Acne most of the times are Hormonal in nature but at times - simple care can prevent the same.
How to Prevent Breakouts! By: Chaya Blatter
There are a variety of ways to prevent breakouts. Although, there is no guaranteed method of preventing acne, there are several ways that can help reduce the severity and frequency of breakouts. Here are a few tips, from a variety of angles that will help you prevent those unsightly pimples from wreaking havoc with your face.
Many of you don’t know that Insulin is a hormone. You might have heard that when your hormones are not balanced, that can lead to severe acne. One way of balancing your hormones and preventing breakouts is to ensure that your Insulin levels are balanced. Keeping your glucose and insulin levels balanced by eating fewer processed foods and refined sugars from foods such as cakes, candies, cookies and pre-made tv dinners will help you balance your Insulin levels and prevent breakouts. Instead, replace those simple white sugars with whole grains, and whole foods. Not only will you balance your hormones and prevent breakouts, you will more satiated when you eat, leaving you more content and satisfied instead of feeling hungry all the time. Choose whole grains, nuts and fruits when reaching for a snack. Enjoy whole grain bread, oatmeal and bran over white bread and donuts. Not only will your tummy feel full longer, you will help balance your hormones and prevent breakouts.
Keeping Your Face Clean
It sounds obvious, but many of us don’t realize our daily habits can affect our skin. Washing your face twice daily is key to preventing breakouts. Wash your face when you wake up and before going to bed to decrease surface oils, which contributes to clogging of pores. Keeping your face clean, and maintaining clean pores is key in preventing skin from breaking out. Find a cleanser that works with your skin type, use warm water to open your pores and cleanse deeply and finish by rinsing with cool water for a clean, fresh faced look for hours. Remember not to touch your face with dirty hands, so be sure to wash your hands prior to starting your facial cleansing routine.
Never Sleep with Make-Up
Going to sleep with make-up on is like clogging the drain and causing blockages. Never go to sleep with make-up on to prevent breakouts. Remove all make-up before going to bed. You can use over the counter cleansing wipes that works with your skin tone for an easy, quick way to remove all your make-up. You can also use a light astringent such as Witch-Hazel, (you can find it in the first-aid section of your local pharmacy) on oily skin or a bit of baby oil on a cotton ball for dry skin. These are both inexpensive effective ways to remove make-up before going to bed.
Change Your Bed Linens
Change your pillowcase, sheets and quilt covers on a weekly bases, so that dead skill cells or bacteria done re-infect your face. People don’t realize when your sleep you secrete a lot of sebum, skin oils, that then get embedded in your linens. If you want to prevent breakouts changing your linens can go a long way in keeping your skin clear.
Drinking enough water to stay hydrated will help you maintain clear skin and prevent breakouts. Remember to drink when you’re thirsty, and to increase your fluids when exercising or sweating during warmer months to replenish lost fluids.
Cardio and strength training will help you reduce stress, balance your hormones and prevent breakouts. Exercising at least three times a week or more will help you let off steam, improve your cardiac health and balance those all-important hormones. We talked about those earlier with respect to proper insulin levels, getting your hormones in balance will help prevent breakouts. Exercising does not have to be a chore. Choose an activity you love, tennis, running, the gym or go to your favorite club and go dancing. Working up a nice sweat doing your favorite activity, will reduce your stress levels and prevent breakouts. Just be sure and maintain a good hygiene regimen after your workout to reap the most benefits to your skin.
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