How You Can Banish Acne With Diet And Natural Skincare
It could be the first time you’ve ever experienced acne or perhaps you’ve battled with it since your teens but you are not alone, sooner or later most people will get an attack. Some people unfortunately suffer acne break outs right up to their late 40’s. It’s normally due to hormones but other factors can bring on dreaded spots, stress, diet, life changes and the different skin types all contribute to breakouts. The good news is combining a healthy diet with the right foods and a great natural skincare routine will help you to wave goodbye to spots and blackheads for good- and good riddance!
Unfortunately, acne can destroy confidence, it makes you feel very self-conscious and insecure about the way you look. In severe cases acne can even lead to depression and it’s quite common for acne sufferers to have low self-esteem. Your skin can be restored but don’t expect your skin to change dramatically overnight; it does take time however, fortunately not a lengthy amount. You need to have a plan of action and stick to it because it is a commitment and like anything – the rewards are worth the wait.
The first thing to do is take a good look at your diet. Scientists know that diet plays a huge role in your appearance and there’s a reason for the saying “you are what you eat”. Eat poorly and your skin, hair and nails will suffer. Eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals and you will glow from the inside out but miracles don’t happen overnight so adding a few portions of vegetables with your main meal twice a week for a few days won’t make any difference. You need to stick with it and be regimented because food affects your body from within – while the results of too many pizzas and carbonated drinks shows the signs on your skin a few days later, unfortunately eating a couple of sticks of broccoli on Tuesday won’t make any difference to your skin on Friday! Steer clear of the following processed foods, high glycaemic foods and food with refined sugar:
- White rice
- White bread
- Fizzy drinks
The reason you should avoid these foods or keep them to a minimum is because a high glycaemic diet will bring your insulin levels and blood glucose up. This is a problem in itself but unfortunately there’s more because these foods also encourage hormones to surge which produces more sebum and you know what that means – an acne break out. Instead of high glycaemic foods try low glycaemic foods which release energy slowly and also stabilise your hormones. The results are a balanced skin which looks healthier, smoother and spot free.
Here’s what you should be eating:
- Red pepper
- Green pepper
- Sweet Potato
- Brown Rice
If you do crave sugar, find it in fresh fruit and citrus fruit such as a sweet orange or strawberries. Raspberries have plenty of natural sugar plus they are high in Vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant, fighting bacteria and free radicals which attack your skin. Of course you can have sugary food every now and then and chocolate is not as bad for your skin as you might imagine, in fact dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants too.
Whenever you eat your low glycaemic diet include good old fashioned water too and drink 2 litres a day. The best way of getting rid of the toxins inside you is to flush them out rather than them ending up gathering in your pores and contributing to spotty skin. Start your day with a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon too – lemon is an amazing cleanser.
Using a low glycaemic diet and re-evaluating your skincare will help you pave the way to a beautifully glowing skin. If you’ve been suffering acne prone skin for a while then start with a clean slate and refresh your skincare. The very best skincare for your skin type is Naturology because it is almost all-natural. Sometimes skincare with hidden chemicals can also contribute to acne prone skin because chemicals are often an irritant. Any skincare which is rich in vitamins and essential oils will not encourage spots; rather fight them because the vitamin ingredients contain vital antioxidants known for encouraging a healthy, glowing complexion. Here’s what you should be doing to make your skin glow:
- Cleanse your skin with a light cleanser but make sure it isn’t too rich or it might clog your pores. Use cleanser twice a day and never be tempted to sleep in make-up!
- Tone your skin with a natural toner, harsh chemicals act as an astringent and can dry out skin, you want something gentle enough to protect skin from becoming aggravated but strong enough to help your skin to feel fresh and comfortably tighter.
- Never, ever skip moisturiser. The right moisturiser will help clear up your skin. Don’t use anything too rich or creamy. Try Naturology’s Stem Cell Active Youth Moisturiser which has Vitamin C as a key ingredient and pair it with the Vitamin C Age Defying Serum which penetrates deep into the dermis feeding the skin and nourishing it.
You can also gently dab your spots with tea tree oil or a touch of lemon juice to encourage them to dry up but be very careful not to overload because you run the risk of redness and irritation. Remember to change your pillow case and towels every day or every other day so to make sure there are no bacteria lurking.
Follow the above steps to a Naturology naturally beautiful skin. You should see the difference in less than three months if you take care to pay attention to your diet and always cleanse your skin using natural skincare.
- Mark Wallace