The delicate balance of your skin can be upset by any number of issues. Though hormones were the likely culprit of your breakouts during your teenage years, air pollution, unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise are often the cause of adult onset acne. Eliminating acne requires a significant lifestyle change led by healthy nutrition and a higher level of activity.
While implementing a major lifestyle change can be daunting, start your journey to healthy skin today with these simple skincare tips.
Everyone has experienced the upsetting appearance of an acne breakout right before an important event. For a quick acne fix, apply ice to a trouble spot to reduce redness and swelling.
Wrap an ice cube in a dish towel and hold it against the blemish for five seconds, then remove the ice for two minutes. Repeat this several more times, until the swelling has subsided.
Applying ice can improve your circulation through the affected area, which can help disintegrate the buildup in the pore. Ice can also shrink your pores by tightening the skin, thereby diminishing the risk of repeated blockages.
If you’re trying to introduce a simple acne solution into your diet, drinking green or white tea is easy and healthy. Green tea has been proven to reduce acne due of a polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. This chemical is known to slow the production of sebum, which is the oily substance that clogs pores and causes breakouts.
While both green and white tea are antioxidants, white tea can be even more effective for your skin’s health. In addition to fighting acne, white tea has been proven to protect the skin from UV rays, slow the effects of aging, and neutralize free radicals.
Drinking tea is incredibly effective, but it can also be used topically in masks, toners, and creams. Create your own tea toner by brewing two cups of your favorite tea and mixing in two drops of tea tree essential oil. Pour the mix into a spray bottle and spritz your face for a refreshing anti-acne fix.
Try Tea Tree Oil
Essential oils are known for having powerful healing effects. Among those that are effective against acne, tea tree oil is the most powerful. While chamomile, bergamot, and lavender are great as antiseptic cleansers, tea tree oil has the added benefits of powerful antifungal and anti-inflammatory elements.
Since tea tree oil is so potent, it is not recommended to apply directly onto the skin. Mix in one or two drops of oil per eight ounces of your favorite lotion or cream.
Detoxify Your Body
It’s a well documented fact that most of the food we eat is unhealthy. Whether it is full of sodium, preservatives, or fillers, much of the frozen or premade food from the grocery store is harmful to your skin and your body.
Today, many are aware of the negative effects of processed food—that’s why many choose to detox their body with organic supplements that counteract harmful pollutants. A blend of seaweed, citrus, fiber, and other beneficial ingredients work to cleanse toxins introduced to your body by unhealthy food, air pollution, and stress.
If you want long term positive effects for your skin, you’ll need to establish a consistent health regimen. In addition to eating well and drinking tea, juicing has a powerful effect on skin.
Juicing with the right ingredients helps balance sugar and hormone levels in your body, in addition to helping you stay hydrated. Since hydration is key to healthy skin, add fresh juices containing apples, kales, celery, pineapple, and lemon for a supplementary boost.
Making a lifestyle change is hard, but living with acne can be debilitating. Whether you are a teen or an adult, acne can undermine your confidence and be detrimental to your mental stability. Don’t let acne spoil your mood, take charge by implementing these easy changes today.
Andrej Sarevski is an aesthetician and freelance writer from Long Beach, CA. He works with his clients at a local spa and consults with The Hall Center regarding the best ways to ensure even skin tone and quality. When he’s not writing or consulting, he enjoys experimenting with essential oil blends.