Surprising Acne Treatments
If over the counter and prescription acne treatments have failed you, one of these surprising acne treatments might do the trick!
Modify Your Diet
When you eat high glycemic foods (like sugar and refined carbs), your body produces acne-causing insulin in an effort to correct a resulting spike in blood sugar. Insulin stimulates the production of hormones called androgens, and androgens produce excess oil that contributes to the formation of blemishes. Dairy may also be the culprit. One study found that participants who drank three or more glasses of milk per day as teenagers suffered from acne at significantly higher rates than participants who drank zero to two glasses a day as teens.
If you can’t see yourself avoiding dairy or moving to a low glycemic diet, maybe try it for a couple weeks and see whether your skin improves. It might also be helpful to keep a food diary so you can keep track of how your skin reacts to what you eat. Changing your diet is totally annoying, but it just might clear up your skin!
Avoid Hard Water
Products designed to lather (like many soaps, facial cleansers, and shampoos) are rendered ineffective by hard water, which is rich in minerals. When the two combine, they form a stubborn layer of soap scum on the skin that can block pores. Hard water is actually responsible for a lot of frustrating things like flat or dull hair, dishes that just don’t seem to get clean in the dishwasher, and skin issues including dermatitis and eczema.
To figure out whether hard water is causing your acne, see if your skin improves after washing your face with bottled or distilled water for a week or so. If that works, your best long-term solution is to install a water softener in your home (adding shower and faucet filters to a hard water home won’t give you soft water). It’s expensive, but your skin (and hair) will thank you!
What’s your experience with acne?…What has worked for you, what hasn’t?