Learning how to prevent acne isn’t just for pimply teenagers! These pimple fighting tips will improve your skin…and perhaps even make it glow.
Before the tips, a quip from actress Madeline Kahn:
“Time goes by and every day you do get a little older,” Kahn said. “In my case it’s been an improvement.”
There’s a lot to be said for aging: wisdom, strength, peace, compassion, and experience. But we don’t necessarily have to look our age! Some of us have worse acne as we age — a very unpleasant surprise.
These tips for preventing acne and improving skin health are from Dr Day’s book, Forget the Facelift: Turn Back the Clock with a Revolutionary Program for Ageless Skin.
How to Prevent Acne – 10 Pimple Fighting Tips for Better Skin
1. Reduce your stress level. “Stress, like extreme cold, is perceived by the body as an emergency situation and so blood is diverted either toward or away from your skin, both of which are bad for your skin,” writes Dr Day in Forget the Facelift. To prevent acne, find healthy ways to reduce your stress level. Exercise, talking, writing, and facing your problems head-on are effective ways to lower stress.
2. Eat nutritious foods. Are you sick of hearing how important it is to eat healthy foods? Well, it’s not over yet: healthy foods have anti-aging effects, and are connected to healthy skin. When nutrients are ingested and absorbed into your body through your bloodstream, they’ll go straight to your skin cells. More nutrients in your skin will help you avoid acne and keep your skin glowing.
3. Don’t overcook those healthy foods. “Overcooking, boiling, and deep-frying deplete food of essential nutrients and antioxidants and raise the amount of skin-damaging oxidative by-products,” writes Dr Day. Her tips for improving skin health include eating raw fruits and veggies, and keeping the fruit skins on. Steaming veggies is fine – just don’t overcook your healthy foods.
4. Go glug, glug, glug. Could it be one of the most effective anti-aging “foods”? Water hydrates your skin, keeping it plump and resilient. This tip for getting glowing skin and stopping pimples doesn’t include coffee, soda pop, or red wine.
If your skin is dry as well as acne-ridden, read How to Protect Your Skin in Dry Weather and Cold Climates.
5. Boost your metabolism. “As you age, your skin loses resilience – the ability to “bounce back” – and so on-again-off-again dieting can lead to jowls, bags under the eyes, and droopy eyelids,” writes Dr Day in Forget the Facelift. She advises jump-starting your metabolism by eating more food than usual on a given day or meal, then going back to your usual regime the following day or meal (or even eat a little less). This isn’t just a great way to boost your metabolism, it can help prevent acne.
6. Stop looking for a miracle diet. Diets that require extreme eating behaviors – such as all protein or no carbs – can result in unhealthy skin. This tip for glowing skin involves sensible, healthy eating: small portion sizes, regular snacks, and balanced meals. Your skin needs a variety of nutrients to stay young looking and healthy.
7. Fill up on fiber. Eating fiber-rich foods is a tip for healthy skin because fiber keeps your digestion and elimination steady, which keeps your skin vibrant and healthy, says Dr Day. Whole grains (bran) and fresh fruits are a great way to keep everything flowing smoothly. Bonus tip: they’re good anti-aging foods, too.
8. Say no to sugar. “Simple sugars, like table sugar and refined carbohydrates, are bad for your skin, just as they are bad for the rest of your body, because they are empty calories,” writes Dr Day. Simple sugars also increase the possibility of weight gain and the risk of type 2 diabetes…both of which an lead to unhealthy, prematurely aging skin. Avoiding sugar may help prevent acne for some people – depending on the cause of the acne.
For more tips on preventing acne, read How to Make Homemade Facial Scrub – A Natural Face Cleanser.
9. Indulge, but don’t overdo it. The idea that chocolate causes acne is a myth. Eating fats, salt, and even sugar once in awhile won’t damage your skin, as long as you don’t overdo it. Poor food choices on a regular basis, without a diet of healthy foods, can cause problems with your overall health — which affects your skin (and doesn’t get it glowing!).
10. Experiment in the kitchen. “I am constantly modifying recipes for substituting sweeteners for sugar, reducing the amount of skin-damaging salt, using healthy alternatives to butter, and amping up the flavor and aroma of adding spices and herbs,” writes Dr Day in Forget the Facelift. Trying different herbs, spices, fruits and veggies can be fun, delicious, and healthy for your skin because food affects your appearance.
For more tips on acne prevention, read Natural Eczema Treatment – An Easy Oatmeal Bath Recipe.
If you have any tips on how to prevent acne, please comment below…