How to Cure Acne Naturally - 3 Tips
It’s the day before a big event, and the dreaded monster pimple pops up in the center of your forehead. Noooooooooo.
Or maybe, you’ve been dealing with acne covering your entire jawline for a year now, and one pimple on your forehead sounds like a dream.
While there is no “magic cure” for acne yet, there are definitely things you can be doing at home to help prevent and heal the inflammation on your face (and body). As somebody who struggled with cystic acne as a teenager, I tried everything - from Proactive to giving up dairy - to clear my skin. After becoming an esthetician and gaining knowledge, I finally became mostly clear at age 21. Here are my best tips that will hopefully help you, as well.
Note: I could probably write at least 3 pages on each tip, but I decided to start with this condensed guide.
Tip #1 - Pay attention to what you eat.
While the statement “pizza and chocolate cause acne” is over-hyped, there is truth to food affecting your skin. It could be the dairy and processed grain in the pizza, or the sugar and caffeine in the chocolate.
Dairy is the big one to keep an eye on. If you already have a breakout, dairy is going to inflame your skin even more. One reason behind this - the added hormones in milk products these days can throw your own hormones out of whack. If you haven’t tried it yet, give almond or coconut milk a try instead of 2%.
Sugar is another culprit. Refined sugar (such as granulated cane sugar) and unrefined sugar (fruit, honey, and maple syrup) alike can attribute to inflammation. If you have a sweet tooth, try swapping out your sour skittles for dried fruit (with no sugar added) instead.
Third, look out for refined grains. This would be any sort of grain that is processed - think cookies and white bread. If you’re going to eat grain, try and stick to whole grain options, such as brown rice and oats.
Soy is an ingredient that doesn’t get as much attention as the three above, but I believe this can be a huge trigger for certain people. Vegans especially have to watch out for this one. If you’ve tried cutting out the above three foods and have had no improvement in your skin, try cutting out soy. You’re really gonna have to read ingredient lists for this one - it’s in almost everything processed.
Tip #2 - Fuel your body.
Since we are trying to remove inflammatory items, we need to add back in things to fuel our bodies.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. As you probably know, this is the best way to cleanse and detoxify our system. Also, eat plenty of foods that contain beta carotene (aka vitamin A). When people ask me how I keep my skin clear, I tell them that I drink carrot juice and eat sweet potatoes multiple times a week. You think I’m joking.
Exercise is another great way to fuel your body. Your body is begging you to move it around every day, and you will be rewarded for doing so. I’m not saying I go to the gym 7 days a week, but I do try to get my heart rate up every day. Even if I can’t fit a sweaty workout in, I’ll make sure to take my dog on a long (3 mile) walk. The other controversial benefit of this - getting a bit of sun on your face can help diminish breakouts as well.
Tip #3 - Say no to stress.
A huge part of my skincare journey, I now realize, was related to stress. As a teenager, I felt stressed a lot. A few of my main concerns at the time:
School feels pointless and I hate getting up early for something I dread.
Will I ever marry Steven (my bf at the time) or is this relationship going to end?
I wish I didn’t have to live under the strict rules of my parents.
Remember how I said my acne cleared when I turned 21? I think that was a turning point for me - After I married Steven at age 20, I was slowly able to let go of the other built-up frustrations of my teenage years.
Is there something stressful from the past that you’re still holding onto? Or do you struggle with letting the daily happenings of life get to you? I wrote another short post on how I de-stress daily; you can read it here.
Like I stated in the beginning - there is so much more than can be said about each tip. If you have any questions, shoot me an email and I would be happy to share anything I’ve learned.
Here’s to a clear future!