Acne can be worse than an ache in your knee. Or at least it seems that way when they pop up at inconvenient times. First dates? Weddings photos? You know what I’m talking about.
The whole thing is enough to stress you out, which only makes the problem worse. Stress is a trigger for acne, as are allergies and food sensitivities, yeast overgrowth, lack of exfoliating, not enough fatty acids, medications, and nutritional deficiencies.
Basically your pores get clogged, either by dead skin cells or by a gunk called sebum that your body produces too much of sometimes. And while they can be temporarily unclogged with face creams and ointments, a more permanent fix will involve some simple changes to your diet and exercise.
7 Natural Tips For Clear Skin
1. Don’t avoid oil
Mistake number one is thinking that all oil is bad. We tend to associate oily skin with pimples and so assume that oil is the enemy.
But in fact adding the right kind of oil can be just what your skin needs to convince it to stop producing so much. A good blend is an ounce of hazelnut oil with four drops of juniper oil, three drops of tea tree oil, and two drops of rosemary. Be sure to shake it up well and apply a couple drops to your face using a cotton ball two times a day.
I’ve also heard that coconut oil can be good quite good, or an oil like avocado, which has omega-3s, for drier skin.
2. Eat the good foods and avoid the bad
Generally, eating a lot of fiber is the key. Good foods include:
– green leafy vegetables
– cucumbers, celery, beets, carrots, artichokes, radishes
– apples, apricots, lemons (especially in water)
– flax seeds, sunflower seeds
– sweet potatoes, winter squashes
The biggest things to avoid include sugar, dairy, wheat and refined carbs. Some other bad foods include:
– peanuts and peanut butter
– fried foods
– oils like canola, soy and sunflower
3. Drink some tea
A good cup of tea is great for relieving stress, but is especially good for acne if made from a root like burdock, dandelion, Oregon grape, or yellow dock. These herbs can also be taken as supplements and help your body eliminate toxins and metabolize fats.
4. Get your vitamins
Just remember F-A-C-E (Friendly vitamins are A, C, and E). You can take them as supplements or just eat more vegetables, like those listed above.
5. Go Pro
Probiotics that is. You probably already know, but science is discovering new ways probiotics affect our health every day. One way is your skin and having enough friendly bacteria is key to keeping it clear.
6. Boil the kettle (but not for tea)
For a good steaming! Pour boiling water into your sink or a large bowl with a couple drops of essential oil and place your face over the steam with a towel on your head. Then drink in the cleansing goodness.
7. Good habits
Some commonsense habits are also worth trying, like changing your pillowcase often, washing your hands regularly, and being mindful of the products that you put on your body, face and hair. Another good tip is making sure not to hold your phone against your face, or making sure to keep it clean if you do.
If pimples do still pop up on your body from time to time, instead of using creams, tea tree or lavender essential oil have been found to be effective for treating breakouts.
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