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Preventing Acne

Updated on September 21, 2009

Preventing Acne

It probably goes without saying that preventing acne is much better than treating it once it shows up. The one thing to keep in mind is that effects do have causes, so the best way to treat the effects of acne (pimples, reddish areas, large whiteheads, zits, etc.) is to “put it in reverse” and find out how to “head it off at the pass”, basically, or in other words, how to keep it from ever surfacing. Acne can be such an embarrassing and socially debilitating condition to suffer with, because your face is something that you basically cannot hide. I do realize that there are other areas of the body where acne can be a problem (the back, for instance), but its most vulnerable “attack point” is the area of the face. Having personally experienced what it’s like to deal with acne as a teenager, I can attest that there are times where you literally don’t even want to leave the house. The self-consciousness that it can create can literally cripple your ability to relate to people freely, because all you’re thinking is “I’ll be they’re looking at these huge zits all over my face.” And sadly, due to the way today’s society is structured, a lot of weight is placed on physical appearance, sometimes even at the expense of considering the other qualities and positive attributes of a person. So it would behoove anyone who has ever dealt with (or is currently dealing with) acne to really do some solid research on the methods and ways to prevent it from ever rearing its ugly head (or its ugly whiteheads, maybe? Okay, bad joke). One fact that’s pretty hard to debate as far as acne formation is concerned is that healthy skin begins on the inside. What I mean by that is that the surface appearance of your skin has a lot to do with what’s going on internally, which is primarily governed by your nutritional and diet habits. This is a very sensitive area, because many people don’t want anyone to “mess with their food”, but we have to look at this area if we are ever going to be honest with ourselves enough to seek a real, lasting change in our overall skin health.

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Preventing Acne: The Part That Diet Plays

As stated in the above paragraph, preventing acne is a diet and nutrition-based issue, even more so than just what type of facial cleanser you use, or even the procedures you use to keep your face clean. Since acne doesn’t start from the “outside in”, but rather from the “inside out”, you have to look at the kinds of foods you’re eating to really get a grasp on what may be causing the whole problem. I would love to say that you don’t have to make any dietary changes at all and you could still get rid of acne, but it simply doesn’t work that way. As with any other area of success, achieving success with your skin health will require a certain degree of sacrifice and discipline as well, since you will more than likely also have to fight off old temptations to eat foods that are no good for your skin. The reason why a lot of people battle with skin problems boils down to really three things: H, 2, and O. Let me explain…good skin health is most of the time a direct result of adequate hydration, meaning, you get enough water in your diet. Most people, however, do NOT consume enough water on a daily basis to keep their skin supple and healthy, so the body, looking for any place it can for hydration, will begin to pull fluids from other areas of the body (i.e., the liver, etc.) to hydrate the skin. These fluids are often “waste” fluids containing toxins and other problem substances, which will manifest outwardly in the form of eruptions of the skin, known as acne. So you see, a root cause of acne is oftentimes poor hydration. So the most essential step towards preventing acne would definitely be to drink plenty of water on a daily basis, and honestly, to stop consuming beverages that actually dehydrate you, such as soft drinks. The reason why soft drinks dehydrate you, even though the first ingredient listed on most soft drinks is water, is because the high sugar content of these drinks actually has a reverse effect on your body in the form of dehydration. This step alone (of consuming adequate water on a daily basis) is probably one of the most significant steps you can take in preventing acne from plaguing your skin. It is generally recommended that you should drink at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to maintain adequate hydration. In one of my future hubs (because this one has gone on waaay longer than I initially planned) I will go into more detail about preventing acne through proper diet, so please stay tuned.

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