Acne can affect all skin types at any age. There are no surefire cures for the skin condition, but here are some tips to help fight acne.
1. Skin Super Foods
- Foods rich in beta-carotene(Vitamin A) – carrots, sweet potato, squash and other yellow, red and orange veggies. Leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens, etc.) are also a great source of this acne-fighting nutrient. Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and helps reduce sebum production which can lead to annoying acne breakouts.
- Foods rich in zinc – pumpkin seeds, shellfish, meats, wheat germ, spinach, whole grains, nuts. Zinc is an antibacterial agent and a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. As an added bonus, zinc is crucial in wound healing as well as optimal immune function.
- A great supplement that can support healthy skin is a product called “ACES + Zinc”. It contains a blend of Vitamins A, C, E and minerals selenium and zinc. As with any supplement, it is always best to speak with a registered naturopathic doctor to determine a safe and effective daily dose.
2. Wash your pillow case often
Your face lays on your pillow case every day. Your pillow case absorbs the oils from your skin and
reapplies the dirt and oil. Thus causing breakouts. Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean.
3. Keep your hair and fingers off your face
Especially during workouts or hot, humid days. The oils in your hair can build up on your face and promote
breakouts—especially along the hairline. As for your fingers, they distribute not only oil, but bacteria
and other potential toxins onto your face. This is one of the main reasons NOT to touch or pop pimples
that are already present. You will most likely be making the situation even worse!
4. Wash your face
Wash with good quality, natural cleansing agents but be mindful not to wash too much.
Twice daily is ideal; more than that and you may actually be triggering your body to ramp up
oil production. Stay away from products containing isopropyl alcohol, parabens, perfumes/fragrances,
paraffin, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulphate.
5. Natural antibacterial/disinfectants
Tea tree oil is a powerful antimicrobial and can be used for “spot treatment” on existing
pimples/blemishes. Be to use a cotton swab to apply the oil and not your finger! Regular use of
honey masks can also be helpful in preventing bacteria-induced acne breakouts. Like tea tree oil,
honey has antibacterial properties and is also gentle on sensitive skin.
6. Get your hormone levels checked
Acne can often be an indication of hormone imbalance/change; this is why we often see acne
occurring in adolescence, pre-menstrually and during pregnancy. Your medical or naturopathic
doctor is trained to know which hormones to test and how to treat any imbalances that may be present.
More often than not, acne is often one of the first symptoms to improve.