Acne: 4 Lifestyle Changes for Acne Solutions
Last week I discussed the causes and treatments for oily problem skin. Although acne is a medical condition that has to be diagnosed by a medical professional, clients with acne may be able to improve the appearance of their skin with a combination of professional esthetic treatments and home-care program. When it comes to helping clients who are experiencing acne, whether they are teenagers or adults, education is key. Aside from discussing the importance of professional skin treatments and following an at-home care program, it’s important to discuss how bad lifestyle habits can affect acne. Below I share four habits that clients need to change for better home care.
Over-cleansing can be detrimental to acne prone skin. This can further irritate the skin, stripping essential moisture, causing inflammation and additional risk of infection.
Break bad habits, such as picking and squeezing the skin. Picking can spread acne-causing bacteria, and squeezing can spread infected material deeper into the skin, causing more inflammation and even scarring. As I always say, acne will go away, but scars will not.
Don’t neglect your diet.
New research has found that dairy and fermented or yeast-based foods can exacerbate acne conditions. These include aged cheeses, highly processed milk, wine, beer, champagne and mushrooms. Skin care experts now recommend probiotics to counteract unhealthy bacteria living in the stomach lining and the resulting inflammation that can increase acne flare ups as well.
Avoid sunbathing, and not just because of the damaging UV light. Once considered part of an acne treatment program, UV light can initially dry up excess sebum and reduce pustules, but can lead to a cascade of reactions that actually increase oil production and sebum build-up on the skin.
Have questions about skin care or best practices at your salon or spa? Leave them in the comments below!
*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your doctor or health provider with any questions or concerns you may have about a medical condition.