Your skin can really tell your secrets, especially when it comes to your general health, It’s a great reflection of the lifestyle you are living and shows whether you are stressed, about to fall ill or your diet isn’t going so well. One way it shows this is by having acne breakouts, where you start to develop pimples that could really mess up your week of slaying.
But what do you really know about acne?
Pimples are caused by a range of aggravating factors on your skin. It could be due to a age related hormonal imbalance which gets your body to overproduce certain chemicals that promote excess skin oil production. It could be due to medication, such as corticosteroids, androgens or birth control pills which lead to hormonal changes, it could even be due to stress from work or general activity in life. Failure to take proper care of your skin in addition to some of these factors lead to the clogging of pores, bacterial growth on the skin and dead skin cells.
Here’s how you can reduce the chances of you getting pimples.
Picture all the bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt and dead skin cells on your skin from moving around on a daily basis in Nigeria. Cleansing your skin of all of these helps to get rid of impurities to freshen up your skin.
Tiny glands under the skin produce oil called sebum to protect the skin from external contaminants. These glands use hair follicles within the skin as a pathway, allowing the oil to reach the skins surface to form a barrier that prevents the penetration of bacteria or other harmful agents.
When impurities build up on the skin surface the hair follicles get blocked, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skins surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. The final result is acne.
When we say toning people may think of bleaching creams, but no that isn’t what we consider as toning here.
Toning refers to using a lotion or facial washing liquid which is designed to add an extra cleanse on the skin, moisturise and reduce the appearance of pores on the skin. It also removes any residue after washing and helps to restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
We recommend using Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner; it contains lots of potassium, magnesium, acetic acid and various enzymes that kill bacteria on the skin.
Using a facial mask can help to give your skin a quick temporary boost as they aid in rejuvenating the skin refining your complexion, smooth out wrinkles, stimulate circulation in and cleanse your poor deep down.
Depending on their ingredients, Facial Masks are great for various uses.
Masks can tighten and tone, hydrate, nourish, draw out impurities, help blemishes heal, calm and soothe, and rejuvenate the skin.
Regular Gentle Exfoliation
Exfoliating your skin regularly removes the dead skin cells on your skin’s surface, giving any excess bacteria less chance of having nutrients to grow and giving your skin a lively look. the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.
Exfoliating your skin the right way gets rid of the barrier of dead skin cells clogging up the skin opening the way for your moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into the skin.
Treat the spots directly
Getting right on the pimple and fighting it head on is always a great idea. Tea Tree essential oil penetrates the skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.
Anti-Bacterials and Probiotics
On your excess skin bacterial growth can be a real problem, but there is bad bacteria and good bacteria. It’s a good idea to use products that reduce bacterial growth externally and internally, you can boost up your balance of good bacteria by using probiotic supplements. This balance is important for helping reduce wrinkles, strengthen the skin barrier and keeping your skin moisturised.
You may be surprised to learn that acne-prone skin still needs to be moisturized. Using topicals that focus on drying out the skin tricks the skin into producing more oil, thereby increasing the acne.
You’ve got to remember that creams for the body may not be formulated for the skin on your face, which is slightly different. So you should look out for facial creams or better yet, facial oils which supply a rich amount of nutrients that keep your face looking healthy and clean.
Coconut oil is a great example of facial oils, in the right proportions coconut oil use on the face is great because of the lauric acid, antioxidants and medium-chain fatty acids hydrate and restore skin and hair. Be careful with how much you use.Too much can cause a break out, so wipe any excess oil with a dry cloth.
Give your skin breathing time
Use of cosmetics like make up or heavy facial creams everyday blocks your skin from receiving some fresh air, its a good idea to have your make up free day occasionally…
As we mentioned earlier, your internal health matters when it comes to your skin. Eating zinc rich foods help in boosting your bodys natural defences as well as gives your skin an extra boost.
Also, you've probably heard this a lot of times. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! About 2 Liters per day is recommended by health authorities.
Adapted from original article found on DrAxe.com
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