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Get Rid of Acne Once and for All

Updated on March 10, 2020
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Tory used to have acne, but now has overcome it by using some methods...

Do you feel tired from your acne? You have tried everything, but you are jumping to the conclusion that nothing works. Do not give up just yet because I am one of those who have suffered from acne, but things changed...

While there are many factors for developing, there are some things that you can do.

A Little Bit Of My Acne Story:

I, like many other teens, developed acne in my early teenage years due to the still unstable levels of hormones. So, if you are in your teen years, it is normal to have acne outbreaks, which you should not worry too much about if you are still a teenager.

I had visited a dermatologist and I had tried a lot of anti-acne products, but nothing seemed to work for my skin. My acne suddenly decreased at the age of fifteen when I cut down on many junk foods and animal products in an attempt to be healthier. I additionally noticed that my skin had cleared a lot, which was a surprise back at the time.

But then I fell back into the habit of eating more harmful foods due to stress, which was causing me to crave addictive and calorie-dense foods without much nutritional value. I had a second big acne breakout. Even though this was still in my late teens, even then I noticed that food plays an important role for the development of acne.

This brings me to my first and most important tip:

1. Eat Clean

When I had my second acne outbreak, I quickly realized food is the biggest factor in my case. You become what you digest.

Most of us can imagine what is considered healthy and what not, but here is a reminder on the foods to avoid and foods to consume instead.

Sugar, dairy products, meats and highly processed foods are the biggest to blame. If you manage to cut them off completely or cut them down to some extent, you will not be making the wrong choice.

Think about what your basic nutritional needs are: water, carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Calorie-rich, highly processed foods are simply made to be addictive and delicious, while also being cheap, which makes them very tempting to consume on a daily basis, and while they can satisfy your daily calorie intake requirements, they cannot give your body enough because other than being filled with empty carbohydrates (you need complex carbs instead), refined oils, etc., they are not packed with the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals, which are essential for the health of your skin.

Meat and dairy products contribute to the worsening of the skin because they contain hormones that your body absorbs when it consumes. Proteins like whey and casein, which milk contains, stimulate growth and hormones, but when your body gets too much of these proteins, they start producing a hormone similar to insulin, which can create these acne breakouts.

Sugar is another enemy of your skin because, when digested, it can get absorbed into your bloodstream quickly. When you consume too much sugar, more insulin is produced in your body, which can affect other hormones in your body, making your face more oily and susceptible to acne.

What Can You Do?

Reduce your consumption of the above mentioned foods while increasing the amount of nutritious meals.

Keep yourself hydrated with water or mineral-rich drinks such as fresh juices, but try to avoid sugary drinks or drinks with artificial sweeteners.

As I previously mentioned, add more vitamins into your diet. Get some fresh fruits and veggies, get or make a salad.

Some other foods that are good for your skin include, whole grains, legumes, nuts, some seeds, brown rice, and a lot more. Just make sure you add a bit more of those foods to your diet, while also making sure that you are consuming the foods you personally prefer or do not have allergies to. Do not force yourself to consume foods you know your body cannot digest, even if they are healthy for your skin.

2. What Remedies and Cleansing Products Do I Personally Use?

In addition to eating well, I still make sure I apply some skincare products on my face. After washing my face with cool water and drying it, I apply an anti-acne cream, which combined with a good diet, can help achieve a positive result. I make sure that the ones I buy are homeopathic. You can easily get what you find suitable for your budget.

As a person who grew up in Bulgaria, which is famous for its rose oil production, I have had exposure to a lot of rose products and they are quite affordable locally. I often wash my face with rose water. It is known for its numerous benefits on the skin, such as eliminating acne, soothing the skin, the anti-aging effects ,among others, and it is all natural.

You can get rose water online here. It does not include any artificial fragrances, parabens, or any chemicals that can potentially harm your skin. It is pure rose water you can add to your dishes when cooking something sweet, even if it sounds crazy at first. Rose water has its many other uses as well.

3. A Few Other Things:

You may already know some of these and you might be already trying to do them and some of them do not fully depend on you, but in case you are able to use the following tips and put them into practice, here they are:

Breathing Cleaner Air

Air pollution is mainly linked to respiratory problems, but it impacts your overall health, which definitely includes your skin as it is the organ that absorbs substances from the external environment the most. Poor air quality in cities is a big issue that you cannot fix alone and in one day, but there are some things that you can do in order to live in a better environment even if you live in a bustling city.

Clean your home often and grow more plants as they are natural air purifiers. This can create a naturally cleaner environment for your home. It is not only beneficial for your skin, but for your overall health as well.

You have an advantage with this if you are living in the countryside or in a rural town where you can be less exposed to harmful emissions.

Stressing Less

This is another one that is difficult to control for some, but while mass air pollution in cities is more of a global issue, regulating your stress levels is something that depends mostly on you.

Did you know poor air quality increases stress levels among people? This is why these two are linked and one of many reasons you need to keep the environment and your home clean.

Working in highly stressful working conditions can only contribute to the problem. Even though it is easy to say and difficult to execute, no matter what happens in an external environment, you are the one who can allow stress in or block it.

Maintaining Good Hygiene

You probably already know this one very well, but do not underestimate it. It does not matter how healthy the foods you eat are or if you use any essential oils if you do not maintain basic skin hygiene.

Make sure to wash your face after you wake up, before bed, after removing makeup - for those of you who use it, or when you feel that your face is too oily because this is when your skin is more prone to the development of pimples.

To conclude, although having acne depends on many factors, including genetics, external factors, diet, hormones, age, etc., there are some things you are able to do in order to decrease or erase these annoying pink spots from your face.

Remember, your skin needs constant care in order to be in its best version. Turn taking care of your skin into a habit that you continue doing even if you do not have acne or any dermatological problems anymore.

What did/do you use to treat your acne? Share in the comments below:

© 2019 Tery Peta

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    • Tory Peta profile imageAUTHOR

      Tery Peta 

      8 weeks ago from Bulgaria

      Thank you for sharing your tips for clearing acne, Priya. I believe your advice is very beneficial and it is a great addition to what I have mentioned in the article.

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      Priya Barua 

      2 months ago

      Oh, thanks! Someone needed to write this article. I had been struggling with acne for some time. What helped tame it was (a) visit to the dermatologist (b) cutting down on soda and (c) maintaining a skin-care routine. I won't quite say that my skin has become perfect but the above steps have indeed improved my complexion.

    • Tory Peta profile imageAUTHOR

      Tery Peta 

      3 months ago from Bulgaria

      Thanks for you comment Umesh.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice article. Acne is a stubborn thing and it is really difficult to get rid of it.

      Thanks for the remedies.

    • Tory Peta profile imageAUTHOR

      Tery Peta 

      3 months ago from Bulgaria

      Thank you very much Liz.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      This is a really helpful article for anyone suffering with acne. You have made some great suggestions, combined well with your personal insight.

    • Tory Peta profile imageAUTHOR

      Tery Peta 

      4 months ago from Bulgaria

      Thank you for your comment Lorna, I highly appreciate it.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      This is an excellent and well structured article. I never suffered with acne, however, my sister does and found that cutting out sugar helped. You have made some excellent points and your own personal input is invaluable. Great article Tory.

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