This blog post was written by our Founder, Maryanne.
I've suffered from acne since I was 10 years old, ranging from environmental causes to hormonal. Blackheads, Whiteheads, Pustles, and Cysts are all a part of my daily vocabulary. Over time, I've done plenty of research and experimented with many ways to get my acne under control.
This Mini-series is dedicated to you - a beautiful human being on their unique acne journey.
Before we even dive into this blog post, know that you are not alone - and don't underestimate your skin's ability to heal and regenerate. Mine certainly did!
To see Part 1 of this Mini-Series, click here
In this blog post, we will dive into the Lifestyle Influences that may be triggering your acne.
While stress doesn't directly cause acne, it can certainly make it worse and make it last longer.
What science knows is that the cells in charge of Sebum production is directly linked to stress receptors. Excess sebum mixed with dead skin cells blocks your pores, allowing bacteria to multiply. This is how some acne is formed. In other words, more stress = more oil production = more acne.
If you've noticed that you're getting more breakouts during the periods of your life when you are more stressed, it's time to do something about it.
Here are some easy ways you can reduce stress:
- Talk to a friend
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Practice meditation or yoga
- Listen to relaxing music
2. Environmental: Pollution and Sun Exposure
If you live in the city, there's no running away from pollution. Car exhaust fumes, excessive dust, and other air particles get trapped in our pores, mixes with sebum and create blackheads and pustules. In our next blog posts we will look at effective skincare regimens to properly clean and care for our skin as well as treat acne flareups.
Let's also talk Sun Exposure. UV Rays not only contribute to premature aging of our skin, it also ramps up our skin's oil production, leading to acne. In addition, UV Rays increase the inflammation in our body - also increasing acne. And let's not even get into hyperpigmentation!
This one is a no-brainer. In addition to frequent hand-washing and avoiding touching our faces, here are some tips to incorporate to avoid acne caused by bacteria:
- Change your pillowcase and bed sheets every 2 days
- Disinfect your phone daily
- Disinfect your computer keyboard daily
- Clean your makeup brushes weekly
- Apply skincare products with clean hands
- Wash hats and workout clothing regularly
- Avoid keeping long nails that trap bacteria
Are you guilty of any of these lifestyle no-nos? I personally was guilty of reusing my bedding for way too long and I paid the price with not only face acne, but bac-ne. Oh yes. I also used to never wear sunscreen - what blasphemy! But not to worry, if you are guilty of these no-no's too, start implementing changes in your life today. Your skin will Thank You later.
See you in the next Blog Post,
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Disclaimer: This blog post is meant for informational purposes only and is not designed to replace a doctor's professional opinion. Please consult your doctor before starting any dietary program.