Are you & your habits the one that is helping Acne grow in your face?
The Full Story on Acne Finally Revealed
Have you heard about Glass skin? And have you also heard about pimples, pores, cysts. While the first word is everyone's dream to have, the other words are everyone's nightmare thoughts.
Acne is that one word which brings with it a sense of panic & stress. And this is usually followed by the dip in our self confidence and low morale. Even after reading through a lot of blogs, editorials, and listening to tips from influencers or having long hour discussions with our friends, we have still not concluded a specific sure shot reason & solution for acne. We still don't understand what causes acne.
Is it because of the food that we eat or the pollution that we are prone to or something else?
It was a beautiful Sunday morning when I woke up, and walked towards the mirror in my dressing room & saw 2 little uninvited guests sitting on my skin - 1 on the forehead and the other just beside my nose. And if you too believe you are not God's favourite child, you would have by now guessed whom I am talking about. Yes, they were the Pimples.
For me, it was a panic situation, so I rushed to my mother. And for every problem every mother has just one supporting reason to justify it. Lack of water and unhealthy food eating habits. According to her, if I get these two things right in my life, I will solve 90 percent of my life problems - including acne too.
Eat good food & drink plenty of water! Is this really the magic potion that my skin wants? And to find the answer I began doing a bit of research.
What I learnt from all of my research, salon experts, influencers, skin specialists is what I’ve shared below. Read on to find out more about it.
What is acne?
Acne is not not a disease, it's a chronic skin condition. And to be honest, there is no direct cent percent cure to this and the only solution is to treat it from the inside of the body.
Acne depends 90 percent on your food habit and the rest is your lifestyle & the outside environment. It's a mixture of many factors & activities that influence the entry & exit of these acne scars, cysts, spots, etc.
What gives rise to acne?
Three major reason which gives way for acne growth is :
Inflation which causes the skin to expand due to the presence of excess oil.
Hormonal changes in the body are caused due to various changes in life like puberty, motherhood, etc.
Open skin pores that lead to build up of excess oil & dirt.
What different ways can you work on your acne?
Are you cleaning your face in a way that will make your acne worse?
Firstly, not cleansing your face the right way & with the right product. This is the most basic thing and the most missed fact from our end. When we wash our face with wrong products & wrong way this leads to accumulation of dirt & dust in the face. Also remember to wash your face twice daily. It keeps the face clean and gives the face time to breathe.
Remember if you think the expensive & fancy face cleanser is the right product for your face, then you are wrong, a mild cleanser that suits your skin is just the right product and washing it in circular motion is the right way and twice a day is the right duration.
Is your current health and lifestyle affecting your acne?
Is your body fit & healthy from the inside? The statement “what you eat inside shows on the outside” has stood the test of time and holds true even now. Are you stressed, had a tiring day, or missed your sleep. All these factors affect your body mechanism and in turn shows up on your face, resulting in breakouts and making your skin look dull.
All these can be solved by just making a few changes in your daily routine like having an adequate 7-8 hours of sleep, leading a stress free life, etc.
Are you skipping moisturizers & sunscreen?
Though we all know that oily skin serves as the basis for acne, keeping your skin dry wont do any good to your skin either. Keeping your skin dry leads to production of oil which leads to breakouts. And heading outdoors without proper sun protection can damage your skin.
Remember to apply moisturizer depending on your skin type and never skip your sunscreen while you move out.
Are you eating foods that cause acne?
Our taste buds crave for pakoras, samosa, mithais and much more. Though they satisfy our taste palette but are extremely unhealthy for our skin. Oily, fried food leads to breakouts & acne.
Avoid eating oily & fried food, switch to eating more fruits. Include green leafy vegetables in your diet. All these foods have the necessary vitamins that help repair your skin & keep it healthy.
When was the last visit to a salon for an Acne treatment ?
A massage boosts the circulation of blood in your face. It removes the oil and dirt present in your face and gives it glow & shine.
Once in a while, depending on your skin condition, give your face a pampering session. Depending on your skin type, choose from the many facial options available.
What is your nature of work?
Do you work in an environment which includes being inside or includes a lot of travelling and being outside. If your work involves a lot of stress? These things show up in your face. When you travel a lot, your skin is prone to accumulation of dust & pollution leading to breakouts.
Remember to wash your face after you return home, wear a mask to protect your skin from dust.
How much time do you give to your skincare?
From washing your face twice daily, to moisturizing it, to following a skincare regime regularly. Do you follow this routine religiously? Are your products right as per your skin type & skin concern? These things maintain your skin health & the benefits of this are long term.
Always follow a skincare routine - the basic 5 steps, cleanse, exfoliate, tone, mask, moisture - follow this once a week, as this helps remove dirt & close the pores, helps get rid of dead skin keeping it clean & healthy.
Keep your hands off your face
I know this is difficult, but every time you keep touching your face you are actually depositing dirt in your face. And accumulation of dirt and dust is a major reason for pimple formation.
Make a conscious effort to keep your hands off your face.
Visit a dermatologist
If you feel your breakouts & pimples have reached an extreme level. Even if these tips and tactics are showing no improvement then the best option is to consult with a good dermatologist and follow the guidelines and treatment shared by her.
Remember to stick to guidance of one professional derma, follow the routine religiously & have patience
Did you know every 28 days you have new skin that grows. Therefore, how important it is to keep your skin clean and work on it regularly. Start with being regular & correcting your basics. This will clear your pores & keep your skin clean. And within a couple of weeks you will feel the difference in the way your skin looks & feels.
Follow these tricks & tactics and share with us what difference it made to your skin.
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