Acne does not have to define your life if you make the right skincare, diet and lifestyle choices to keep it at bay.
Here are four ways you can prevent acne.
1. Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly
Acne bacteria breed from dead skin plugs found inside your skin’s pores. It’s easy for them to become trapped when you have an oily skin type.
Everyone’s skin is constantly exfoliating, however oily and combination skin types find it harder to shed dead skin cells.
Exfoliating your skin regularly helps speed up your skin’s natural
exfoliation rate, preventing dead skin plugs from forming and therefore acne bacteria from growing.
2. Follow A low Sugar/Low-GI Diet
Hormones are closely related to acne because specific hormones cause your skin to become oilier. Hormones can change naturally during puberty and menstruation however they can also be affected by food.
For example insulin is a hormone released when you eat high sugar foods. When it’s released it’s accompanied by another hormone called insulin-like-growth-factor (IGF-1), a hormone able to activate your oil glands into making more oil.
Sugary snacks are easy to spot, however high GI foods like crisps, white potatoes and white bread are often over looked.
3. Limit Dairy Intake
Dairy can also cause your hormone levels to alter.
Firstly it contains sugar and secondly it naturally contains hormones as it’s designed to help calves grow.
Eating dairy can help increase the hormones which help acne grow.
4. Moderate Your Stress Levels
The brain-skin connection is real. Stress directly affects your immune system making it less able to fight disease.
Acne is a skin disease and therefore in times of stress, the condition can worsen.