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Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Improve Your Acne

Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Improve Your Acne

If you’re suffering from acne, one of the first things you’re likely to do is investigate over-the-counter treatments. However, there are other ways to combat the problem that don’t involve any creams or tablets.

By far the simplest place to start is by making a few small changes to your lifestyle. From altering the cosmetics you use to making sure you eat a well-balanced diet, these changes are not miracle cures, but can give other treatments the best possible chance of making a difference.

Whilst dealing with acne is often a process of trial and error, and involves finding out what works best for your skin, you may be surprised at how much these simple alterations to your routine can help.

Change the cosmetics you use

There’s no definitive evidence to show that wearing makeup will cause acne. However, if you are suffering from the condition, changing the cosmetics you use may be beneficial.

Harsh chemicals and oily or heavy products can irritate the skin and aggravate acne. When choosing your make-up, look for sheer, water-based products that are labelled as non- comedogenic, hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

Changing the cleanser you use could also have a positive effect on the condition. Whilst it can be tempting to use harsh chemicals and facial scrubs on breakouts, this can strip the skin, causing irritation and making acne worse. Try using a mild, gentle cleanser instead.

Keep your skin clean

The question of how clean to keep your skin can be a point of contention when it comes to acne. As a general rule, washing your face once or twice a day, and making sure you remove all makeup before you go to sleep is recommended.

However, it’s best to avoid the temptation to over-wash, as this can dry your skin out and irritate your acne.

Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet

Whilst what you eat doesn’t have a direct impact on your acne, it does have a direct impact on your health in general. Poor diet can lower your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness, fatigue and infection – all factors that can increase the likelihood of breakouts.

Making sure your diet is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in saturated fat, can help to boost your immune system, which may help you in the fight against acne.

Keep anything that regularly touches your face clean

Towels, pillow cases, make-up brushes, mobile phones and flannels are all things that regularly come into contact with your skin, and if not kept clean, can cause the transfer of bacteria. Studies have found that mobile phones in particular are a hot bed of germs – they are in fact covered in more bugs than a toilet seat!

Regularly washing bedding, towels, and make-up brushes and wiping your phone over with a little hand sanitizer, will help to keep acne-inducing bacteria away from your face.

Keep your hair and hands away from your face

Your hair and hands are covered in bacteria and oils that can be easily transferred to your skin. Tying you hair back so that it isn’t touching your face, and consciously avoiding the urge to touch or prod pimples are easy ways to reduce the spread of germs.

Whilst there’s no guarantee that making these changes will cure your acne, they will give any other treatments you’re using the best possible chance of success.

Dealing with acne can feel like an uphill struggle, but once you’ve found the right combination of lifestyle changes and medication, you should begin to see a difference. However, if you don’t see a noticeable improvement it may be worth considering prescription treatments instead. You can learn more about your options by reading Dr Fox’s acne FAQs.