Washing your face a lot, stops pimples
Washing your face daily will help get rid of dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells but washing your skin too often may cause irritation and make things worse. Warm water and a clean face cloth twice a day will do the trick but if you really want to user a cleanser go for one that is low in chemicals and gentle on your skin.
Try and resist the urge to squeeze. Popping a pimple may cause bacteria to travel deeper into the skin slowing down the healing process. Squeezing your pimples may also lead to scarring.
Only teenagers get acne
Around 25% of adult women and 3% of adult men will experience acne at some point in their lives. It is not just a teenage problem. The good thing is it is treated in exactly the same way
The sun clears up pimples
Yes UV light can be antibacterial but the longer term damage and risk of skin cancer make this a bad choice. Sunshine and fresh air is important but be smart and protect your skin.
Reduce your intake of refined sugar
It seems that high glycemic foods (the sweet, sugary, processed ones) can raise androgens, the hormones that increase sebum production (the oily stuff secreted by your skin). Excess sebum = pimples! Reduce your intake of processed sweetened foods and choose whole foods such as fresh fruit and veg for happy skin - more on our blog.
Increase your intake of zinc.
Zinc has a big role in clear skin and research shows that many acne sufferers are deficient in this super important mineral. Zinc activates over 200 different enzymes in the body and plays a big role in gene expression, cell replication and cell growth. Incorporating zinc rich foods such as eggs, pumpkin seeds and whole grains will boost your zinc levels or you may wish to speak to a practitioner about a zinc supplement.
Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory which earns them a big tick where acne is concerned. Red angry skin and pimples are a sign that your skin is inflamed. Boost your intake of Omega 3’s by eating more tuna and salmon or vegetarian sources such as tofu and flaxseed oil.
Exercise is good for acne in lots of ways. Firstly, its great for stress. Research shows that stress from exams, work and life in general can make acne worse. Exercise is one of the best ways to ease stress and help you relax. Working out gets all those feel good hormones pumping and leaves you feeling great.
Exercise is also good for calming hormones. An increase in androgen hormones is one of the key drivers of acne and exercise is one of the best ways to balance them. And lastly, exercise is great for inflammation (remember that red angry skin and pimples are a sign that your skin is inflamed) . Studies show that regular exercise is an effective way to lower inflammation.
All good reasons to get out there and move!
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