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Lifestyle Changes to Combat Acne

Living with acne isn’t fun. And unfortunately, acne doesn’t disappear when you grow out of your teenage years. While it might be at its most prolific in your teens, adult acne is still a genuine and common problem.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be something that hinders your life too much. Although finding what does and doesn’t work for you when it comes to lifestyle, diet, and skincare choices can be a bit of trial and error. This article has some suggestions on how you can deal with acne as an adult and start to get that spot free of clear skin you have always dreamed of.

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Contrary to popular belief, acne isn’t caused by poor hygiene. In fact, the opposite is true. While cleansing is an important part of your skincare routine for dealing with acne, you need to make sure you are using a gentle cleanser.

Removing the skin’s natural barriers will lead to more breakouts, and your skin will be more susceptible to flare-ups. Opt for a fragrance and alcohol-free cleanser that will soothe your skin and protect it.

Acne treatments and retinol are your best friend. Best applied 15 minutes after cleansing; retinol products work by exfoliating dead skin cells inside pores meaning there are fewer options for clogging, leading to breakouts. When it comes to moisturizing with acne, you want lightweight hydrating moisture that won’t clog your pores.


When it comes to your diet and acne, it is widely thought that foods that stimulate hormones or insulin production – often referred to as high glycemic food- should be avoided. While for some people, chocolate can cause breakouts; this isn’t true for all acne sufferers.

Diets high in trans fats, saturated fats, and dairy can all play a part in your skin condition. Experts suggest avoiding foods such as white bread, refined sugars, potatoes, and white rice. Stick to whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated. Spinach, blueberries, yellow and orange foods, along with nuts, salmon, and mackerel, can help your skin recover from and reduce acne.


Leading an unhealthy life will only cause your breakouts to be more frequent and severe. Avoid this by making lifestyle changes. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Get out into the sun regularly for your daily dose of vitamin D but avoid using sunbeds. Opt for more makeup-free days, or switch your makeup to a mineral-based one. Regularly cleanse your face and lightly exfoliate and never sleep in your makeup.

Exercise regularly – the sweat will help to unclog your pores – yes, seriously! and most importantly, keep your hands off your face. Transferring dirt from your fingers to your face will only make things worse and lead to more clogged pores and increased flare-ups.

If you are worried about your acne, then visiting your doctor can put your mind at ease, and in more severe cases, there are medical treatments available on prescription to help clear your skin.

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