Lifestyle changes to help acne suferers

1. Drink plenty of water

This may seem obvious, but ensuring you drink plenty of water will keep you hydrated and help flush out toxins from your body. Whilst water on its own won’t stop you breaking out, it can help to increase blood flow around the body which will in turn help keep your skin in better condition.

2. Get enough sleep

Studies have shown that lack of sleep can significantly increase stress levels, but we’re not talking about stress, we’re talking about acne, right?

Right. However, stress produces a checmical in the body which can cause abnormalities in skin cells and structure, which in turn can make conditions like acne worse

3. Watch your diet

Foods which are high in sugar can boost your blood sugar levels quickly, and induce a boost in insulin production.

Too much insulin in the human blood stream can cause changes which lead to the creation of cells which clog your pores, and also boosts oil creation in your glands – a recipe for disaster in acne sufferers!

4. Be careful with hair products

Certain shampoos, conditioners, gels and hairsprays can cause acne by filling pores with oils, you can tell by the tell tale sign of acne around the hairline.

To avoid this issue, wash your hair first and then cleanse your face after to get rid of any oils and other chemicals.

Simple Home Remedies for Acne

Whilst there are many over the counter treatments for acne, sometimes the cheap or free home treatments can be the best, but they are not for everyone, so try these at your own risk!

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda can help to balance PH levels and has antiseptic properties which may help with acne.

Mix 2 – 3 spoons of baking soda with luke warm water to make a thin paste, apply it to your spots and inflamed areas and leave it to work for 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Repeat this process 2 – 3 times per day until you can see noticeable results.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil has antibacterial properties which can clear up acne causing bacteria, it also has penetrating properties which means it can unblock your glands and pores from the inside out.

Use cotton wool to apply tea tree oil before going to bed, after your regular cleansing routine.
Leave the tea tree oil on overnight and rinse of the following morning using luke warm water.
Repeat this process daily until desired results are achieved.

3. Egg Whites

This one may sound gross, but it really works for some people! Egg whites contain proteins which can help to clear up acne and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

Seperate 2 – 3 eggs and apply the whites to your affected areas. Wait around 5 – 10 minutes and then rinse off using luke warm water, not too warm, we don’t want to cook the egg!

Repeat this process once every day until you see improvements in your skin condition.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is great for helping wounds heal and has anti inflamitory properties which can help with acne

You can either use fresh aloe vera gel straight from a leaf, or use pre-bought aloe vera juice.
Apply the gel or juice to the affected areas and gently massage it in for 2 – 3 minutes. Leave the aloe vera to work for around 5 minutes and then rinse clean with luke warm water.

Repeat this process daily for up to 3 days, if you see an improvement then continue, otherwise it may be wise to try one of our other home remedies.

5. Steam

Perhaps the simplest of all, steam can deep clean your skin and open up your pores helping to remove blockages and dirt

Fill a bowl with hot (steaming, but not boiling) water.

drape a towel over your head and the bowl and keep your face above the water, in the steam for around 10 minutes, repeat this process 3 – 4 times per week (we find every other day is good, for example Mon Wed Fri)

4 Tips to Help Acne

1. Use Skin Cleanser

Use a gentle skin cleanser to cleanse your skin – don’t scrub or exfoliate your skin as this will make things worse.

Gently foam up your cleanser and leave it on your skin for a short time (30 seconds should do it), then wash it off with warm water.

Skin cleanser cleans your skin, it won’t remove your blemishes instantly but over time it will improve things.

2. Don’t pick or squeeze!

It may be tempting to scratch or squeeze your spots and blackheads, but this can leave unsightly scratches and also spreads the bacteria which is causing your acne, sit on your hands if you have to, but do not pick!

You may be able to clear blackheads by soaking a cloth in warm water and resting it on your blackheads, doing this a few times per day for a few days may make your blackheads fall out, and other small blemishes fade.

3. Moisturise

Whilst it is commonly believed that drying out skin will clear up acne, artificially drying out your skin actually increases natural oil production, and it is oily pores which make acne worse.

The best way to keep your face moisturised is to use good old water, several times per day, however this isn’t practical for makeup wearers, or when out and about or working, so we recommend an alcohol free moisturiser applied after cleansing.

4. Treat your spots not your whole face

When you get a new spot treatment, it may be tempting to cover your whole face, or spread it over the affected area, however – this is a bad idea, you may spread the infection, or worse, you may have an adverse reaction, so use the spot treatment as just that, a treatment for your spots – apply it to each spot individually, even a small area initially, use it for a few days to see how it reacts with your skin before using it across a wider area.