Treating acne with over-the-counter remedies are great unless you experience sensitivity. Instead of reducing the inflammation and lesions on your skin, some products only seem to make them worse. Here are acne treatment healthy options that you can use if you are wary of using harsh chemicals on your skin.
Watch your diet
What you eat can cause breakouts to occur on your skin. In general, you should avoid overeating the following:
- Milk, eggs, and dairy
- Sugar and refined carbohydrates (i.e., white bread, white rice, cake)
- Junk or processed food
These food items are known to cause over-secretion of your oil glands due to high glucose levels. Observe how your skin reacts whenever you consume these food items to see if you need to avoid or reduce your intake.
To help improve acne, you should eat more of:
- High-fiber foods
- Green tea
- Fruits and berries
- Fermented foods
Consuming foods rich in omega-3, zinc, antioxidants, vitamins (A, E, and D) can help reduce inflammation, promote skin cell renewal, and boost your skin’s natural immunity.
Use oil-free makeup
Oil-based makeup has excellent coverage and lasts all day long. However, that’s where the benefits end. The added oil content only serves to clog your pores more. Don’t buy makeup that has:
- Silicone (phenyl, trimethicone, dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane)
- Mineral oil
- Cocoa butter
- Coconut oil
- Fatty acids (ethylhexyl palmitate)
These may help moisturize your skin and give your makeup a bright, glowing appearance. However, these are known comedogenics or substances that cause acne. Look for aloe, retinol, and Vitamin A. These help boost skin turn over and stimulate collagen production for firm, younger-looking skin.
Always wash your face
Never forget to clean your skin, especially after working out or wearing makeup. Dirt and dead skin cells can accumulate on your skin, clogging your pores. Remove deep-seated dirt with Actinera® Bamboo Charcoal Face Wash. All that dirt and gunk will bind to the surface of activated charcoal, leaving your skin clean and clear. Finish off with Actinera® Deep Pore-Suction Mask to secure moisture and promote skin cell renewal.
Change your pillowcase and beddings
Oil, dead skin, and dirt can accumulate on your pillowcases, which can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Clean your pillowcases and change them at least once a week, or after a couple of days if you have oily or sensitive skin. Wash and disinfect your pillowcase, and air them out under the sun to dry if possible.
Use tea tree oil
Pus-filled acne is often due to an infection of P. acnes and Staph aureus bacteria. If your stomach is sensitive to antibiotics, apply a topical solution of 5% tea tree oil. It does not act as fast as benzoyl peroxide, but you will see significant improvement after three months. More importantly, you won’t experience too much side effects (i.e. irritation, burning, dryness) as long as you don’t use it in high concentrations. You can tea tree oil it to spot- treat your acne twice a day.
Moisturize with aloe vera
The natural gel found in aloe vera has many skin care benefits that help promote skin healing and reduce inflammation. Cut the leaf in half and use a spoon to scrape out the gel. Apply after cleansing to help soothe and moisturize your skin. You can buy aloe vera gel in stores, but it’s better to use pure, natural aloe vera if you have sensitive skin.
When conventional treatments leave your skin dull, dry, and irritated, go for natural acne treatment healthy options. See which one will work for you, and try to mix them up to get the result that you want. However, severe acne still warrants a visit to your dermatologist as some healthy acne treatment options can still irritate.
What makes healthy options for treating acne better for you? What’s your experience with using OTC treatments for acne? Please share your story in the comment section!