When you don’t have a clear face, you don’t have a clear mind. It’s really hard to have confidence in yourself while knowing you have “imperfections”. There’s no such thing as having no flaws, which is why it is SO ridiculous to expect someone with none! If you’re planning on striving for a clear face, make sure you’re doing it for YOURSELF and not for OTHERS. Everyone is truly beautiful in their own ways, but being happy and content with yourself is most important.
These are just some of the ways that I changed my lifestyle with some techniques that helped me get clear skin. My skin really thanked me after this!!
1. Drink LOTS AND LOTS of water
By drinking at least 8 glasses or 2 liters of water a day, your body flushes out toxins, improves your complexion, boost your immune system, and so much more! Water really is the best thing for you. When I decided to add more water into my everyday life, I noticed HUGE positive changes in my skin. My face glowed, my skin was replenished, and I simply felt better. While some people may agree that water doesn’t help at all, I disagree because I noticed healthy changes to my body firsthand!
2. Give your skin a break
For me personally, giving my skin a break once in a while from any acne products that I’m using helps my skin out A LOT. Obviously, this depends on how your skin reacts to the break from acne products. If your skin doesn’t take it too well, I wouldn’t try it again. If your skin improves (like mine), then taking breaks can be really beneficial! It’s definitely worth a try because taking breaks 100% works for me! Allowing your skin to regain its natural essential oils, allows for a greater oil balance… AND LESS ACNE! Maybe you’ll even notice that your skin doesn’t need to depend on those prescribed acne products like it once did. Give it a try!
3. Calm your stress levels
Although stress doesn’t directly cause acne, it triggers the factors that contribute to acne breakouts! The good thing is that stress CAN be treated in various ways. Ways such as journaling, going outside, and listening to music (just to name a few) can greatly improve your stress levels. I’m sure that you’ll find something that works for you and allows for a stress-free environment!
- Wanna try some great techniques that I’ve personally used? Here’s a link to a blog post on ways to calm stress: http://gandlblog.com/ways-to-calm-stress/
Perspiration (sweating) while you exercise actually leads to the unclogging of pores! Sweat carries with it the unwanted dirt within your pores and on your face. Take advantage of it by making sure you wash your face to completely rid of the acne-causing pollution. You DO NOT want your skin to reabsorb it. Not only can sweating help, but exercise is one of the leading factors of less stress! As mentioned before, stress CAN cause acne.
5. Eat healthily
Eating healthy really makes a difference all around. Eating healthy makes you feel good, gives you more energy, and overall lowers stress levels! Not to mention that eating unhealthy can deprive your skin of healthy nutrients.
Do you want your skin to glow?
- Try eating foods such as dark green and leafy vegetables (spinach), yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (carrots and sweet potatoes), whole-wheat bread, blueberries, tomatoes, and so much more!
- Avoid eating sugar, dairy, chicken, coffee, soda, fried foods, salty snacks, and high glycemic foods.
6. Less is more!
As mentioned before, DO NOT overload your face with acne products if you don’t need to. I am no professional but I find that treating my acne to the bare minimum has worked best for me… in the sense of prescribed products.
Also, be careful with how frequently you decide to use a face mask. While there are many face masks that can be used more frequently than others, make sure you’re aware of how frequently you put them on so that you don’t damage your skin. It is possible for irritation and swelling to occur. I like to limit myself to a face mask once a week with acne-prone skin.
Finally, if you like to wear makeup, I personally go by the phrase “less is more”. Less makeup and light coverage really allows for a more natural and more embracing look… while preventing clogged pores! This one depends on how you feel about wearing makeup, but in my opinion, wearing less makeup is a plus.
This beneficial technique I discovered on my own! After swimming in the ocean, I noticed A LOT of improvement in my skin. It wasn’t fully apparent to me that the ocean was the source of my clearer skin until I thought about all of the factors that went into my skin during my vacation. I still wasn’t 100% sure so I researched how the ocean can affect your skin and positive results came up!
I recommend you read this article to learn about the ways that saltwater can be beneficial for your skin: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/pool-chlorine-salt-water-skincare/
8. Be kind to your skin
JUST BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN. Your skin does a lot for you, so why not thank it in return? Do this by trying to avoid picking at any acne, because as many of you know this can cause scarring. Also, avoid using any strong soaps and detergents! Nonetheless, moisturize to prevent dry skin, and provide protection from the sun by wearing sunscreen! For me, pimples cause lots of frustration but I am able to find ways that distract myself from any acne and allow me to accept my skin for what it is!
9. Get sleep
This one simply goes back to taking care of yourself. Lack of sleep causes stress, and stress leads to unwanted pimples! Not only can a lack of sleep cause stress, but it also plays a role in immune-related skin problems, less beauty, and more! Getting enough sleep aids in an optimal immune system, which overall can keep acne under control.
Check out this link to learn more about the relationship between sleep and acne: https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/amazing-reasons-to-sleep-for-skin-health.aspx
10. Point out the good!
Above all, everyone is beautiful with or without acne. There are so many beautiful things to point out about your skin! You just have to come to terms with yourself and realize that not everyone focuses solely on what your skin looks like… they’re too busy worrying about their own skin. Not to be cheesy or anything but focus on what you have rather than what you don’t have. Tell yourself that you have beautiful skin and no one is going to take that away from you. Healthy reminders like these are what really put you in the most beneficial mindset.
Your acne won’t last forever… just give it time. It’s not worth the restless nights and days worrying about your skin and tearing it apart to try to make it better. Just go live your life and focus on what really matters… the inside rather than the outside. I’m not guaranteeing that these will all work for you because everyone is different and I believe that everyone’s acne will react in different ways.
I just wanted to share with you all the ways that I think helped me immensely. I’m telling you I noticed big changes when I incorporated these habits into my lifestyle. Just do your research and experiment with what works for you! Try one of my daily habits! Just remember you are perfect no matter what. Be thankful that you have skin keeping you healthy and living. I wish you the best of luck!