Getting rid of acne is one of the most challenging skin care problems affecting all women alike. If you are one of those who suffers from it, you have probably splurged too much on acne creams and gels to erase these unsightly breakouts on your skin. With all the wide array of cosmetic products and services to prevent acne (facial and skin scrubs, water-based cosmetics, doctor’s visits and medication prescriptions), sometimes getting rid of acne becomes an expensive ordeal and quite a hit to your wallet. The truth is, getting rid of breakouts doesn’t have to be so stressful and costly. There are several inexpensive ways (often for free) that you can employ to erase these blemishes and enjoy a clearer and brighter skin complexion. Here are few of them.
1. Drink lots of Water
Staying hydrated is very essential for maintaining healthy skin. If you drink enough water, your body flushes out toxins efficiently. If these toxins are not removed from the body, toxins build up in the skin which can block pores and cause breakouts in time. Although there is no scientific evidence that backs the idea that water alone can cure acne, drinking plenty of water is essential for locking in moisture to keep the skin healthy. So try to replenish your body by drinking plenty of clean water to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
2. Eat Healthy Foods
Not all people know that a healthy diet plays a great role in preventing skin breakouts. Foods high in sugar and salty foods are to be avoided because it can offset your sugar and hormone levels which lead to increased oil production that can spike up your chances of having acne. Eating a balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits, lean protein, whole wheat and grains, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats provide you essential nutrients and minerals to maintain a healthy looking skin such as vitamin A, zinc and omega3-fatty acids. Not only will you kick acne away but it will also give you the energy to help you feel good throughout the day.
3. Wash your face twice a day
Wash your face after you wake up in the morning and before you sleep at night. It is best when you wash it gently with clean and warm water. This will open up your pores to clean the build-up of excess oil and dead skin cells. Make sure also that you use a mild soap or a facial wash that is not too loaded with chemicals to help rinse off the skin without over-drying it. Also, avoid washing your skin too often in a day because it can also cause the skin to dry out, increasing your chances of having an outbreak.
4. Moisturize daily
If you are using commercial acne products, moisturizing becomes an essential element to keep your breakouts at bay. Cosmetic products contain ingredients that cause your skin to dry; thus, moisturizing becomes a must. Select a moisturizer that has the most natural ingredient to make sure your skin is not bombarded with too many chemicals. Make sure you hydrate your skin with water before applying the moisturizer.
5. Choose your makeup wisely
There are certain make-ups that strip your skin of its natural oil and may worsen your breakouts. If you are prone to breakouts, choose a product that says “non-comedogenic” on the label. This means that the product is specifically designed not to clog your pores. Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of breakouts. Also, allow your skin to breathe by avoiding heavy liquid foundations. Make sure that you do not sleep at night with makeup on when your skin regeneration works at its highest peak.
6. Reduce Stress Levels
High levels of stress have been known to cause acne breakouts and make existing acne even worse. Acne breaks out when you are too stressed out. So it is important that you deal with the cause of your stress and find effective ways to deal with it. Try taking a few minutes to relax and close your eyes when you are too burnout. To avoid stress, it is also important that you are getting enough time to sleep. Staying hydrated, eating right, having a healthy diet, and staying relaxed can make a huge difference in getting rid of acne without necessarily spending a penny.
Are there other skin regimens that you do to get rid of breakouts? What are these? We would love to hear from you and, please share some of your tips to help us help our readers to bid goodbye to breakouts and say hello to skin perfection. Please share your story with us!