Blackheads, pimples, pus or bumps, all are typical of acne and all have one common characteristic – the “Eww” factor. It looks filthy and makes you look even more filthier. Oftentimes I wonder why does acnedisfigure my face? Why not some other part of my body?
Acne is caused when oil and dead skin cells clog up pores of your skin. It is a common skin condition found in both men and women. Popping a pimple will make it look worse. Letting it stay will do no better. So what do we do?
Since prevention is better than cure, here are 5 causes of acne that you can avoid before it ruins your day.
- Attending to Nature’s call
If your ‘Number 2’ is irregular, it might as well be the cause of acne. Irregular or slow bowel movement builds up toxins. This ultimately reflects on your face. When unwanted toxins are flushed out of the body, your skin glows beautifully. Regular bowel movements are a secret of healthy looking skin. To initiate ‘Nature’s call,’ avoid overeating fibrous food. Fiber has the tendency of slowing down bowel movements. Include veggies, oats and water in your diet.
- Scrubbing face too often
Cleansing face is meant to keep skin crystal clear. Over cleansing does it otherwise. Constant cleansing, over scrubbing and extra washing of your face disturbs its pH level. Bacteria sneaks into this disturbed condition and settles in your pores. Acne can be prevented if you start using zinc-induced products and products containing bentonite clay to detoxify skin.
- Office goers beware!
Vitamin D is an important factor in keeping your skin acne-free. The natural source of Vitamin D is UV light which can plentifully be found in Sun rays. So if you are working in a packed office, under LED lights, you are letting acne and bacteria flood in your skin. To get the required exposure, take 10-15 minutes of your time and spend it with the lonely Sun. Try to sit away from the air conditioner since it will strip H2O from your skin. Keep your hands off your face if you don’t want to transfer bacteria to your face. Drink lots and lots and lots of water.
- Stressing out
Home, office and boyfriend. So much stress to deal with! A happy mind can only lead to a happier skin. Stress can increase the level of androgen hormones, causing an imbalance and weakening your immune system. You then lose the ability to fight invading bacteria and protect your skin. Try being happy. It doesn’t cost too much. Or soak your feet in hot water with 200 grams of Epsom salts. Salt contains magnesium. Magnesium calms muscles. Thus soaking with send happy signals from the nerve endings of your feet to the brain. This will reduce stress, make you happy and give back your immune system the power to fight acne.
- Using facial peels
Using facial peels can be so addictive. Have you ever wondered how harsh can it be for your skin? Overuse of facial peels can cause acne breakouts and many other issues such as sensitive skin. Try minimizing the use of home peels or pads soaked in AHA acids. Visit a dermatologist once a month to know about the on going battle of your skin.