrun and always seem to have the worst timing - swooping down right before that big party, critical presentation, or big date! While some may think acne is simply a skin problem, breaking out is actually a sign of imbalance within your skin, and in your body. Before slathering on prescription topical creams (that typically help only the symptoms), try these great home remedies for acne prevention and treatment - which focus on eliminating the root cause of acne, and will provide lasting relief from dreaded breakouts - all naturally!
- There are worse creatures than bedbugs in your bed!
Washing your bed sheets, pillows and towels regularly not only prevents bed critters, but it also prevents acne breakouts. Bacteria and toxins accumulated on your face are surprisingly resilient and build up on your linens with daily usage. Washing your face removes only a portion of these toxins and wiping your face or sleeping on bacteria-ridden fabric will increase your acne breakouts. Epidermis cells, that naturally shed from your skin while sleeping, can also become trapped in bed sheets. If breakouts are a constant issue, change your pillow covers every day. If that is not an option, lay a clean hand towel over your pillow every night to eliminate bacterial transfer.
Furthermore, wash your linens at least once a week in a liquid, non-irritating soap in order to get rid of these toxins, and prevent inflammation and irritation.
Bonus tip: Most don’t realize that their detergent could be causing their breakouts. Try switching up your detergent and see if that helps removing acne scars.
- Yes, there are Acne Friendly Chemicals
A spike in breakouts could also be caused by the new bottle of shampoo or the new foundation you recently acquired. Often, these products can be a big culprit for breakouts because their harsh chemicals and fragrances can irritate and clog the skin.
Clogged pores are a sure cause of acne, so be sure your new organic skincare product is non-comedogenic. Keeping them clear and allowing the skin to breathe not only reduces the chances of acne, but also reduces the chances of irritation and inflammation.
Also consider fragrance free products when buying laundry detergent, hair products, or organic skin care products!
- Do Moisturize and Hydrate!
Many acne treatments dry out the skin, which causes sebaceous glands to produce more sebum to overcompensate for moisture, leading to increased chances of acne. So make sure you are not over-washing your face. Prevent further redness and flaking with moisturizers containing glycerin or hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. Also, moisturizing applies not only to your face. Don’t forget to drink 8 glasses of water a day in order to keep your body hydrated all day long. Not only does this flush out bad toxins in your body, but it also keeps your skin dewy and glowing from the inside out! Check out these creative ways to stay hydrated!
- Work out those breakouts!
Exercise should be a fundamental aspect of your healthy living lifestyle. By working out, you increase the blood flow throughout your body, promoting healthy, radiant skin. In regards to acne, working out helps you sweat regularly, helping eliminate dirt and toxins in your body. Subsequently, your body can also efficiently prevent pore blockage, oily skin, and acne breakouts. The more you sweat, the more you flush out out these unhealthy toxins and keep your body rejuvenated, glowing and acne-free. However, don’t forget to rinse your face with cold water after a workout to wash off icky gym bacteria and pore-clogging sweat. If washing isn’t practical, carry gentle wipes in your gym bag to clean up after a workout.
Bonus points for balancing your skin and your soul by tailoring your yoga practice by your dosha. Don't know your Dosha? Try our handy Ayurveda Dosha Quiz. Also, try these yoga tips for healthy, clear skin!
- Avoid Acne Trigger Foods
While the same foods have different effects on every person, here are a few things to avoid in order to prevent breakouts.
A high sugar diet increases sebum production, which clogs pores, and promotes inflammatory responses in the body, leading to acne. Avoid simple sugars altogether (yes, we’re looking at you - chocolate and gummy bears!). Try antioxidant dark chocolate or something naturally sweet and hydrating like watermelon or sweet potatoes.
Processed foods can also trigger acne by promoting excess insulin production and allowing acne-causing bacteria to build up. Another acne solution is to try fresh, organic produce rich in color, and healthy snacks like kale chips and whole fruit.
The hormones, additives, and sugar content also make dairy and dairy-based products a strong acne trigger. Instead of numerous slices of cheese and excessively creamy desserts, try other calcium-rich foods such as soybeans and dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens. And hey, you don’t need to cut dairy altogether if you don’t want to – probiotic-rich Greek yogurt is actually a great option to balance out acne-causing bacteria.
For many, high sugar condiments (kapha dosha types) or spices such as pepper flakes and chili (pitta dosha types) may also exacerbate breakouts. Try sprinkling some rosemary, thyme or basil into your food instead, and asking for a mild spice dish.
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