Do you always seem to get an acne attack just when you’re wanting to look your best? Does it seem that those nasty zits have a sixth sense about when they are most unwanted? The result for many is that they feel ugly and self-conscious.
The solution to this dilemma doesn’t have to involve expensive, chemical-laden commercial products. Here are 5 simple things you can today to defeat acne and allow your natural beauty to shine:
(1) Remove the following three acne-inducing foods from your diet:
Sugar: Sugar feeds both yeast and candida, both of which lead directly to outbreaks of acne. Replace sugar with the all natural, low calorie substitute stevia. To give you that sugar-like result when baking, use raw honey. You will also want to lower your fruit intake to reduce the amount of fructose coming into your body while you are correcting your acne problem.
Gluten: Gluten can cause inflammation of the intestinal tract. That irritation will evidence itself on your skin in the form of pimples and acne. By fixing your gut problems, your skin problems will disappear. Going gluten free with your grains will dramatically improve your gut health, with a flow over to your skin quality.
Hydrogenated Oils: When you fill your system with bad fats, you increase the amount of oil your skin’s sebaceous glands produce, creating an environment where acne will flourish. Getting those bad fats out of your diet by switching to healthy options like coconut oil will do wonders for your skin.
(2) Eat more of these types of food:
High Fiber Foods
High Protein Foods
High Fiber Foods: Fiber kills off the bad bacteria in your gut and enhances the growth of good bacteria or pro-biotics. And, as we’ve already mentioned, your skin health is largely dependent on your gut health. Get more fiber with chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds and vegetables.
High Protein Foods: Getting high quality protein in your diet will balance out your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar levels are fluctuating, bad bacteria will grow in the gut, leading to acne. Protein in your diet will help balance out blood sugar. Eat plenty of chicken, turkey, beef, fish, or, if you are vegetarian, sprouted brown rice and beans, tempeh, and tofu.
Healthy Fats: The single best type of fat for defeating acne is coconut oil. Use it exclusively in your home, and you will receive a whole host of health benefits, including the elimination of acne and pimple problems. Coconut oil has anti microbial properties that allow it to kill off bad bacteria while it’s fighting acne.
You can get the powerful effects of all three of these acne fighters in one meal by combining coconut milk, two tablespoons of flax seeds, and a protein powder into a smoothie.
(3) Smart Supplementation:
Take a quality pro-biotic supplement. Pro-biotics kill off the bad bacteria in your gut while boosting the immune system. You should also take zinc, which repairs the lining of the gut while also boosting the immune system. Anti-oxidants should round out your supplement regime. Elderberry syrup or extract is a great option for controlling candida and eliminating acne.
(4) Face Wash:
Using tea tree based products as a face-wash will revolutionize your skin care routine. Tea tree oil is an all natural essential oil which kills off bad bacteria on your skin. At the same time, it does a great job of moisturizing your skin.
You should cleanse your face twice per day, at morning and at night. Sweat can lead to acne breakouts due to skin irritation, especially around the forehead. If you exercise, you should cleanse and shower right after your workout.
(5) Reduce Your Stress Level:
Worrying about an acne attack can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The stress of the worry brings on the acne. Stress can work against your skin by suppressing your immune system with the effect that infections within blocked pores develop into acne episodes.
Here are 6 things you can do today to relieve stress induced acne:
(2) Reduce your caffeine intake
(3) Walk outside or 20 minutes (over and above exercise)
(4) Listen to music
(5) Get 7-8 hours sleep each night
(6) Get outside your head – don’t internalize every aspect of your day
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