It may be one of the most common skin conditions in the world, but there is still no definite cure for acne. There is, however, plenty of scientific research to suggest that specific natural ingredients alongside a proper diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep, can help reduce this irritating issue.
Get your dose of green tea
The health benefits of green tea are enormous. This is because green tea is incredibly rich in antioxidants, promoting good health when it is either drank or applied to the skin. It also contains flavonoids and tannins that are known to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation which is, in fact, the two leading causes of acne.
Apply a honey and cinnamon face mask
Your skin loves antioxidants, and more of these can be found in honey and cinnamon. Make your face mask at home by mixing two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon to form a paste. Once you’ve cleansed your face with your cruelty-free skincare, apply the mask and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off completely.
Dab on some witch hazel
Like green tea, witch hazel also contains tannins to help some conditions like eczema, burns, and acne. Applying witch hazel to problem areas can aid the healing process.
Cut back on dairy
While the relationship between dairy and acne remains highly controversial, products like milk and cheese expose you to hormones that may cause acne. If your acne is flaring up, try cutting back on dairy products to see if it makes a difference.
Take fish oil supplements
Getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help your skin manage oil production. Oily skin is caused by a build-up of sebum, leading to clogged pores – the number one cause of acne. It’s recommended that adults have a minimum of 250-500mg of omega-3 daily and if you’re not a fan of supplements, this can be found in foods like salmon, sardines, walnuts and ground flaxseeds.
A low glycemic load diet
Your diet is hugely important to your skin’s health, and recent evidence has suggested that insulin and glycemic index might be associated with acne. The glycemic index of food refers to how quickly it raises your blood sugar and eating food that has high GI can increase insulin, something thought to increase sebum production. Try to avoid white bread, cakes, pastries and other processed foods and instead switch to low-GI fruits and vegetables.
Stress is a huge factor when it comes to the production of sebum and the increase of inflammation. It can also slow down the healing of wounds by up to 40%. To reduce stress, try to practice yoga, meditation, and regular breathing exercises.
Exercise can also help to reduce stress, but it also promotes healthy blood circulation, nourishing the skin’s cells and healing acne. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, adults should exercise for 30 minutes 3-5 times per week. Anything that gets your heart racing is good.