Your face depends on you to take care of it. Skin reacts to its environment, and the things that you put in to your body. But for some, skin seems to be the most unmanageable thing in the world. Too many people these days suffer from acne problems.
The worst of it is that acne is embarrassing. It can take much of your natural beauty away, and it can be dreadfully uncomfortable. But your face is not the only area that suffers.
Back and chest acne are common among athletes and those who spend a lot of time sweating, or in dirty environments. Unfortunately, these types of acne are particularly uncomfortable. They can make it painful for you to perform exercises and daily movements, or even just to simply lie down. They can also make it so that you never take off your shirt for fear of how others’ will react to your acne.
But there is hope.
Natural, flawless skin is quite easy to get, if you are willing to make some changes to your daily life. It can improve your confidence, and the way that you see yourself. It can also make you far more comfortable, and allow you to enjoy some things that you have previously not been able to due to the embarrassment, or the pain, of irritated skin.
Step 1: Do the laundry
Do you take a shower at night, or in the morning? What about in the middle of the day? Well, no matter when you happen to take your shower, there are always going to be oils on your skin. The problem is that when you sleep, these oils can, seemingly over night in some cases, clog your pores and cause acne. The way this happens may surprise you, however.
Studies show that most people wash the sheets of their bed only one time each month. Still more people wash their sheets even less often than this, in some cases quarterly or even biannually. During the periods in which the sheets of a person’s bed go unwashed, they collect dirt, oils from the skin, dead skin cells and other things that, all through out the night, the person is sleeping in. This can and does clog their pores, and is one of the worst offenders of acne.
Now, some studies would suggest you put a towel under your back while you sleep. This has proven to help some people get rid of most of their back and chest acne. But all studies agree that the problem is oily, dirty, dead skin cell covered sheets. That means that washing your sheets is a sure way to improve your skin quality quickly and effectively.
You should aim to wash your sheets once every week, just as you would wash other laundry items. This will help them to stay clean, and prevent them from gathering enough oils and other impurities to affect your skin quality in any way.
Step 2: Watch what you put in your mouth
Studies have proven that what you eat most definitely affects how your skin looks. Many people come to the very wrong conclusion that chocolate can and will give you pimples. It does not. An excess of chocolate, or any other highly oily food full of fats, does.
So that means if you eat too much peanut butter, you will potentially worsen your skin; if you consume too much olive oil, you will have oilier skin; even if you eat far too much flax, you will wreak havoc upon your skin. The main reason for this is that fats are oily. And while not all fats are bad, just as not all carbs or proteins or even sugars are bad, too much of anything is bad.
One of the easiest, and the quickest, ways to clear up your skin is by changing your diet. Typically, the best diet for your skin is going to be one along the lines of a “cave man” diet. This type of diet simply means that you do not eat anything that a cave man could not, hypothetically and potentially, find to eat.
That means no fried foods (which are terrible for your complexion), no sugary sweets, no processed foods. Consuming fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and other natural, straight from the earth foods has been proven to clear up all skin types, and in fact can change a person’s skin type from oily or dry to a more neutral, easier to manage skin type.
If you want to improve your skin through bettering your diet, a good way to go is to buy a nutrition book for vegans, vegetarians or raw food. Even if you do not plan on eating in any of these manners, the information in these books usually outlines the best way to approach consuming unrefined foods, and balancing your diet to better your body.
Step 3: Keep hydrated
The vast majority of Americans are perpetually dehydrated. They walk around dehydrated, but are so used to this lethargic state that they do not even know that they are dehydrated. This is part of a very large problem, however it is also a main reason why so many people have bad skin. Staying hydrated is important.
A large percentage of your body is, in fact, made up of water. If you do not replenish this water each day, your body functions suffer as a result. And we do not mean just going to the bathroom! Your body’s productions suffer greatly as a result of dehydration. Your body’s ability to produce melatonin and serotonin is inhibited; its ability to cleanse itself is impacted; even your body’s ability to fight off viruses and bacteria is directly impacted by dehydration.
Keeping yourself hydrated is simple. The trick is to keep yourself entirely aware of your state of hydration. If you have a headache that is entirely unexplained, chances are your body is trying to tell you that it needs a source of hydration!
Drinking a cup of water before breakfast, and another cup shortly after or with your breakfast, can help you to start off on the right foot. Drinking a cup of water with each meal and a cup in between each meal is another step in the right direction. Finally, drinking a cup before, during and after any sports activity will get you close to your daily water intake needs. Have another cup an hour or two before bed and you are on track to keeping yourself hydrated. Most importantly, you are also cleansing your skin.
Believe or not, sweat is actually good for your skin. Many people associate sweat with acne, simply because back acne is so common with sports, but the truth of the matter is that acne is caused by dirt clogging your pores, which can occur if you are playing a sport and your tee shirt gathers too many impurities and oils. Sweating actually helps to cleanse your pores, and it bring us to our fourth step to better skin:
Step 4: Break out in a sweat
Working out is a great remedy for bad skin. Sweat actually helps your pores to cleanse themselves of many of the impurities that they gather through out the day. Do not be fueled by the acne ridden sports persons you see some times; the reason so many people wind up with acne when they play sports is that they do not bother to clean themselves up after their exercise. This means that the dirt that collects in their pores stays there, and as a result is clogs their pores.
After any work out, regardless of how intense it may have felt, towel yourself off, or take a shower if you can. If you can not take a shower, and you do decide to towel off be gentle—scrubbing at your pores can cause tears, leaving them open for more dirt and oils to gather and infect your skin. In the instance that you are able to take a shower, don’t slack; your after work out shower should be just as thorough as any other shower you take.
In fact, you should pay especial attention to your upper back and shoulders when you take a shower after you work out, because this is one of the most common places for dirt and oils to gather. The reason is because your tee shirt captures the dirt and literally acts to press it against your pores.
In your after work out shower, you should be sure to do a couple of things. The first should, naturally, be to wash your face. The second should be to wash your entire body; that means do not skip your feet, as it is actually quite possible to get acne anywhere on your body, including there. Lastly, you should be sure to wash your hair.
Your hair gathers oils just like your skin and clothing do. The problem with your hair, especially if it is longer, is that it is in constant contact with your skin. this can lead to acne on the forehead, the cheeks, the chin, the back of the neck, on the trapezius muscles, on the shoulders, behind the ears and even on the scalp.
Step 5: Keep your hands away from your face
Yes, it is true; touching your face is one of the sure fire ways to ensure that you get a face full of acne. The reason? Think off all the things that you touch during the day; doorknobs, pencils, desks, computer keyboards, other people’s hands, your shoes, the floor, your food, counters—literally hundreds of things each day.
Even if you wash your hands regularly through out the day, unless you want to end up with dry and cracked, bleeding hands, you are going to have some sort of dirt and some kind of oil on your fingertips at any given time through out the day. This is natural. It is one of the most natural things in the world. But if you transfer all of that dirt to your face, you are just begging to get a pimple.
Not touching your face can be hard for some people. The reason is that it is such a natural thing to do. But acne is also natural, and we do our best to avoid it in any way that we can. Well, touching your face should be the same; you should avoid touching your face at any cost.
If you have to itch your nose, grab a tissue and itch with the tissue over your finger. If you have to play with your facial hair, use a clean comb. Make a conscious effort to avoid touching your face no matter what, and if you do, avoiding touching your face with your hands will become a habit, just as touching your face with your hands had once been.
How to Do It All
As you can see, there is not much work to getting clearer skin. Much of the problem stems from learned traits and life style choices. Of course, you do not have to avoid all cooked foods to get better skin, nor do you have to self inflict yourself with OCD to ensure you never touch your face and get a pimple; touching your face once in a while, and treating yourself to something not particularly healthy once in a while, is not going to kill your skin.
However if you do want better skin, you should make a conscious effort to try some of the steps listed above. They are the only proven methods to really and truly clearing up your skin. The most important, however, comes down to diet; your diet is going to dictate your skin for the rest of your life. So even if you choose not to follow all of the steps, we suggest you at least make some changes to the way that you currently eat.
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This article was written by Claire Harvey who recommends that you visit this site to discover the best acne treatments for 2013.