Our last article in the series dealt with some common myths about acne. By now you should have a much clearer picture of how acne works—what does cause it, and what doesn’t cause it. Now, we are ready to talk about treatment for acne. As an acne sufferer, you will be very eager to learn the best strategies for dealing with your acne problem.
I always recommend a multi-pronged approach to the treatment of acne. This is a serious problem that is affecting your life in many ways, and it deserves your attention. Imagine how you will feel when you start to see the success! So don’t be daunted by the fact that I’m going to look at so many different treatment techniques.
It’s worth it.
First Treatment Tip – Eat Healthy
Now, I explained in the article on acne myths that acne is not caused by food. So feel free to eat your favorite foods; I’m not going to put you on a diet here. At the same time, you cannot ignore the importance of a healthy diet on your ability to get over your acne problem. A good, balanced diet, high in nutrition, will boost your immune system and help your body to naturally combat the acne problem you are dealing with. Anti-inflammatory foods, foods high in anti-oxidants, and a lot of clear liquids (especially water) can also help significantly.
Second Treatment Tip – Exercise.
When you exercise, your body is becoming stronger, and fitter. This has a positive effect on just about every process in your body—notably, your immune system, and your hormonal balances. Hormones are an important part of the causes of acne; so when you exercise regularly and get your hormones optimally balanced, you will see the benefits. At the same time, the improved fitness levels will boost your immune system, so that your body will heal old acne blemishes more quickly.
Third Treatment Tip – Reduce your level of stress.
Stress is bad enough because of how it makes you feel, but the fact is that stress can also contribute in a major way to your acne. The reason for this is that stress makes your body generally weaker, and prone to break-outs.
When you are stressed out, your body produces a chemical called cortisol, which can actually be damaging to the cells of your body. This can mean more cell degeneration, clogging, and resulting acne. It also means that your immune system can become weaker, and less able to repair the damage of acne.
To reduce stress, I strongly recommend you make some permanent changes in your lifestyle. More rest and relaxation, less worrying about things you can’t change in your life, approach your life in a more organized way, and consider meditation if you need to. Whatever it takes, you can’t afford to be stressed out all the time.
A Whole Body Approach
Treating acne successfully is about a complete lifestyle change. This is a theme that I have kept repeating throughout this series, and I am sure by now you will have an idea of how important I think it is that you understand. If you want to see real changes, you have to make real changes, and when you do, your acne will begin to disappear.
Now that you understand how to approach the treatment of your acne, we will move on to one last topic. The final article in our series will move on from treatment to discuss methods of prevention.